PERSONAL BACKGROUND & PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
I am a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Shanti HATHA YOGA Instructor (500-RYT) trained by internationally acclaimed teachers, Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee, co-founders of Urban Zen Integrated Therapy. Please refer to the Restorative & Vedic Yoga Therapy menu page to find out more. Additionally, I completed my training as a LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner, under Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and director of LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, who pioneered linking mental health clinical treatment with the advanced healing modalities of Vedic yoga therapy. I am also an initiated Kriyaban, or Kriya Yoga practitioner in the Swami order as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda through the Self-Realization Fellowship. I am a certified Holistic Health Coach (HHC) via the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
My distinct Eastern European upbringing into my early teens, centered around whole foods, holistic and natural remedies, healing and comforting home-cooked meals. My extended travels, particularly to India, Japan, and Siberia, had a profound effect on my exposure to various indigenous healing foods, holistic modalities, and my ever-growing interest in Eastern philosophy, yoga, meditation, and integrative medicine. You can say that everything on my path has led me to do and be who I am today.Before deciding to follow my true life’s mission as a Holistic Health Counselor and Wellness & Yoga Therapy Coach, I received a BA from Emerson College in Philosophy and an MA in the History of Art from the University of London, UCL. I worked as a director of photography and special projects editor for top national publications, including Newsweek, Interview, The Village Voice, Elle, Gotham, LA Confidential and Hamptons magazines. I translated my love for writing, travel, food, social and environmental awareness into founding IndieWomanMag.com, an inspirational online ezine for women, expounding positive role models and promoting earth conscious products, wellness, social activism, and sustainable living. I also contributed as a freelance writer to various web and print publications, including writing for Edible (New York) publications. Please ‘Like’ ClaudiaGhetuWellness on Facebook, and connect to informative posts on healthy, inspirational, and joyful living!