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GentleRaven (Gregory Ford)

I am a nomadic and a member of the Radical Faeries. I have been traveling about living, learning, and growing mostly independent of the larger system for 15 years now.
I have spent much time in community, learning social dynamics, cooking, handiwork, gardening.
I visit my mother once a year most years, and we have a good relationship.

Profile Summary:
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor Oakland, CA
Massage Therapist Oakland, CA
Spiritual counsellor Oakland, CA
Nutrition, Food and Cooking advisor Oakland, CA
vegetarian cook Oakland, CA
My Skills

Ashtanga Yoga Instructor

Category: Therapy
This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

I have been practicing AshtangaYoga 6days a week for 3 years and less 2 years before. The practice is generally 1 1/2 hrs in duration. I recently traveled to India to be with my teacher Rolf Naujoket and he is approving and satisfied with my practice. I also have his Heart Blessings as to my teaching. The teaching comes from my heart and imitation of his way. "Very Inspiring"

Yoga requires no flexibility, yet creates it. Always begin where you are.

The body has more ability than the mind knows. the mind doesn't actually 'know' any THING. It 'gets' 'displays' and 'modifies' them. We can also discuss Patanjali's yoga sutras if you like.

I am available most days and times to come to you. Please be ready by having not eaten 2 hrs prior.
Have a flat (not cushy carpeted) good floor, and a mat. Bathed.(saucha) Castor Oil in a bath or shower the day before will greatly improve flexibiliy and alleviate much pain. (having hydration and moved bowels is good too) (I can show you an exercise to help move the bowels along)

donations of any kind are accepted, people generally like to give anywhere from $20 to $50.

I am in SF/Bay Area at present, my # is 512 826 6427
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Relevant Education / Credentials
I have spent a total of 5 and 1-half months under the direct tutelage of my teacher Rolf Naujoket- in Oakland Ca, and in Arpora, Goa, India
Years Experience: 5

Massage Therapist

Category: Health / Fitness
Description of massage:

I am a male massage therapist, 34 years young but have had 15 years of bodywork and healing experience including a daily ashtanga yoga practice and culminating in recent certification at the School of massage in Sebastopol.(Sebastopol Massage Center) My hands are large, strong, skilled, and intuitive. Rates are $60 for 60 minutes, $80 for 90 minutes and $100 for 2 hours which is my favorite because I am able to do the detailed work for which I am known. I will put you into a beautiful altered space. Other services available, including private ashtanga yoga instruction.

With 15 years of massage experience, Raven recently graduated from the Sebastopol Massage Center as a CMT. He has been studyinghealth, healing, nutrition, and what he names “THE GOOD FEELING”, all in the cause of his own and others well being. Growing up in Texas and traveling all around America, and some in Mexico, Hawaii, and India, he has found a profound understanding of nature and people.
I have also been interested in breath, movement, and consciousness, all my life, with much dancing, listening, and intentional living. I have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for the past 3 & 1/2 years, (6 days a week; 2 hours a day). My teacher Is Rolf Naujoket, 30 year student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Trained in Swedish Esalen, and using Deep Tissue strokes when needed, My massage is described as relaxing, rejuvenating, and intuitive, integrating principles of Reiki-universal energy, and vocalized sounds to move and balance energy.

My massage reminds the body of its natural healing ability and of what the body felt like in childhood (minus the growing pains).

I also have extensive experience with herbs and yogic, shamanic, and psychic techniques.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Certified Massage Therapist-Sebastopol Massage School
Years Experience: 18

Spiritual counsellor

Category: Religious / Spiritual
see keywords and relevant education
Relevant Education / Credentials
The school of life, The yoga sutras of Patanjali, Bhagvadgita, Eckhart Tolle, doubt, truth, Byron Katie,
Years Experience: 3

Nutrition, Food and Cooking advisor

Category: Education
Advice and counseling on what, why, and how to build or break the body with food. Food as medicine, Medicine that is food.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 15

vegetarian cook

Category: Cooking / Culinary
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 5