“Hanna Kluner is Certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and Grief Recovery Specialist. She has studied Pranic Healing with Master Choa Kok Sui as well as completing a three year program studying Energy Medicine through the Matrix Light Institute. Hanna brings with her 28 years of experience as a Professional Photographer and is presently merging her healing work with her photography, as a way of assisting in self-acceptance and self-love by reflecting back to you, your True Essence. Hanna has many years experience in assisting in the recovery of Self and it is both her passion and her life’s work.”
About Hanna Kluner
Hanna Kluner is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Grief Recovery Specialist, and she brings a depth of gentle loving compassion to both her private and group work. Hanna’s approaches healing by accessing the innate wisdom of the body through modalities such as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Somatic Experiencing. Besides her private practice Hanna offers a range of Workshops and Classes including one designed specifically to assist in the Grief process. Hanna worked at an Eating Disorder Outpatient program in San Diego as well as at Practical Recovery’s, Restoration Inn, which is a inpatient Recovery Center for women with trauma and addiction, offering Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, anxiety reduction techniques, meditation as well as group yoga classes. Hanna’s sessions offer a way to tap into unconscious and repressed emotions, as well as to assist in developing a deeper connection with the wisdom of the body. Hanna creates a safe space to explore the innate wisdom that resides within each of us, recapturing a sense of wholeness.
Experience Working With Survivors
My training has been in body-based healing modalities, some of which were specifically for treating trauma. These include Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Energy healing, Meditation and anxiety reducing techniques, along with breathing exercises all designed to regulate and calm the nervous system. My direct experience working with survivors of sexual violence came while working at a Recovery Center for Women with trauma due to domestic violence. Being able to help using these body-based modalities showed me the true power of this kind of work. It was truly a joy for me to able to make a difference in these women’s lives and assist them in healing on such a deep level.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
The founder of Somatic Experiencing, Peter Levine, said that “Trauma is not in the event, it is in the physiology”, and in the case of sexual violence, this is so true. From my experience, when we address the body by releasing stored tension, healing naturally happens in a powerful way. I believe that working with body-based modalities one can access the more unconscious and repressed emotions and heal from a deeper place. I have witnessed miracles in some of my client’s lives through offering these holistic modalities. What I really appreciate is that the techniques are gentle and not re-traumatizing. It is about releasing the stored memories in the body and then healing naturally happens. I love being able to bring more joy, more freedom and more peace into my client’s lives. The reason I like working with this survivors is because I feel I can really make a difference. I was given a gift and I am passionate about sharing it. This work feeds me!
The two main modalities that I offer are Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Somatic Experiencing. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy can best be described as a body-based psychotherapy. It is practiced one on one, and it is offered by using very gentle and supported yoga postures along with dialogue to tap into the more unconscious places. A client often reconnects with their own inner guidance by having the experience of reconnecting with their bodies. In order to heal, one has to feel and the only way to truly feel is to be connected to the body. However, in the case of sexual trauma, one is often cut off from their bodies as a protective mechanism and by reconnecting, one can begin their healing process. This becomes very empowering for the client.
Somatic Experiencing was developed by Peter Levine. Somatic Experiencing is done by connecting to and tracking sensations in the body. SE is about restoring the nervous system back to a normal, regulated state. Somatic Experiencing is a very effective and naturalistic way to address trauma and PTSD.
How Yoga and Somatic Experiencing Holistically Address the Impacts of Sexual Violence
Both yoga and SE are rooted in the premise that our body has wisdom and that it is designed to heal itself when given the right circumstances and listened to completely. In the case of sexual violence, the nervous system can get locked in overload and may begin to react to life from this locked state. Somatic Experiencing (SE) offers a way to access where a person is “stuck” in fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. SE teaches that trauma is not caused by the event itself, but rather develops through the failure of the body, psyche, and nervous system to process adverse events. SE helps facilitate the completion of self-protective motor responses and release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is done by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
Modifications for Survivors
When working with new clients I always begin by building trust. My work is client-centered, meaning I follow where each client is and how much they can tolerate. Both of the modalities I offer are gentle and supportive. In the case of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, I have in the past modified sessions when clients were not comfortable with the touch aspect so I worked without hands on contact until the necessary trust was built. I always respect the needs of my clients.
Additional Areas of Expertise
I developed a yoga program at a homeless shelter for teens 12-16, and found this work very rewarding. These teens for the first time in a long time, if ever, were able to have the experience of feeling what it is like to be relaxed and open. Yoga really helped bring more balance and support into their lives. I offered a Grief Program at a Seniors Outreach Facility and again found this work very fulfilling and important. I think that one of the richest experiences I have had professionally was working at an Inpatient Recovery Center for women who have been victims of domestic violence. The transformation I witnessed was incredible and I could clearly see the effective impact that these body-based modalities afford to survivors.
I am able to offer a sliding-scale for services.