Rebecca R. Velasquez
Rebecca R. Velasquez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a yoga/meditation teacher with over a decade of social work experience and 15 years of yoga and meditation teaching experience. During these years, Rebecca has developed a special approach to helping people by skillfully integrating the fundamentals of social work/psychotherapy with the deep, restorative and reinforcing powers of yoga and meditation.
In addition to studying at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria as well as both La Universidad de Salamanca and La Academia Lacunza (San Sebastian) in Spain, Rebecca received a B.A. with Honors in Sociology from Emory University in 2001, a M.S. with Honors from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 2003 and her LCSW designation in 2012. While pursuing her undergraduate studies at Emory, Rebecca’s love for yoga led her to earn her yoga training certificate in the Anusara tradition from The Yoga Institute Houston in 2001; she is also well-versed in various other styles and traditions of yoga that include Viniyoga, Acroyoga, Bikram, Power Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
Rebecca’s career in social work has included five years as a school social worker in the Stamford Public Schools. During that time, she taught yoga at various locations, including The Edge Fitness Clubs of both Fairfield and Norwalk, Stamford Public Schools, Norwalk Continuing Education and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport for cancer patients. She has also provided individual yoga instruction in client homes and has taught chair yoga at assisted living facilities for the elderly.
In 2008, Rebecca founded a non-profit holistic school system called Connecticut Institute for Integral Education, Inc. based on the integral education teachings of Sri Aurobindo and ‘The Mother’ (Mirra Alfassa) of India. She then provided counseling for autistic children at The SEED Center in Stamford and later for geriatric patients at Memory Training Centers of America.
Rebecca integrates her many years of social work experience, including her knowledge of various psychotherapeutic approaches, with her skills in yoga and meditation to assist people overcome adversity, address roadblocks and pursue their best selves.
Rebecca lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband and two young sons.