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Francesca Michelle Gold, Owner

Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 x 2, International Association of Yoga Therapists, YTRx

Francesca has been teaching yoga to diverse populations for over 8 years. Her path has led her to deep study within two potent lineages: The Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy (a world authority on Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda) and in the Tradition of Krishnamacharya (widely regarded as the Father of Modern Yoga). Francesca has a degree in Psychology from Carlow University and studied Clinical Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University.

Francesca is hired by a wide variety of individuals, organizations, and corporations to lead classes, workshops, and retreats. Her approach blends yoga, mindfulness, guided relaxation, meditation, and self-inquiry as a holistic approach to meeting life with an open mind and compassionate heart. Her sessions strike a balance between holistic, mindful, and meditative with a teaching style that’s grounded, practical, and accessible. In a nutshell, she crafts individualized therapeutic yoga sequences for people from all walks of life.

(in chronological order)

Professional Training

  • Advanced 80 hour yoga anatomy training (2015)
  • Level 1 Shambhala Meditation Training (2015)
  • CPR + First Aid - adults & youth (2015)
  • 'Take Five' Children's Yoga Training Certification (2014)
  • Yoga Teacher Training with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers (2014)
  • Level I and II Gendai Reiki Certification (2010-2012)
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy (2010-2011) 
  • BA Psychology, Cum Laude; Minors in Philosophy, Public Policy & Leadership (2009)
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology
    & Diagnosing Methods and Skills certificate courses in Rishikesh, India (2017-2018)
  • 500 hour YTRx: Clinical Yoga Therapy Studies at Loyola Marymount University in their Yoga Therapy Rx program (2015-2017)
  • 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy (2014)

Professional Memberships

Professional Experience

  • Therapeutic and mental health clinics (yoga, relaxation, mindfulness)
    • Residential
    • IOP (intensive outpatient)
    • PHP (partial hospitalization programs)
    • OP (outpatient) 
  • Schools (grades K-12) (yoga, mindfulness)
  • Educational therapy clinics (yoga, mindfulness)
  • Recovery centers (yoga, meditation, mindfulness)
  • Sober living houses (yoga, meditation)
  • Public studio settings (yoga, meditation, workshops)
  • Private practice with individuals, small groups, businesses
  • Mind/Body Retreats (yoga, philosophical self-inquiry)
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings (event organizer, assistant) 
  • Physical Therapy Centers (yoga)
  • Corporate Clients (yoga, mindfulness, meditation)
  • Teacher trainer at 500 hour yoga teacher training
  • Teacher at TRR (Trauma & Resiliency Resources) Warrior Project for Veterans 

Yoga Education in Schools

  •  Introduced and developed yoga into the curriculum of both public and private schools in the Southern California region. 
  • Teach yoga, mindfulness, and movement classes for kids of all ages in studios, public & private schools in Pittsburgh, PA, Ojai, CA, and Ventura, CA.

Yoga Centers & Retreats

Yoga Therapy Program Development

  • Create intake, assessment forms, standard operating procedures, and pricing system for Holistic Psychotherapy Center.
  • Pioneered blossoming Yoga Therapy programs in Residential, PHP, IOP facilities, holistic therapy centers, and more. 
  • Created proposal and presented to board of directors on constructing a brand new structure for yoga programs to be offered. This structure was successfully constructed in 2014 and is a beautiful venue where yoga retreats are offered.

    • The structure furthers and is in alignment with the mission of the retreat center through bringing people to the center and also through sharing the centers values and teachings with more people.

  • Created and facilitated mind & body retreats with up to 15 participants with participants from all over the country.

Facilitating Retreats

Francesca is a facilitator at the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in Ojai, CA where she supports the foundation in furthering its mission of disseminating the works of J. Krishnamurti. 

Her next retreat is in February of 2019; More information here.


Exercise Consciousness Yoga Experiment

  • I created and conducted a research experiment, based on IRB (International Review Board) standards and approval which combined my fascination between yoga, psychology, and the mind-body connection.

  • I examined the correlation between maintaining a regular yoga practice and levels of stress and attitudes towards exercise in college students.
  • Findings showed that there is a connection between the amount of and type of exercise done on a daily basis and an individuals mood, energy level and outlook on life.

About the Himalayan Institute Lineage

The tradition of the Himalayan sages is an unbroken chain that extends for thousands of years, a living tradition that still exists today undisturbed by the passage of time. This tradition is not concerned with the teachings that apply only to a particular era of history or geographical region of the world - its entire emphasis is on the experience of that Truth which is eternal and universal.
— The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition, Pandit Rajmani Tiguanait, PhD