With over 20 years of combined experience, Terri McDermott, ERYT-500, continues to pursue an active interdisciplinary career in health and wellness through the teachings and study of holistic care, meditation and yoga.
Education in Health, Wellness and Yoga
A Michigan native, Terri received her C.M.A. through training provided in Royal Oak, Michigan and her ERYT 200 through Jenny Lintvedt, Yoga Teacher Trainer in Traverse City, Michigan. Throughout her continued studies and employment in this area, Terri has taken further trainings with known teachers such as Sean Corn, Joe Barnett, Kathryn Buddig, Dr. James Lawrence and Mugs McConnell. She recently completed her RYT 500 through studies with Mugs McConnell, SOYA, in a 300-hour program over the course of 2019 and 2020 and is currently a Lead Teacher Trainer on faculty with South Okanagan Yoga Academy.
Personal Training & Wellness Programs
Terri understands the importance of incorporating wellness into all aspects of life and works with her private clients to create balance. This includes developing mastery of one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being through various disciplines and modalities such as deep stretching, breathing, core work, meditation, reflection, nutrition, stress management and wellness coaching. She is an Ambassador for Divine Warrior Goddess Trainings and has been successful in facilitating these trainings to numerous women throughout Traverse City, Michigan. She feels there is great work to be done in bringing together women and reminding them of the skills they inherently possess and removing those layers and restrictions society has imposed so there is movement forward with their life’s work.
Her work at the Cowell Family Cancer Center increased her passion for working with individuals overcoming illness and fear has helped her in her own life by driving her further into studies in multiple areas of wellness.
She currently divides her time in Traverse City, Michigan teaching and working privately, as well as, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Passion for Wellness and Community
As a child, the seed for yoga was planted when Terri attended her first yoga classes in a fellow elementary school student’s basement learning yoga from a dedicated mom. That seed took root and continues to grow strong. As she continued on her journey, those roots reached out, took her on a path of spiritual growth, and coaxed within her the need to continue to learn about the intricacies of the human body, our vessel in this life, the mind and spirit.
She currently serves as a board member for the organization, Yoga Alliance, Arlington, VA and continues to find ways to bring her teachings to her communities, both in Florida and Michigan. An annual retreat “Pura Vida Yoga Retreat” is provided and taught by her in Costa Rica always attempting to immerse a larger group to the concepts of yoga, meditation, pranayama and self-study.
Founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses
Terri has been practicing yoga throughout her life and teaching yoga since 2012. She is the founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses, whose mission is to teach the incorporation of wellness concepts, yoga and meditation into the daily lives and build daily routines with her students. She teaches multiple types of classes such as Restorative, Yin, Detox, Hot and Gentle yoga, SUP, along with meditation, and leads multiple workshops and facilitates groups of women in her communities fostering a tribe of sorts who grow and learn together. She specializes in one on one teaching and coaching based on client needs and creating individualized plans for students to include all aspects of wellness.