Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” areas of life, Atira has been teaching trauma-informed yoga to women and girls who have experienced sex trafficking, exploitation, and slavery since 2008.
Atira has also worked for over a decade internationally in community organizations and international development as a consultant, clinician, and supervisor, as well as an educator in non-for-profit settings. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, researching the effectiveness of somatic and creative trauma recovery interventions for sex-trafficked survivors in Asia. Atira also has presented at numerous conferences alongside Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Pat Ogden, and Dr. Gabor Mate, just to name a few.
The CEO and Founder of an Australian charity (www.arttohealing.org) which supports the recovery of child sex slaves, Atira has also initiated international women’s health, art therapy, and trauma-informed programs for women and girls who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation internationally for the past 18 years. In 2018, Atira was instrumental in co-creating and delivering the first and only Somatic Experiencing and Counselling Fundamentals Program for Sex Trafficked Survivors, endorsed by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI).
Pre-COVID, Atira taught workshops, retreats & teacher trainings in 4 continents around the globe including Australia, Europe, Asia, and South America. She specializes in supporting women, men, and children, particularly those who have experienced sexual abuse to recover from trauma, in groups & individually, and in international development settings as a trauma specialist through the embodied somatic psychologies and other holistic approaches.
For more information, please visit www.atiratan.com