Natalie Garih

Natalie Garih is the founder of Smarana Healing and is a Somatic Pranayama Breathwork Facilitator, Energy Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Master.

Natalie graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A in Human Services and Social Justice. She has trained with David Elliott, Dr. Scott Lyons, Lisa Levine, Jillian Pransky, Katie Down, Jessica Caplan, Erika Spring, Zuna Yoga and a number of amazing teachers that contributed to her canvas of healing. 

Natalie believes that in order to heal, we must remember. We must work with the body in order to release what the mind has forgotten. The body stores what the mind “forgets”, suppresses and blocks. We are in a world where we numb our inner chaos. Our bodies are screaming for help through psychosomatic illness and chronic pain. By using somatic practices, embodiment, breath work, sound, restorative yoga postures, Reiki and supportive conversation, she helps unveil and encrypt the messages of the physical body and come back to our core and most authentic selves.

Certifications and Trainings:

ICF Certified Breathwork Coach - Yeditepe University | Istanbul NLP Academy, Istanbul 2021

Somatic Stress Release™ Level 1 – Dr. Scott Lyons, 2020

Korean Hand Therapy Level 1 - Edith Heidelberger, Istanbul, 2019

Breath Work Healer Training Level 1-3 - David Elliott, New Mexico 2019 

Reiki Masters - Erika Spring, Reiki Master, Maha Rose North, NY 2019

Access Consciousness® Bars Practitioner - Sara Grace-Holsten , Access Facilitator, NYC  2019

Sound School - Katie Down, (MT-BC, LCAT), Jessica Caplan, NYC 2019

The Art of Teaching Restorative Yoga with Minimal Props - Jillian Pransky ERYT 500, C-IAYT, NYC 2019 

The Art & Science of Guiding Students into Deeper States of Relaxation Workshop - Jillian Pransky ERYT 500, C-IAYT, NYC 2019

​Restorative Yoga Teacher Training | The Art of Concious Relaxation and Deep Listening  - Jillian Pransky ERYT 500, C-IAYT, NYC 2019

Intro to Thai Yoga Therapy Workshop - Sarah Seely, NYC 2018

Reiki | First and Second Degree in the Usui System of Natural Healing  - Lisa Levine MS Lac, NYC 2018

Tierra Santa Healing House Shamanic Family Constellations Workshop- Shaman Eric Lopez, Miami 2018

Issues in Alternative Medicine Course - Hannah V. Bradford, M.Ac., MBA, Washington, DC 2017

Religion and Philosophy in East Asia Course - Dr. Xiaofei Kang, Washington, DC 2017

Yoga Teacher Training RYT-200 - Zuna Yoga, Bali 2016

A Note from Natalie:

"My calling was always to serve people, through healing, listening and being a voice to the suppressed and voiceless. I have dedicated my education & career to human equality and animal rights, earning a BA in Human Services and Social Justice from the George Washington University. I have worked with vulnerable children and adults in poverty, those denied an education, medical care and forced to flee their homes due to violence and war, including UNICEF Turkey, Make-A-Wish Foundation Turkey and Metro New York, Children’s Tumor Foundation, For the Love of Children and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Washington, DC, and Street Kids Organization Nepal. My work lies in advocating human’s rights, especially refugees, immigrants, orphans, and those who experience abuse and violence. Yet, the more I traveled, volunteered, and dedicated my career to the philanthropic world, the more I was able to observe the missing puzzle piece we all deeply seek; the “human touch.” That's when holistic healing found me - an art that heals the mind, body and soul. I wanted to bring in a "human touch" to world of therapy and healing with a long-term effect. I saw the power of holistic therapy and alternative medicine through my own personal journey of healing. Yoga, Breath Work, Reiki, sound, meditation, compassion and silence allowed for me to heal, transform, listen and reconnect to myself. More so, I was able to release what my body stored when my mind ran away. I learned how to let go of core wounds and patterns that subconsciously ran my life without realization."