Kintla Striker,


Yoga Therapist

International Lecturer

Trauma Educator


Researcher & Published Author

Treatment Program Author


We cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.


What is Kintla Yoga Therapy® (KYT)? 

The KYT Method is a proven integrative treatment for chronic, secondary, and primary traumatic stress, including diagnoses of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD) as well as other anxiety-related and dissociative disorders.

The KYT Method consists of compassionately implemented, trauma and polyvagal-informed, attachment-sensitive, primary evidence-based mind-body interventions that help to heal the roots of traumatic experiences that get in the way of experiencing a whole and joyful life. 

The KYT Method was created and designed to help heal chronic and traumatic stress at its origins, compassionately empowering individuals with embodied resources to move through the challenges of being human that may arise moment-to-moment, building new healthy responses and outcomes, supporting concurrent and subsequent psychotherapeutic and adjunctive therapies, as well as helping to facilitate post-traumatic growth.


KYT is available to all people across the globe regardless of body type, physical ability, age, gender identity, race or ethnicity. 

KYT has been successfully implemented with individuals and groups that have experienced chronic stress and traumatic events leading to traumatic stress, including sexual assault, human trafficking, combat trauma, incarceration, substance abuse, domestic violence, attachment issues, natural disasters, forced displacement (refugees), bullying, institutional and systemic abuse, cancer, medical trauma, chronic illness, auto accidents, child abuse and neglect, as well as the sudden loss of a loved one.
This is inspiring, life-affirming work, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be of service to others in this meaningful way. -Kintla
Kintla has nearly 2500 hours of yoga teaching experience. She began creating and teaching the KYT Method in 2009 after decades of working on her own healing as well as 30 years of contemplation and study and investigation of trauma and how we heal individually and collectively. KYT is part of her heart and soul, the culmination of a lifetime of experiences, study, healing, curiosity, imagination, adventure and learning, and it is her tremendous honor to share it with others.

Kintla is passionate about creating a healthier, happier, more connected and heart-centered world by empowering healing and post-traumatic growth in individuals experiencing the effects of chronic and traumatic stress. Post-traumatic growth means we are better people because of our experiences, not in spite of them! It’s a phenomenon that Kintla has witnessed again and again in her life and work.

In 2018 Kintla presented the latest research on the KYT Method and approach, “Therapeutic Efficacy of Yoga in Individuals with Varied Traumatic Stress Histories”, at Harvard Medical School. Findings include significant improvement in five domains of functioning (cognitive, psychological, emotive, and physical health and wellbeing) in eight weekly sessions. Access the published peer-reviewed article at ResearchGate:

Her commitment is to continue to work with, and to see her simple, heartful method compassionately implemented more expansively across the globe, with those suffering the effects of chronic, secondary and primary traumatic stress. Today, in 2021, that is to some degree, almost all of us. WE, individually and collectively, HOLD THE POWER to HEAL our own brains, bodies, hearts, and minds with what we carry with us every single day. These embodied resources once established are free and they are true freedom.

Kintla is an E-RYT, YACEP, as well as a KYT-CF (Kintla Yoga Therapy® Certified Facilitator), the CEO of Kintla Yoga, LLC, and the creator of the KYT Method. Kintla conducts KYT private and group sessions, is an international lecturer, a trauma educator, a consultant on trauma-informed practices and programs, a treatment program author, a published author, and acts as a research investigator (Michigan State University and independently) . She is also an advisory executive council member with the Women Economic Forum, East Lansing Chair of ALL Ladies League, a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a Board of Directors member of Mid-Michigan Recovery Services, and a Steering Committee member of Judge Michelle Rick’s Women Only Trauma-Informed Drug Treatment Journey Court.

Kintla Yoga, LLC offers a variety of services including private and group yoga therapy sessionstraining opportunities for yoga teachersmental health care providers, in-service trainings, cloud-based programs for NGOs, government and academic institutions, as well as consulting services, and cloud-based programs for mental health care practitioners to implement with clients (including a comprehensive symptom assessment tool).

The most recent research on KYT (2018) was with individuals having experienced varied traumatic histories and included significant improvements in five domains of functioning (cognitive, psychological, emotional, relational, and physical health and wellbeing) after just 8 weeks of the KYT protocol.

KYT is trauma-informed, primary evidence-based, heart-centered, mindfulness-focused, and choice-driven rooted in ancient yogic traditions, neuroscience, empathy, and compassion.


– Kintla Striker

The intention of Kintla Yoga Therapy® is to empower individuals to see their own light, to find meaning in their experiences, to heal and reconnect body-mind-spirit-breath, to feel, to increase confidence, to find peace, to re-discover joy, and to move forward with concrete tools–wholeheartedly embracing every aspect of being fully present and alive for the rest of their lives.

You always make my heart smile. Thank you for always being kind and validating me, Kintla. I have not done it alone, you have been so instrumental in my healing. I’m not a hero, what I have been through so many others have been through. I just want to heal and be able to help others the way you have for me, and be a voice for others. You are my hero and inspiration, Kintla. You have been my light through my darkness. You have found something in me I couldn’t see, you made me believe.” She has a caring yet professional demeanor and never pushed me into doing something I wasn’t comfortable with. She truly understands how trauma affects another human being and I have learned so much more about myself and how the human mind and body interact. I highly recommend working with her to anyone, whether you think you like yoga or not, as Kintla is definitely a necessary player on your healing journey.
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