Impact and Ethics of Touch in Yoga Therapy

Can touch still heal in a virtual world?

Soleil Hepner interviews Dr. Jenilee Sneed, Yoga Therapist and Psychologist, in this lighthearted yet insightful interview. Dr. Sneed discusses the importance of touch in therapeutic modalities, how it can be incorporated into virtual sessions, and what it might look like when working with survivors of interpersonal trauma.

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Jenilee Sneed, Ph.D., C-IAYT
Yoga-Therapy-Dr.-Jenilee-Sneed-Yoga-Therapist-HeadshotJenilee is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and a certified yoga therapist trained in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Jenilee has a private practice and also practices in the student counseling center at California State Polytechnic University where she offers both yoga therapy and psychotherapy sessions. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and works from an intersectional approach that honors an individual’s multiple embodied identities and experiences. Find Jenilee on



Soleil Hepner, C-IAYT, PRYT Faculty

Yoga Therapist Soleil Hepner headshotSoleil Hepner, C-IAYT, has been on faculty with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy for nearly 18 years.  Prior to that, she worked in the fast-paced world of High-Tech for 20 years. Being one of the few women in management brought high stress manifesting in chronic back pain, depression and a bout with cancer. Burned-out, Soleil left High-Tech for High-Touch in 2001 finding life-changing results for herself and her clients using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Soleil is best known on the West Coast as a speaker to therapists advocating for the need to bring the body into treatment. Soleil also has a private practice in San Diego where she specializes in recovery, trauma, and eating disorders.