Iris Olivia Barber

Embodied Peace, Empowered Action

Be playful. Be peaceful. Be Resilient.

Find inspiration everywhere.

Know your boundaries, and test your limits. Move, sweat, sing, meditate.


Iris Olivia Barber is a fearless educator specializing in body based resilience and community empowerment. She has worked with public and private schools in San Francisco, Colorado and New York and has led private workshops around the globe.  Her innovative approach to education is fueled by insatiable curiosity and driven by a passion for equity and social change. Through the integration of trauma informed embodiment practices, systems change and social and emotional learning, Olivia skillfully guides students into a state of deep personal peace to take effective, empowered action.

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Education and Training

M.A. Educational Psychology—Teachers College, Columbia University (2016-2017)

20 Hour Trauma Informed Yoga TrainingHala Khouri, ISHTA yoga; New York City (2017)

500 Hour Yoga Therapy Training—Niroga Institute; Oakland, California (2015)

20 Hour Dynamic Mindfulness Training—Niroga Institute; Oakland, California (2015)

Advanced Leadership TrainingOff the Mat, Into the World; Ojai, California (2014)

Transformative Life Skills Training—Niroga Institute; Oakland, California (2014)

Surfing The Creative: Somatic Leadership and Rites of Passage Training—Melissa Michaels; Boulder, Colorado (2014)

Yoga for Youth Training—Niroga Institute; Oakland, California (2014)

B.A. Humanities and Peace and Conflict Studies — University Of Colorado (2013)

Beyond Duality: Yoga for Social Justice TrainingOff the Mat, Into the World (2013)

30 Hour Yoga for Trauma and Self-Regulation Training—Hala Khouri (2013)

Vinyasa Yoga Intensive Immersion—Billy Potocnik; Bali, Indonesia (2013)

30 Hour Yoga in Action TrainingOff the Mat, Into the World; Boulder, Colorado (2012)

200 Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training—Kundalini Research Institute; Boulder, Colorado (2012)