halli jastaran faulkner

Founder & Executive Director

I teach healing yoga workshops for women who have experienced sexual assault and abuse.

As a survivor myself, I’ve learned how to use the tools of movement, breath, and mantra to help myself heal. My Woman Warrior workshops use these same tools to create a safe space where students tap into their own innate healing power. I teach with love, and with the understanding that each of my students already has exactly what she needs to heal.

I first learned about yoga in my high school gym class in upstate New York. Doing some basic breath exercises ignited a spark of curiosity in me, and I’ve been curious – practicing and learning – ever since.

In 2014, I moved to Los Angeles and was trained in Kundalini yoga by Krishna Kaur, a Black American woman who learned the practice from Yogi Bhajan, who was born in India and brought the practice to American in 1969. Every day I am grateful for this lineage and mindful of the fact that people of color created and taught me this practice.

I was then trained in trauma-informed yoga by Kyra Haglund and started developing my Woman Warrior workshops while going deep into my own process of healing from trauma and post-traumatic stress.

I’ve also spent a lot of time in the formal academic world – earning my Master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University and my law degree from the George Washington University Law School, then working in education policy for over a decade.

Halli Jastaran Faulkner - Woman Warrior Workshops / Yoga for Sexual Assault

Halli Jastaran Faulkner - Woman Warrior Workshops / Yoga for Sexual Assault

Through all this, I’ve learned that real, life-changing work comes directly from the heart… And also that every great teacher needs some serious down time, which for me means relaxing at home in Washington, D.C. with my beautiful wife, Rachel.

I’m honored to have taught Woman Warrior workshops for sexual assault survivors in cities including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Rochester, New York – and I’m ready to connect with many more women around the world.

Our Woman Warrior family is one of the greatest and richest gifts of my life.


Lauren Buckner

Board chair

Lauren is an attorney and founder of Lauren J. Buckner PLLC where she specializes in the representation of small and mid-sized businesses. She represents clients in matters ranging from general business matters, including, contract negotiation, lease negotiation and legal strategy, as well as the purchase and sale of residential and commercial properties and other real estate related matters. Lauren is also the owner of Body By Buckner, where she specializes in small group fitness training in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Through her platform as an Athleta Brand Ambassador, Lauren shares her passion of fitness and nutrition with young girls and women and provides fitness classes and self-care workshops. Lauren is a certified yoga instructor and a licensed AFAA certified group fitness instructor.   

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Donna selby

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Donna Selby has had a long career in financial management and currently works as the Finance Manager for the American Federation for Children, which has an annual budget of over $20M. Additionally, Donna is a Reiki healer and life coach based out of the D.C. Metropolitan Area. She holds a bachelor degree in Metaphysical Science and is a certified Reiki Master.  As a wife, mother of two adult children, and grandmother of four, Donna understands the need for balance and overall wellness between the conscious and subconscious mind as well as the struggle to put oneself first for the highest outcome, not just for ourselves, but for everyone we encounter.

 
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Amber Wobschall

secretary

Amber Wobschall is a survivor who has experienced firsthand benefits and healing of Woman Warrior workshops.  Amber has more than two decades of experience in non-profit fundraising, campaign strategy, constituent engagement, and technology. Most recently, Amber served as the Director of Digital Fundraising and Supporter Engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Action Fund, where she oversaw a multi-million dollar online fundraising program. Prior to Planned Parenthood, Amber supported various national non-profits in their online fundraising, advocacy, and database efforts using Luminate Online and worked on training, campaigns and affiliate support at NARAL Pro-Choice America.   

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