Serina Payan Hazelwood has over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches in the wellness field, leading programs that bring people together using accessible, inspirational modalities. She has strong insight into understanding how to market ideas and bring projects to fruition.
Her academic career has guided her to an Interdisciplinary approach that has led her to create 3 foundational pillars:
In 2013, Serina began a somatic journey that revealed deep trauma that was dormant for nearly 40 years. Her life unraveled in a way that she was able to weave her self back together. Much of her focus has been on healing generational trauma having to do with the loss of her ancestral knowledge and coming to terms with being of multiple ethnic groups. Realizing that she belonged to certain groups but never felt welcomed in any of them because of the way she “passed” or didn’t “pass”.
Serina identifies as an Indigenous-LatinX-European, Woman of Color. As a young girl, she became aware that she was different because she was “mixed”–leaving her to feel that she didn’t belong. She was aware that society approved of her white-passing “exotic” looks but considered it a burden until she did the work of reclamation, ritual, and renewal. She knows now that all the places of the in-betweens (liminal) she is the connector…the messenger…the healer.
Serina received her drum circle leadership skill from Jim Donovan M.Ed, Assistant Professor of Saint Francis University. The evidence-based program focused on stress management and human connection through bilateral stimulation (drumming). Serina received the 2017 CTLE Innovation Grant Award to establish community drum circles at Glendale Community College. There, she facilitated successful drum circles for the senior citizen population, students, and faculty! In addition to academic leadership, Serina created a 200+ monthly community drum circle as well as visits to adult-senior centers living with Alzheimer’s. She is able to quickly adapt to a group’s energy and need by just feeling the room. Here circles are enjoyed and loved by many.
Serina is a master-level yoga instructor and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Her education includes: Raja Yoga, Core Strength Vinyasa®, Yoga Nidra, Partner Yoga, and Venus Code Female Sexuality Yoga. Serina’s style of teaching helps empower students to listen to their body and find the pose that works for them. She incorporates breathing exercises, guided meditation, rhythm, and movement to help create an experience on the mat.
Serina is a certified Holistic Sex Educator through the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. Serina teaches on topics that include: anatomy, intimacy, sexual orientation, gender, expression, culture, anatomy, and sexual behavior. Religion and sexuality are coded from internal and external sources from the day we were born; Serina’s educational approach helps people learn skills to find their own healing. Evidenced-based sex education is a powerful and important tool to help humans live pleasure-filled, meaningful lives.
- Currently attending Prescott College: Interdisciplinary BA with a concentration in Social Justice + Sexuality + Community Outreach + Culture
- Associate’s Degree, Glendale Community College: Religious Studies/Communications
- 500-ERYT, YAECP Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance
- Certified Holistic Sex Educator, Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment
- Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, Jim Donnovan, Inc.
- Fitness and Wellness Instructor certified through: Zumba, Inc, RealRyder Cycling, FitTour, and SilverSneakers