Alice Peters Diffely is a movement and nervous system educator in Portland, Oregon. Her various qualifications include Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® Master Instructor, Certified TRE® Provider, and Original Strength® Certified Coach.
A Portland native and an avid distance runner ever since she competed for Lincoln High School’s cross country and track teams, Alice was a member of Stanford University’s track team during her freshman year of college, until she was sidelined by injuries. She consistently placed in her age group in local road races throughout her 20’s. Competitive highlights include a 3:06 marathon finish as a law school student.
Alice was limited by Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis intermittently throughout much of her 30's. In 2004, she read and began practicing principles from the then-newly released book ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach To Effortless, Injury-Free Running. Thrilled to finally put those nagging injuries behind her, Alice trained personally with ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® creator Danny Dreyer in 2007 to become a Certified Instructor. Alice has been sharing the benefits of the techniques with runners and walkers throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area ever since.
Having practiced yoga and meditation regularly since the late 1990's, in 2011 Alice completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Sarahjoy Marsh in Portland. Currently, Alice is once again working with Sarahoy in order to obtain a 500-hour yoga teacher certfication. As part her her continuing education, in the intervening years Alice also completed Sarahjoy's TIBS (Trauma Informed Brain Sensitive Yoga) Level I and Level II trainings.
In July 2017, Alice took a substantial step towards expanding her offerings by completing the process to become a Certified TRE® Provider. Developed by David Berceli, PhD., TRE® stands for Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises. This series of 7 gentle, easy to learn physical exercises is designed to activate a natural process to release stress and tension that has accumulated in our muscles and connective tissues for any reason - whether it be day-to-day life stress, past or ongoing chronic challenges, or sudden traumatic events. TRE® helps gradually down-regulate the nervous system, giving us the opportunity to find increased resilience, improved relationships, and more contentment. Alice regularly incorporates TRE® into her own self-care routine as a complement to her running, walking, and yoga practices. She is particularly interested in sharing this highly effective stress reduction technique with athletes; with parents of chronically ill children; with family and professional caregivers of Alzheimer's/dementia patients; and with adults whose childhoods (and hence their developing nervous systems) were impacted by adversities such as parental substance abuse or divorce. You may learn more about TRE® by clicking here.
In January 2020, Alice added to her qualifications by becoming an Original Strength® Certified Coach. Developed by innovative personal trainers Tim Anderson and Dani Almeyda, Original Strength®is based on the understanding that by regularly revisiting movement patterns that we organically progressed through during our first year of life (diaphragmatic breathing, head control, rolling, rocking, crawling, and other contralateral and crosslateral movements), we can reset our musculoskeletal and nervous systems in order to move better and feel better throughout our lifespans. The Original Strength® approach dovetails beautifully with Alice's core belief that the way we align and move our bodies is inextricably intertwined with the wellbeing of our nervous systems. Click here to learn more about Original Strength®.