My purpose in teaching yoga is to help students feel better in their bodies. Period. This could mean a sweaty, strengthening flow, a slowpaced gentle flow, or it could mean sitting or laying on the floor for 60 minutes in postures designed to restore and rejuvenate. It depends on the person and their needs. Yoga is truly for everybody and every level.
Before I got into yoga, I completed several triathlons, ran a marathon and a couple half marathons, and had been weight training for several years. I treated my body like a machine and didn't listen to the warning messages that it was giving me. I encountered so much pain and injury that I had to give up running and weight training. It was during this time that I got really hooked on yoga.
I was initially drawn to Bikram (hot) yoga for its intensity and the heavy sweating. But even more than that, I was drawn to how calming and healing the practice was, and that's what kept me coming back. After a year or so of hot yoga, I ventured out to different styles of yoga, including vinyasa flow and yin yoga. Vinyasa yoga is designed to open and strengthen the body. It is a very breath centered practice, moving from one posture to another. Yin yoga is more meditative. Postures are all seated or laying down with longer holds, anywhere from 1-5 minutes. This style of yoga is restorative and rejuvenating. I currently practice a mixture of these styles, depending on how my body is feeling and my energy level. I teach the same way, listening to the needs of the practitioners.
I have completed a 200 hour training program with internationally known yoga teacher, Shiva Rea. I have attended numerous yoga conferences and have studied with several yoga instructors, including Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig, Sianna Sherman and Ashley Turner.
Yoga helped me heal from my injuries, physically and mentally. I am also back to strength training again. I enjoy teaching yoga and sharing what I have learned.
Although I have some experience with various pains and injuries, I am not a medical professional and can not advise on how you should or should not be moving. If you have specific medical concerns, please consult your medical professional before beginning a yoga practice. That being said, I also believe in the inherent intelligence of the body. Yoga also cultivates an individuals' ability to listen to and respect the boundaries of their body.
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