Restorative Yoga and Gentle Yoga
Why I practice: The reasons I’ve practiced yoga have changed as much in the last 20 years as my body and mindset have. I began practicing in the safety and shelter of my home as a young mother. Yoga was just exercise initially. As I grew, had babies, lost over 100 pounds, yoga became something beautiful and powerful for me. It was the first time in my life that I’d ever felt graceful! Time passes, we gain weight, insight, wisdom and age and it shifted again. Yoga is much deeper for me now. I feel connected to myself, the world and those in it. My compassion and acceptance of myself and others has grown. My intuition guides me in my practice and my teaching, in my life both on and off the mat. Yoga is more than poses. It is breath. It’s is life. It’s is everything.
Why I teach: I teach because I want to make a difference in the lives of others in my community. Yoga and meditation have improved my own life and I want to share that with others. I’m many ways I feel that yoga has saved me. Through the practice of yoga my view of “otherness” has began to dissolve. One of my goals for teaching is to empower others to love and accept themselves exactly the way they are.
Qualifications: 10 years ago I received my first yoga certification through YogaFit. YogaFit is focused on safe, proper alignment, honoring and listening to your body and making the pose work for you and not the other way around. Moving forward with a 200hr course with Yoga Assets was a natural progression for me. I was able to dive deeper into many aspects of yoga, most that have little to do with asana. I have training in Yoga for Athletes as well and helping athletes is one of my passions.
Why I Practice: I found Qigong on my healing journey with a traumatic brain injury the summer of 2019. Little did I know how much I was holding onto that was keeping me stuck in so many ways. I have been able to heal from the brain trauma as well as childhood traumas that I didn’t even realize were holding me back. I am healing in more ways than I ever thought possible. Through Qigong I gain physical strength and endurance as well as calming the mind and creating more ability to focus. My connection to my own spirit and to Source as increased beyond measure. Qigong Exercises and meditations help me to release stuck energy and move negative, turbid energy out of my system so that I can heal and process the many challenges that come at me each day. I am able to live life more freely, fully and connected.
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Qualifications: I have learned and continue to learn through my own personal experience in healing physically, mentally and spiritually through Qigong. I became certified as a teacher and practitioner through Blue Petal Foundation at the Center for Deep Healing with Ben King in Feb 2022. I continue to take classes with Dr. Jerry Allen Johnson (known as the Qigong Master of the West) and Dr. Chris Holder in California. I am currently on track to receive my License to teach and do clinical work through Dr. David Hone at Elements of Life Institute. I am also in a mentorship program with Dr. David Hone.
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Beginner’s Flow Yoga
Why I practice: I practice yoga for many reasons and those reasons evolve as I continue my practice. When I first started, it was because the meditation aspect was an effective tool for changing my state of mind when I was in a negative mindset and the movement was relaxing/healing for my body and I always felt great afterwards. On the flip side, I realized that I could use more fiery energies to build strength in my body. As I continued, I noticed how the practice was helping me be more present and focused in every aspect of my life. Just the act of having a practice in the first place was teaching me discipline. Eventually, I had my first experience that could be described as “out of body” and I realized there was a whole other level of the practice that is naturally evoked by the process of doing yoga. This eventually grew to be the whole basis of my own spirituality. This spiritual experience is often experienced as a massive release of pent up emotion we have been unconsciously storing in our body and this release of emotion is super healing and can be quite the transformative experience. Yoga is the practice of integrating ones body, mind and soul and thus allowing them to be liberated and awakened from the illusions of ego and conditional happiness.
Why I teach: I teach because I believe in the practice so whole-heartedly. There is a long list of well established benefits but more importantly, I know how much of an impact it has been in my personal life. I feel it would be a detriment to my self and my community if I did not share these teachings. A yoga practice can ultimately relieve suffering in the mind and body and allow us to show up in our lives as happier and more actualized individuals. I believe this is my part to play in helping evolve human consciousness and bring enlightenment to the world.
Qualifications: 200 hour yoga certification.
Why I practice: I originally began meditation to help me with sleep. Little did I know, how much it would truly change my life. I had avoided it for years because I thought that I had to stop my thoughts and I knew that my busy mind would never do that. However, that is not the point at all. We just observe without judgement and what is there to be there. It was quite uncomfortable at first, but little by little, I started to come home to myself. I realized that everything that I needed was already within myself. I no longer needed to turn outward. I could be more mindful in my everyday life and start to really listen to what my body had to say. It transformed the entire way that I look at life.
Why I teach: It is so wonderful to get to share with others something that is so meaningful to me. I have learned so many things through my own lived experience and through others on their journey as well. I have unique gifts and insights about how to be more mindful and to live with more intention. I want to help guide others to turn inward and listen to their own inner wisdom and not what everyone else is saying. To find what really works best for them. I also want to be able to create a truly welcoming community. That inner peace that we all long for resides within us already.
My qualifications: I have been meditating for almost 4 years. I was able to go a bit deeper as a practitioner with a community for about 3 of those. I have attended different mindfulness trainings and have learned from many different teachers and mentors. I am currently enrolled in a focusing course and hope to be fully certified in a few years. If you are interested to learn more about what focusing is, you can click here.