the beginner's mind
Yoga has been a place of remembrance for me. It's the place I have had the most luck in quieting the mind long enough to remember who I am and what I am doing here. The movement of our bodies, connecting with muscles I had little access to prior, holding in poses that feel challenging urging me to call on my self-compassion, coupled with the deep peace that follows every practice; there is nothing like it. Yoga is a practice and it is the most potent teacher I have experienced reminding me of the humility of being a beginner.
Finding a teacher you connect with is essential. I have had the good fortune to study with a few teachers that have had a tremendous impact on my love of yoga. For me, understanding the construction of a pose, and how to use all the surrounding muscles to support and deepen within has developed my confidence. Yoga can be a physical workout - depending upon the class you are participating in, what's also available is the mental, emotional, and spiritual "workout."
Yoga will change your life, if you let it.
In July of this year, I completed a 300 hour professional teacher training with YogaWorks. YogaWorks is known for their alignment based yoga sequencing along with their deep commitment to teaching the practice and embodiment of the 8 limbs of yoga. Working directly with my mentor, Anne Van Valkenburg has humbly prepared me to effectively and safely teach all levels of students. In 2015 I participated in a 200 hour teacher training with Birgitte Kirsten and Oliva Barry. Through my time with all of these master teachers I have had the opportunity to find the teacher within, knowing that my ability to be the student is the key component of mastery.
I currently teach at LA Fitness and privately. To learn more about an individualized private yoga session email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have the privilege of being a part of the Prison Yoga and Mediation Team. On a weekly basis we teach yoga and mediation to men and women who are currently incarcerated. Our purpose is to share compassion, love and respect to women and men in the most need.
Yoga has the ability to bring peace to whomever or wherever it is practiced. When a quality of peace can be accessed within, a new way of relating and BEing in the world will occur.
We currently teach in Los Angeles at Twin Towers Correctional Facility and Metropolitan Detention Center.
If you are a certified yoga teacher and are interested to learn more, please email me directly.