Yoga has without a doubt changed my life.
I began practicing in 2000. Shortly thereafter I found a teacher, Yoga Lynn, in my hometown. I was truly a beginner. My first class with her I felt very comfortable. So comfortable in fact that I closed my eyes and kept moving and grooving. When I opened my eyes and looked at the fellow yogis, I realized that I was doing some completely different “poses”. Seriously funny stuff! I decided to keep with the class I better keep my eyes open for visual input.
In college I would sign up for Yoga classes that were offered weekly for a couple months. I learned a lot from those structured classes. It was a lot of beginners work, repetition and commitment. Showing up to those regular classes kept me thriving.
When I moved to Alaska a few months after graduation there was space for yoga classes but no teachers. I volunteered in a heartbeat. I taught the classes that I memorized from college. It was beautiful to be leading classes with yogis in the outdoors among the mountains next to the entrance of Denali National Park. It sparked a desire to become a certified yoga teacher.
After Alaska I moved to California. There are a plentitude of yoga styles, studios and teachers there! I met other teachers that were not certified. I eventually lived with a wonderful lady that was a certified teacher. I would go to the studio she taught at, Laughing Lotus San Francisco and my practice strengthened. There were some difficult classes for me emotionally and physically. Even with the upsets it was EXACTLY what I needed. I saved up money living in Oakland and moved back to Minnesota.
I started a yoga teacher training at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center in Lakeville, Minnesota. It was a program that would take more than a year. This is what I was looking for. I got the book list and dove in. My teacher, Gwen, is a yoga teacher and a physical trainer. She understands bodies. She studied at Ganga White’s White Lotus center. We read a book of his and I look forward to going there for more schooling someday.
After leaving the Twin Cities I moved back to Bemidji. I taught prenatal yoga with a life long friend who found the practiced really helped the birth of her twins. Then I left for Duluth. While in Duluth I taught private, micro and some small party classes.
It is of the utmost importance for me to know my students. We evolve and the practice evolves with us. We change and grow and yoga is there to adapt and help us adapt to the changes in our lives. I believe in the power of the practice of yoga.