I am a yoga teacher who has experience teaching basic yoga classes as well as teaching to specialized populations (cancer patients, seniors, bigger bodied individuals, pregnant women). I also teach meditation, restorative yoga and yin yoga.
I love meeting people and helping them find the type of yoga that meets their needs. Helping people tune into their bodies and become self aware is very rewarding. I enjoy my work!
I have the 200 hour Registered Yoga Teaching certification plus about 800 hours teaching experience. I regularly teach at two local studios as well as give private lessons.
I LOVE practicing yoga with Lisa!! Her poses gently move from one into the other as she guides with different suggestions "You might want to do _________ or you might not, listen to your body". Her educational background gives her an insight to what our muscles are actually doing with each move. I like mentally visualizing, taking my mind to my muscles. Lisa is definitely an assist to "Lotus Meditation"!!
I start by learning what the student wants to get from the experience (fitness, relaxation, injury recovery, stress reduction, etc) then set up a time to meet and get started!
I have the basic certification to be a yoga teacher (200 RYT) plus about 400 hours of teaching experience. I also have the certification to be a Yoga For Healthy Aging yoga teacher. I have only been teaching yoga for about 2 years but I have fully immersed myself, trying to get as much teaching as I can in this short time.
Prior to this career, I was a research scientist in the US Army. I have a PhD in Physiology (how the body functions). This has definitely helped me in my yoga teaching.
I generally charge $20/hour for yoga lessons. If I have to travel more than 10 miles, I ask for an additional $5.
I had raised my 4 kids and was kind of at a loss as to what was next for me in life. I did not want to go back to research which was very demanding on my time and energy and I wanted to interact with people. I had been doing yoga for about 13 years so I started the training to become a yoga teacher not knowing if this would be the answer. Turns out I love teaching yoga!
All kinds: active seniors and seniors who are wheelchair bound, cancer patients, people with bigger bodies, pregnant women, and people with injuries and chronic conditions (sciatica, plantar fasciitis, etc)
I volunteer teaching yoga to women that were homeless and are trying to get their lives back. It's through a program called Women's Empowerment. At a recent class, the students were on their backs and coming into a reclining twist. One woman said, "Man that feels good!". I loved that moment because that's what we all feel in that pose but usually we keep it to ourselves.
I would tell them that there are many types of yoga, from an active flow practice to restorative yoga, which is very relaxing. On top of that, yoga teachers can vary widely in their approach: they may be into the chakra (energy) flow, chanting and the more esoteric elements. I emphasize a practice based on mindfulness, which is related to meditation.
My advice is to keep trying to find a teacher that meets your needs, not to get discouraged if you don't feel a match right away.
What do I want to get from yoga? Relaxation? Stress reduction? Fitness? Help with depression?