A very pleasant day to you!
My name is AJ and I am passionate about sharing my love for Yoga. I believe in the stability of the little things and how it can make a difference. A contribution to one’s happiness is what I seek. I began my Yoga journey back in 2015 and immediately fell in love. I love how the practice does not push you one way or the other, but always to the center. The practice is balance. It is a balance of variety and consistency, of effort and relaxation.
After a Yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia back in 2017, I wanted to further my understanding on the practice. In early 2018, I decided to undergo a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Chicago Yoga Center to better myself in my personal practice. Upon finishing the course, I was starting to have a strong desire to share my knowledge. So I spent an entire summer teaching classes for Beach Yoga Chicago. After each class, I felt the gratitude of the students for all my help and guidance. It feels amazing to be able to contribute to their well-being through a practice that I am very passionate about.
Teaching has led me to realize my own shortcomings and has helped me to grow not only as a teacher, but also as a person.I have grown to have an understanding that all bodies are different and that the physical practice, or Asanas, is merely an instrument that prepares us for what Yoga truly is. I want to be able to teach in such an approach that would let the student direct their focus inward to further explore and understand the other components that I believe are essential to the practice; the breathe, the mind, and the soul.
Since then, I have been to a few more retreats and seminars with wonderful teachers.
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July 2017 Bali, Indonesia and Lombok, Indonesia
2wk Yoga and Meditation Retreat
March 2018 Chicago Yoga Center
200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Suddha Weixler
April 2018 Chicago Yoga Center
10hr Yin Yoga Seminar with Paulie Zink
June 2018 - Beach Yoga Chicago
Sept 2018 Karma Yoga Teacher
June 2018 Chicago Yoga Center
15hr Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Manju Jois
Sept. 2018 Chicago Yoga Center
Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni with Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami
Jan. 2019 Kerala, India
Ayurvedic Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Suddha Weixler
(35hr in Yoga Alliance CEU)
Very wide age range. From teenagers to seinors.
Teaching Yoga in Quito, Ecuador for a month last September.