I guide a mindful yoga practice that not only encourages the breath but also encourages strength and flexibility in each yoga student. I love to cater to each individuals' needs and teach them to not only listen to their bodies but also to honor their bodies.
I first started my yoga teacher training at corepower (200hr) where I learned power vinyasa yoga and currently I'm attending the Yoga Center of Minneapolis's 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. I sould be done with this in the summer of 2018.
I love yoga and I love teaching it to others. It truly makes me happy. It encourages me to be healthy as I encourage others to be healthy. It's a win-win situation!
I've been teaching for 2.5 years at the St Paul Athlethic Club and I've taught private classes from time to time also. I enjoy both group and private classes. Private classes really allow me the opportunity to slow down and give the individual more attention on a detailed basis that group classes don't really allow for.
Sandy is hands down the best yoga teacher!! She always teaches in a positive and rewarding manner, embodying a mindful approach that leaves the body and mind feeling stimulated and relaxed! She's also fantastic at reading and adjusting according to individual abilities.
Practice was great! Intelligent sequencing to explore your range of motion, utilized the use of breath to calm heart and mind, and the tone in her voice matched what was going on in our practice.
Sandra's classes are amazing -- she is a knowledgeable guide through practice offering *just* what is needed on that day. Ready to really dig into a challenging posture? She'll help get you there. Need to be gentle with yourself? She'll help guide you with grace. And, because we bring our *whole* selves to the mat, it's worth noting that she's a kind and goodhearted individual whose light fills a room. It's truly an honor and a delight to have the chance to practice with her.
Every time I've attended Sandra's class, it has always been a transitional experience of wellness and made me more of a wholesome person deep within. At any point I need adjustments or breathing techniques I need to work on, she listens and makes everyone in the class flow with eachother, regardless of skill level or body type. I thoroughly enjoy each class as it opens my mind and body to a better relaxed state of life.
First I would ask them some questions about themselves: How do you feel? What activities do you do often/daily? What activities do you avoid and why? Do you have any injuries or limitations that you're working with? Have you practiced yoga?
Depending on how they answer the previous questions I might have some follow up questions. Then I would design a practice for them and we would go through it together.
After I would ask them how it went and we would discuss goals and other things that might come up.
Growing up I was always a active person who loved to eat healthy and be healthy. I learned a lot about the human body through sports such as volleyball, track, weight lifting and long distance running.
In 2011 I completed Corepower Yoga's 200 hr Teacher Training in Power Vinyasa yoga.
Currently, I am taking the Yoga Center of Minneapolis's 300 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training which I should be done with in July of 2018.
If it's a one on one session, I would like to charge 50 dollars an hour but this could be discusses based on the student's ability to pay.
If there's more than one person, the pricing would vary per person.
Honestly, when I started training to be a yoga instructor with corepower I wasn't sure I wanted to teach. It wasn't until the first time I shadowed a yoga instructor that I felt the strong desire to teach yoga. It was magical.
After I graduated from teacher training in 2011, I didn't know where I wanted to teach until 2012 my friend asked me if I was interested in working for the St Paul Athletic Club. I auditioned and got the job. I've learned so much since then and I'm so grateful they gave me the opportunity to do what I love.
All ages! I would say that I have the most experience with ages 25-50 but I have taught kids and people older than 50.
Recently I took a job offer to work with insurance. I thought it would be a good thing for me financially but after 4 weeks of studying and training for the job, I realized it wasn't the right fit for me. In realizing this, my attention was brought back to myself and I asked myself - what do I want to do for a job!?!? Yoga. I want to teach yoga. I've been teaching yoga for 2.5 years now but haven't really felt ready to do it more frequently until just recently. I don't want to seek out other careers. I want to teach yoga. I love it, it makes me so happy and I honeslty feel I'm good at it. With my training and my passion for learning about yoga, I'm only going to get better.
Ask the teacher as many questions as you can think of about yourself and about them. Try a couple sessions with them and if it doesn't feel like a good fit, try working with someone new. Listen to your body above all else. The teacher is your guide but your body is what you should really listen to.
Sometimes I think it's beneficial to identify a style of yoga that appeals you the most. This can change over time but this can also give you a place to start when looking for a teacher.