Beth O'Hara, Radiant Spirit Yoga
Beth is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Therapist. Beth began studying yoga in 1997 with a deep knowing that it would help heal her body and bring peace to her heart and mind. She then began teaching in 2001. She has studied Iyengar yoga extensively throughout the US and at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Her teachers include Judi Rice, Jan Campbell, Dean Lerner, Suzy Munchnick, and Laurie Blakney. She continues her studies in the physiological, psychological and spiritual components of consciousness and maintains a daily practice.
Beth teaches freedom in body, mindfulness, loving-kindness, and presence with compassion, joy, and skillfulness. Her teaching has been influenced by her own physical challenges which include fractured vertebrae, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and joint issues. She has learned to work with numerous physical conditions and to use yoga, mindfulness, breathing and meditation to facilitate healing, reduce pain and re-align the body.
Beth also holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Louisville in Psychology with a concentration in Physiological Psychology and is pursuing a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. She is an Accredited Enneagram Teacher and Trainer in the Narrative Tradition and a certified Life Coach. Beth is also a senior faculty member for the School of Conscious Living and maintains a private coaching practice at the Conscious Living Center.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When you first contact me, I like to hear about your goals with yoga and any health conditions or injuries. Then we discuss how yoga might be of benefit to you. If this sounds like a fit, then in the first session I do a comprehensive assessment. Then I create a plan for you. After every class, you receive a list of home practice poses to work on until the next session. This way you can keep making progress toward your goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Therapist. I began studying yoga in 1997 and began teaching in 2001. I studied Iyengar yoga extensively throughout the US and at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. My teachers include Judi Rice, Jan Campbell, Dean Lerner, Suzy Munchnick, and Laurie Blakney.
I hold a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Louisville in Psychology with a concentration in Physiological Psychology. I have a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and am completing a Doctorate of Naturopathy. I am also an Accredited Enneagram Teacher and a Certified Life Coach.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Single Class: $90/hour.
Package of 4 Classes: $80/hour ($320)
Package of 10 Classes: $75/hour ($750)
How did you get started teaching?
I was in severe pain 24/7 from a car accident and being kicked by a horse. I had broken vertebrae that cause searing nerve pain. Yoga lengthened my spine and eliminated the nerve pain. Yoga also gave me the self-awareness and inner strength to change habits that were hurting me, like eating junk food and drinking too much alcohol to self-medicate. Yoga breathing helped me get rid of my asthma. It also helped me calm my mind and sleep better. Yoga really changed my life, and I wanted to share these amazing benefits with others.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with all kinds of students, from young children to people in their 80s. I mostly work with people who have chronic pain, injuires, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a teacher who has a lot of training and experience. There are many quick and easy yoga certifications, but they aren't thorough. Ask the teacher about his or her background and depth of knowledge. If you have an illness, injury, or medical condition, be sure to ask the teacher what his or her experience is in this area. Also ask how interactive the teacher is and whether he or she will be able to modify and adjust the poses for your needs. Then listen to your intuition about whether it is a right fit for you. Never do anything your body tells you not to do.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Think about what your goals and desires are for you. Also think about what kind of style will suite you better. Are you more interested in something fast paced? Something relaxing? Something therapeutic? Think about any medical conditions the teacher needs to be aware of. Then look for someone who fits your needs.