When I was young my dad was a tennis coach so I ended up playing tennis and dancing. It wasn’t until later when I was living in Los Angeles and everyone was doing yoga that I took my first class in a gym. They say don’t be a follower but following my friends into yoga is exactly what began my own transformation and journey as an instructor. Everyone that practiced yoga seemed to be slim and fit so I thought it would be a good adjunct to my fitness program. However, I began to notice that I felt calmer and more grounded in what seems like a flurry of internal activity; friends also noticed and commented.
My first real class was four years ago with Annette Scott and I knew right away this is my teacher. Shortly after someone mentioned that she was leading yoga teacher training and I thought “I’ll follow her anywhere.” I learned so much about myself and what yoga really is during this time and began teaching.
I love teaching slow flow and restorative; taking a break. Our lives move quickly and I feel it connects us back to ourselves in a way that nothing else can. In a restorative class we may only do 5 or 6 postures with a lot of props; the more props the merrier. The props are used to support your body so your muscles can completely melt away and then your mind can follow. So if you have any injuries or physical limitations restorative is perfect for you. Lastly, I often feel like I would like to calm the flurry of activity in my life and I hear the same from other people. This allows your body and mind to slow down and rejuvenate in ways you couldn’t imagine. So many times I hear people say they can’t do yoga, I want them to know this is just the beginning. Don’t be afraid, you are safe.
Training: YTT with Annette Scott in 2015
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Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician www.facebook.com/kristencarla
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