Breathe Easy: Asana & Pranayama
When we breathe easy, we feel better! Join us to learn postures (asana) that help open the breathing spaces as well as simple breath awareness exercises (pranayama) that have the potential to impact how you feel from decreasing pain to increasing energy. Come learn from Master Teachers who have been teaching and practicing Yoga for over 30 years and were Teacher Trainers in the Iyengar system.
Type of Event
$40 if pre-register and pre-pay online. $45 for walk ins at the door.
Having trained hundreds of teachers as husband and wife, John & Betty are co-founders and senior faculty (emeritus) for Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors (SIYI).
John Charping, , Program Director of the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors, is a nationally known author and speaker in the field of human relations who now devotes himself entirely to studying and teaching yoga. Prior to teaching yoga, John taught for 20 years in a graduate program at The University of Tennessee where, in addition to his classroom teaching and research, he worked on curriculum development (chairing the college-wide curriculum committee for several years), provided consultation and supervision for student practicum and academic programs, and served in various capacities regarding overall program development. He has spoken and written about mindfulness in everyday life, stress management, self-esteem/assertiveness, and the power of expectations in influencing human behavior. He also presents workshops on yoga, mindfulness and stress reduction to local and national groups. For many years John conducted weekly yoga classes at The Yoga Room of Nashville (co-directors with his wife Betty Larsen), as well as weekly yoga classes and music therapy groups at a local hospital psychiatric unit.
John received his doctorate from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has a MSW in clinical group work. His extensive experience as a group therapist, educator, and human relations trainer brings to his yoga teaching a unique blend of skills and maturity which allow him to consider each individual with unconditional respect and positive regard. Since 1989 when John began teaching yoga, he has studied exclusively Iyengar yoga with numerous senior teachers from around the country with Ramanand Patel being his primary teacher. He teaches yoga with strength, humor and deep compassion.
John is also an accomplished musician who enjoys sharing his music with others.
Betty Larsen, MSW, is an Iyengar Certified Yoga Instructor who has taught yoga since 1982. She is also a clinical social worker. Currently, she is Curriculum Director of The Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors (SIYI). In addition to teaching public yoga classes over the years, Betty directed a teacher training and apprenticeship program through The Yoga Room of Nashville beginning in 1986 until 1999 when she, along with her husband John Charping, began the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors. Since the mid-eighties, Betty has written a number of articles on yoga; appeared on numerous television programs; was featured and quoted in numerous local and national magazines including Yoga Journal, McCall’s Magazine, Self, and featured in an article in the May 1997 issue of American Health for Women; as well as featured in two books: What Matters Most: Intimate Interviews with Notable Nashvillians (Dolman, 1997) and A Celebration of Women 1999 (The Women’s Fund Foundation, 1999).
Betty has studied yoga in both the United States and in India with the Iyengars, training extensively at the Iyengar Teacher’s Training Institute in San Francisco. Betty has lived in Asia (Sri Lanka) and studied with BKS Iyengar in Pune in 1989. Since that time, she has continued her training with Geeta Iyengar and Ramanand Patel. She brings to her teachings a deep understanding of human behavior and multicultural influences, as well as a thorough knowledge of the human body through her years of studying functional anatomy and through her art work of sculpting the human figure.