Certified Precision Alignment Yoga Teacher
in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL with special interest in Anatomy & Physiology and Injury Prevention
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Studied with Emma Tranter, director and owner of The Yoga Shed, as well as with the founders of SIYI, Betty Larsen and John Charping.
Dancing since the age of three, I would have never guessed that yoga would become one of my other greatest passions. I had taken a few yoga classes before, but I always came out feeling confused and defeated, until one day a friend urged me to try a class at The Yoga-Shed. She was certain I would love it, and so I reluctantly agreed to attend a seven o’clock class on a Sunday morning. Sun burnt and drained from the previous day’s activities, I left feeling refreshed; renewed. I had never experienced anything like it before. Something had changed, and even though I didn’t know exactly what that was, what I did know was that I wanted to experience it again.
I continued to attend Precision Alignment classes at The Yoga Shed during summer and holiday breaks from school; delving deeper into my practice. After graduation, I decided to complete the 300hr Teacher Training Certification in Precision Alignment Yoga through the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors (SIYI) program offered at The Yoga-Shed. There were lots of tears and challenges, but never once did a moment of doubt or a feeling of being lost emerge. For once I felt like I had a purpose.
During the process of earning my certification, I was invited by Heather Gleason, Fine/Performing Arts teacher at DeLand High School, to teach Precision Alignment Yoga classes to her students for the day, periodically throughout the months of September to December. I focused on developing classes that would be both challenging and intriguing, as well as sending out the message that exercise and healthy alignment are just as important as their education; nourish your body, mind, and soul.
After completing my certification, on top of teaching regularly scheduled classes at The Yoga Shed, I was asked to hold monthly sessions with the Stetson University's ROTC Program, where Precision Alignment Yoga was applied to running form. The sessions focused on bringing balance to the musculoskeletal system, and were designed to help the runner free up tight overused muscles, while strengthening the muscles that stabilize the joints in order to lessen the risk of injury. As a runner, (a half marathoner, though thoughts of training for a full marathon have crept up into my head, so far I’m only “half” crazy ;) ), I personally have noticed a difference once I started applying PA Yoga principles to my running form. Along with cross-training and properly fitting shoes, I have been able to enjoy running with less pain and discomfort in my feet, ankles, and knees (my problem areas from years of dancing with unhealthy alignment).
Recently, I am now also teaching at Fit Club Gymnastics in Orange City offering Precision Alignment Yoga classes to the Gymnastics Team (ages 6 to 18). Classes are designed to bring the body back to a balanced state. The upper body is used as a weight-bearing joint in gymnastics. Therefore, the focus for areas like the shoulders, elbows, and wrists is to create stability around the joints by drawing the muscles into the bone (creating muscular support around the joint site) while lengthening the muscles at the same time. Other areas of focus include the lower back, knees, ankles, and feet. The ultimate goal is to lessen the risk of injury through the learning of healthy body alignment.
Classes taught/teach regularly in the style of PA Yoga: Technique, Flow (active & slow), Yoga Wall, Hot Yoga, Gentle Yoga.
Series and Workshops taught in the style of PA Yoga: Posture, Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Runners, Body Systems (digestion, immunity, & stress reduction), Inversion Prep, Beginner Inversions, Arm Balances, Core, Hips, Breath & Meditation.