Since my yoga journey began in Thailand, I have been practicing many styles for about four years. 500 hour Yoga teacher trained in India, this journey has been magical and healing. Having incorporated the many aspects of yoga into my life, such as the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga, has had so many wonderful effects me, not just the intended ones, but I like to thank these practices for teaching me about myself and the world, in such a way that I can find happiness whenever it tries to slip away and I have created such a strong sense of thankfulness for- literally- everything, from having food/ accommodation/anything material/ etc. of any quality or quantity being aware of all the hard work done to create it. Pranayama has also had a profound effect on me. From my personal experience, when nothing else was working, a pranayama breathing technique did the job beautifully
These are the kinds of things I want to share with others :)
My Yoga (and meditation) background include:
*2 years of daily yoga classes (usually more than one or two per day)
*1 year of self practice and recommending/ instructing anyone who came to me to learn
*200 Hour YTT in Rishikesh, India
*300 Hour YTT in Rishikesh, India
*Meditation teacher for my Yoga school; currently doing drop-ins
*Eight months (due to injury) chair yoga self practice; lots of reading and research on asanas (review of what I had already learned plus many more details); while still recommending/ instructing anyone who came to me to learn
*Numerous documented hours of teaching travelers in Bangkok
*Inhale Peace in Delhi teaching Power Yoga (6-7am Mon-Sat); hatha yoga (4 days/ week with children ages 3- pre-teen); and "body balance" - Tai Chi (TaiJiChuan which I studied in China) Pilates and Yoga
*Currently arranging and holding class in Rishikesh
* Volunteered several times at a center with all activities based on mindfulness (including one hour of daily yoga and sitting meditation)
* 2 two day meditation retreats (Northern Thailand)
* 1 three day meditation retreat (Bangkok)
* 1 five day meditation retreat with Venerable Thich Naht Hahn - at which I received the transmission of the Five Mindfulness trainings (Ayuthaya, Thailand)
* 1 ten day silent Vipasana meditation retreat (Suan Mohk Monestary, Thailand)
* 1 3 day meditation retreat, in which we also studied Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Escondido, California)
* Currently arranging and holding mediation practices in Rishikesh, India
I have experience with many types of meditations through my personal experience as well through my own personal curiosity. My classes span from breath focus meditation to walking meditation, from eating meditation to Meta (loving-kindness), all beautiful forms which begin with an introduction to the meditation, including questions; and (sometimes) a little student interaction. My primary goal with these classes is to create a comfortable, safe place for each student, so that he or she may choose to be open and to receive to best experience they choose.
When I'm not in class, to learn or to teach, I am off on an adventure either nearby or far away, in exotic lands to learn languages, see and learn new things, become familiar with cultures, to meet new people and friends, and eat delicious, ethnic foods!
In my free time, besides yoga, meditation, and other mindful activities, I enjoy walking and being in nature; imagining and embracing the energy left from the history, and the life surrounding -and inside- me; taking photos; sewing and making crafts; studying Mandarin (and numerous other languages); spending time with like-minded, good company; and scuba diving, just to name a Yoga and meditation are an essential part of my every day routine to experience and enjoy the benefits of both.
My purpose is to love; learn; share my knowledge with others; to be the compassionate and empathetic ears that listen, while loving life living through my magical child . Using my skills to help people enhance his or her life is my passion; and that itself comes in many forms; from Free Hugs to non-remuneration volunteering in Bangladesh, from teaching English at very poor schools in China to farming and earthen building in Thailand.
My future goals are to obtain my Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, which uses Eastern and Western techniques, such as body work like yoga, meditation, pranayama, massage, and speech as a form of assisting people in need. Having studied criminal justice, aside from my major- psychology, I have an ambition to use these techniques in places like prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, etc so they, too, may receive the many benefits of each. I believe this can help not just recidivism rates, but it will also teach a way of happier life to people who need it just as much, if not more, than civilians.
Everything I've mentioned is how I do my part and how I aspire in making the world a happier, more compassionate and loving place :)
I look forward to teaching and practicing with you!