I found yoga in the rolling hills of Athens, while attending Ohio University many years ago. First a retreat from the busy (mostly social) life of a college student, this practice has since brought me strength, acceptance, discipline, many friendships and loving kindness. Yoga helps me like myself a little bit more, and it's helping me find my purpose in the world -- what a blessing! In 2015 I earned my 200-hour certification from Cleveland's Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.
What to expect in Becky's class: As a teacher, I want my students to have fun during my class. I encourage creativity and ownership in the practice of each student. You'll often hear me say that "yoga is a practice with ourselves together." We begin with awareness and appreciation of where we are at the moment -- mentally and physically. Throughout our practice we'll detox our bodies by breathing, twisting and filling the space created with loving kindness and gratitude. I encourage my students to let go of any sense of judgment or competition in order to truly look inward, finding beauty and acceptance in their practice and themselves.
What People Say About Class With Becky:
"Becky led an excellent class! I did poses that I haven't held in a long time, so it was nice to have some fresh changes. I enjoyed the music and she also helped with some assistance that helped me improve my practice. Becky also consistently has fun and inspiring commentary. Would recommend her class to all!"
"Awesome playlist, great practice, and lovely teacher! I really enjoyed how Becky's theme of following your breath led from start to end. It kept me focused & aware. I also love how she motivates me to push my practice where I can! Thanks Becky :)"
"Was grateful for Becky's assists! Helped me stretch deeper. Also her lead in to savasana was soothing!"
Theresa has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, and was certified in Yoga in 2010. Theresa specializes in combining Therapeutic Massage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy for migraines, neck and shoulder injury, TMJ, Hip and low back pain, vertigo, whiplash and falls and enjoys Thai Yoga Massage for clients looking for deeper tissue work for repetitive strain such as desk work or yard work, sports fatigue, energy balancing, and for the business traveller. Theresa also teaches yoga privately and to groups on or off-site in Cleveland and near west locations. Theresa is also available for Corporate wellness talks.
Elaine is an Ohioan at heart. Born and raised here, she got her first taste of yoga in high school, but discovered how deep and rewarding the practice could be while studying at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. From here she was introduced to the vibrant and lively yoga community in NE Ohio. The growth that yoga sparked and supported in Elaine has ignited a passion in her to share the practice. She earned her 200 hour certification in 2011 through Brahmrishi Yoga, led by Margot and Bill Milcetich. This is a therapeutic tradition that aligns breath and movement to discover clarity, peace and wholeness. Asana and meditation are tools to develop awareness of the body that blossoms into personal discovery, growth and strength. Elaine teaches yoga to hold a space for students to grow from within- aware of and trusting in their own experience.
What to expect in Elaine's classes: A class that is nurturing and contemplative. All classes include breath awareness and alignment instruction to encourage the breath and body to work together. We will both flow with the breath and hold static postures. Classes are a calm to medium level pace and intensity- beginning from a place of ease and working into challenge with support. Pauses are included to give us time to observe and reflect on our experience. At the end of class there will be time to quiet and soak it all in.
In my classes, I encourage students to start where they are and to see how the gifts of a yoga practice can be carried off their mats and into their day-to-day lives. I offer detailed alignment instruction, suggestions for modifications and use of props, and hands-on assists. In class, expect to hear inspirational music (and silence too), do some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness and focus to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the postures, and be invited to bring mindfulness to all aspects of the practice - body, mind, and soul. And probably enjoy some laughter too. Satsang is the Sanskrit word that means "community," and yoga class is one way we build satsang - gathering with other travelers on the path to share breath and inspiration to support one another in our practices.