Winter 2020: I am back in yoga school again, this time earning certification as a Yoga Wellness Educator. I chose this program because one of the organizers/ instructors is Tom Myers, my 'fascia guru' (he wrote Anatomy Trains), and this course has an important fascia (connective tissue) element. I am very interested in using yoga to reawaken and hydrate our fascia to help ease chronic pain and create a feeling of freedom; it has been extremely helpful in alleviating my own knee pain from a torn meniscus and, after doing brief daily exercises to enliven and rehydrate my own fascia, I find that I am able to swing dance once again, ride a bike, walk down stairs, and most importantly, sleep through the night, all without pain. Of course I bring this new training knowledge right into my classroom and you are the recipient of this marvelous approach to bring ease, flexibility, and coordination to our bodies.
My yoga history: I have taught Kripalu- and Iyengar-style yoga since 1996 at Cambridge Health Associates, Art & Soul Yoga, for companies, and for many private students. In addition I've taught at Mt Auburn Hospital, Harvard Vanguard, Harvard U, retirement communities, and even an all-dementia class for a year using music 'from the day,' which I loved doing (they loved it, too, but their funding ran out).
The wonderful Danielle Levi Alvares was my first Kripalu-style teacher for 10 years, starting in 1986. It was she who encouraged me to become a yoga teacher -- I just wanted the pleasure of always being a student. But she persevered, trained me to teach at her studio, and then hired me.
In 2010-11 after teaching for 14 years, I returned to my yoga studies and earned an Advanced Teacher Training Certificate called The Art of Teaching, from The Yoga Studio (with nationally-acclaimed Barbara Benagh), a 200-hour program.
Then in 2012, after another year of study, I earned a certificate in Silver Age Yoga, a program that teaches how to modify yoga to safely teach it to seniors. One level is chair yoga where all the moves are done sitting on chairs, and yet it is surprisingly effective. The more advanced level includes standing, sitting and floor poses, with many modifications to accommodate for physical conditions and challenges.
I have continually studied many forms of yoga since 1986, particularly Iyengar style, as well as taken dozens and dozens of workshops and immersion weekends focusing on different topics like backbends, restoratives, breathwork (pranayama), balance, twists and, of course, fascia.
A favorite stanza, from Last Night as I Was Sleeping by Antonio Machado
Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.