I completed my 200hr training with Certified Anusara teachers Chad Satlow and Sianna Sherman. I have attended workshops with Anusara Yoga's John Friend and continue to study with Anusara teachers and the amazing Peggy Hong of the Riverwest Yogashala.
Michelle As my admiration for the human form deepens, so too does my knowledge of yoga and all of its intricacies. Throughout the 15 years of my practice I have continued education in the field of health and wellness; allowing me to deepen my own personal practice and teacher training in order to share with others.
My practice is inspired by the alignment principles of Anusara, Core Strength principles of Forrest Yoga and most influenced by Duncan Wong. 'Inner harmony through true self expression" a form of yoga integrating the core strengthening and joint conditioning elements of martial arts, fluidity and purification of Ashtanga and the healing touch of adjustments and massage.
I am eternally grateful for the influence that many teachers and students have had on me, allowing me to cultivate a space wherein I can guide others when practicing yoga as a tool to deal with the stress of a busy lifestyle, to remain connected to one's breath, body and mind while harnessing creativity. This is the driving force of my art,as well as conveying the message that strength can be found only by exploring weakness. Awareness of anatomy guides my intellect of the body, which serves as the foundation of my teaching.
Morgan I have been teaching for around eleven years, but the ongoing learning is infinite. I got into the practice through the vinyasa style and immediately became connected to alignment, slow movement and exploration of action.After a few years and one bike accident I quickly understood the healing power and intelligence of the practice, accessing the therapeutic genius of Iyengar and the replenishing ways of Yin.
The practice of yoga is a life-thing. How I relate to my body is reflected into the world, and how I relate to the world is reflected in my body. I pay attention to all elements in a practice and find amazing lessons in mindfulness, listening, and waiting for effective action. Sometimes, this can be very challenging! I believe we can connect to great things without force or harm.
I completed my original training in the style of Dynamic Yoga. I have continued trainings and studies or found inspiration with Tias Little, Sarah Powers, the lovely teachers at the Riverwest Yogashala and oh so many things while off of the mat.
Stephanie Everyone has the capacity to be yoga, to be connected to body, mind and spirit and aware of the oneness of life. I came to yoga thirteen years ago because I had a very sore neck as a result of unconscious habits of body and mind. Sunday morning classes with Susan Apthorp, a Kripalu teacher, became my happiest hours of the week. My body felt great, but it was how I felt as a person that kept me coming back and wanting to learn more, and to facilitate for others the process of turning inward, expanding outward, and being present with what is. My students range in age from 3-88, and they are my greatest teachers. Besides Susan, favorite yoga teachers include Marsha Wenig of YogaKids International, and Morgan Engels of Saffron. I like to teach yoga everywhere, and teach or have taught in community gardens, at senior citizens centers, with Girl Scout troops, in classrooms, in churches, community festivals, in homes with children on the Austism spectrum, and now Saffron!