I am a perpetual student. I love to study and learn and think. As soon as I finished my first teacher training, I knew I wanted more, but I wasn’t sure which direction to take my studies. I was looking for a teacher and a tradition. I was looking for a path that I could follow deeply as both a practitioner and a teacher of yoga. I found this path through the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) when I met Gary Kraftsow last March in a 5-day intensive called “Journey to Oneself.” After the intensive I knew that Gary was my teacher. I knew that studies at AVI would take me deeply into all aspects of yoga including asana, pranayama, bandha, sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual and study of texts.
One of the things I appreciate about Gary is his understanding of asana regarding form and function. He says: “Don’t learn about the postures. Learn about the body through the postures.” This is an important distinction, one I hope to help you build into your personal practice.
The first session was an inspiring, intense and exhausting experience, but I return to you filled with new understandings regarding the art and science of sequencing, the use of repetition and hold as well as breath and adaptation. I look forward to sharing more and more of these tools with you in my group classes and private sessions.
At this point I can only imagine how my teaching will transform over the next few years as I work toward completion of this program. I invite you all to join me on this journey of learning and exploration!
AVI holds their trainings at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, California. The center is almost 400 acres on top of a mountain covered in redwood trees and overlooking Monterey Bay. It’s breathtaking! I camped for the two-weeks I was there and was shocked by how tame the animals were. Wild turkeys and deer were everywhere!
For more information on AVI visit www.viniyoga.com.