I completed the Mindful Motion 200 hour teacher training in 2011, which truly opened me to the power of yoga. Three months later I became certified, through the CPF, to teach yoga to the cancer community. In the fall of 2012, I attended a week long Yoga as Medicine seminar taught by Dr. Tim McCall at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia. Then in 2013, I completed 100 hours of yoga therapy training in Jacksonville.
When not in the yoga studio, I can usually be found out in nature looking at birds. My birding has taken me to nine countries and almost every state in the union. Being in nature and focused on finding birds is like yoga, one must be in the present moment to be successful.
I am honored to share yoga with you in this beautiful and compassionate studio. It is my goal that my students leave class relaxed and renewed. I hope to see you soon.
But really my teaching is about you. It's about sharing yoga with you, feeling your energy, hearing your breath, being mindful of your needs and aware of your joy. I love that folks leave practice feeling better than when they walked in. Love the connection of energy that happens in practice, even as we are all on our own mats and in our own moment. I love to see you build strength physically and mentally and love serving as a guide for this.
Yoga helps us evolve physically, spiritually and socially to the greater good of all. I'm looking forward to evolving with you both on and off the mat.
A few decades later, after returning to China as a graduate student from the University of Chicago, covering long distances on foot and by train, living in Kyoto in Japan, the West Coast and Mid-West in the States, I now live with my husband and our son in Jacksonville. I love the blue skies and the water of the gulf and the ocean, and the sands that lay the beaches in Florida.
Terri is the one who led me onto the yogic path. I was first attracted to Mindful Motion Yoga Studio because of the word “mindful.” I had taken some yoga classes before and enjoyed doing the poses. Yet, I had never paid attention to the process of going in, holding, and coming out of a pose. Terri’s belief and practice on “acceptance” also relieved my anxiety about lacking in perfection. In addition, I had the good luck of meeting Carolyn Dehlinger, who reminded me that there are bones under muscles.
I graduated from MMY’s teacher training in 2012. The training opened my eyes to the deeper meaning and the history of yoga. I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained from the training to my daily life. On a practical level, I have successfully gone through challenges with a calm mind. On a spiritual level, I have arrived at the realization that I am only one part of “Ishvarapranidhana” (Oneness) and am connected to every being in the universe. With this understanding, I have an offering to you all:
“May the true light in you shine bright and far, warm the hearts of many and lift the spirit of many more. Love and be loved.”
With much trepidation, I attended my first yoga class. I would have to describe it as comical at best. I had no breath awareness, struggled with the postures, and my mind was everywhere but on my mat. I have to admit that it was tougher than any marathon I had run, yet I still kept coming back for more. When I finally started to shift the focus towards breath and not perfecting the postures did I understand the mind-body-breath connection.
The effects of practicing yoga were profound more importantly in my daily life than running. I felt a sense of calmness and quietness that I had never experienced before. On my mat, I learned patience and self-acceptance which in return made me more patient and accepting of others. The lessons I learned from practicing yoga inspired me to become a teacher so that I too could share the many blessings I had received. I wasn’t sure when or where but I knew I would do it someday.
It was purely by chance that I walked through the doors of Mindful Motion Yoga and began attending classes. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had found a yoga home where I could cultivate my practice and learn how to become a teacher. I completed the 200 RYT teacher training from MMY in 2013 and am so grateful for the learning experience, all the new friendships that were made, and to be part of such a wonderful yoga community. I consider it an honor to hopefully share in your journey. I look forward to seeing you on the mat! Namaste.
The physical benefits of yoga have been wonderful, but for me the true gift of yoga has been learning to let go of expectations and judgements and practice acceptance- on and off the mat. Yoga has been a blessing in my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share this joy with others through teaching. It is my intention for each person to leave my class feeling better mentally and physically each time we practice.