25 Years of teaching yoga come to an end
I started teaching yoga shortly after I took my first class. Back then (1994) there weren’t many yoga teachers and studios were happy for students to substitute teach classes. I’ve always loved to teach and it was a natural fit for me. I taught yoga as a back-up job through graduate school, while working as a National Park Ranger, as a new mom, while working at a land trust and while studying Ayurveda. At times it was my primary job, like when I ran the Johnson Yoga Studio in Johnson, VT and hosted the Vermont Yoga Conference (2004-2006). And it has been my primary occupation since I created Blue Hill Mountain Studio four years ago. Over the years I became Maine’s first certified Anusara instructor, taught two year-long 200hr teacher trainings, led retreats to Costa Rica and traveled far and wide to teach specialty workshops. In short, I have had a highly successful and satisfying career as a yoga teacher.
My yoga journey started with Ashtanga Yoga as taught by K. Patahbi Jois. In my late twenties I sought out a more balanced practice and spent a year studying with Angela Farmer. Then I began following John Friend and Anusara yoga. I took something from each style and I am indebted to all of my teachers for the skills they imparted to me. Take what serves, put the rest aside.
After a few major events in the yoga world I wandered away from any formal style or teachers in 2012. Disenchanted with what felt like a lack of integrity and transparency in the broader U.S. yoga industry I decided to focus on how to best serve the community here in Blue Hill. Many of my students followed me on this journey. I think some were disappointed when I dropped the Sanskrit, chanting and Hindu mythology from my teaching. Over the last seven years my classes have morphed into a familiar, mostly low-key routine that focuses on being present and at ease in our bodies.
It’s been 25 years since I taught my first class and over this last year I have found myself steering more and more toward other interests. So while I still have tremendous affection for the teaching and practice of yoga and mindful movement, my time as a yoga teacher, has for now, come to an end. June 15 will be my last Saturday morning 9am yoga class. I’ve been teaching this class weekly for ten years and I have so much gratitude for all of you who have joined me along the way, many of you since the very beginning. I hope to see you in the studio soon.
What’s next? I will be traveling with my family for the summer and after we return Labor Day I plan to teach Pilates classes at my new home studio.
You are all invited to a closing celebration on Sunday June 9thfrom 5-7pm at Mountain Studio.