Like many, I was attracted to yoga for the physical exercise; increasing flexibility, burning fat and toning muscles. Of course these are wonderful reasons to practice yoga, but what I discovered was countless other benefits including stress reduction, improvement in alignment and posture, decrease of chronic pain, more restful sleep, increase in work performance and so many more.
By 2006 I was hooked, and I became a regular practitioner trying out many different styles and studios. In 2010, I attended basic teacher training through the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, and became a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200. Since then, I have progressed my skill sets to include Yoga Therapy with a concentration in Stress Management and Rejuvenation Movement.
Integral Yoga is based on the 5000 year old philosophy that every human being longs for true and lasting happiness. Integral means a sort of synthesis or a harmonious blending, and this yoga style incorporates total-body practices that tune the many different aspects of an individual together; the physical, vital, sensual, mental, moral, intellectual and intuitional sides. Practices include physical body movement, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation.
The community of Integral Yoga exists around the world, with Integral Yoga institutes and centers on six of the seven continents. Integral Yoga is also a founding member of the Yoga Alliance (the national organization of Yoga teachers).