Q: What is the antithesis of sitting at a desk in a cubicle looking at a computer screen all day long while wearing a headset and talking to people you have never met?
A: Teaching yoga!
After retiring from IBM, I decided to embark on a totally different career, began yoga teacher training with Yoga Legacy, and received my RYT200 certification. I also began working with You Call This Yoga, a wonderful non-profit organization that brings the benefits of yoga to under-served populations. My personal belief is that yoga is not just for skinny, young, white women in trendy clothing who can bend themselves into pretzels; it is for everybody and every body.
To spread the word, I have been writing an occasional blog post and teaching around the Triangle area.
Read my yoga blog or find me at one of these locations.
Donation-based yoga at the Lindy Lab
Tuesday mornings 9:45-11:00
It’s a dance studio at night but on Tuesday mornings it magically transforms into a yoga retreat when my neighbors join me for a gentle class that incorporates basic principles, breathing, and alignment — with variations and options for people of all abilities. It is perfect for those who are new to yoga, haven’t done it in a while, or think they are too old or not flexible enough. The cost is by donation; people only pay what they can afford.
— Yoga at Lindy Lab Facebook page (updates and news)
— Map and directions
Duke’s Live for Life program
I lead mat-based yoga classes as part of Live for Life, Duke University’s employee wellness program. These classes are for Duke employees and are held on the university hospital campus. Most students are new to yoga and the range of ages and abilities is wide. I try to make it simple, accessible, and fun so that everyone leaves class feeling good. The emphasis is not on how far a person can twist, flex, or bend, but on mindful breathing and finding a personal expression in each pose.
Chair yoga at Spring Arbor in Durham
Two Thursdays a month, I lead a chair yoga class at the Spring Arbor assisted-living facility in Durham. The residents all use canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. My challenge is to bring yoga concepts down to the most basic level so that everyone can get some benefit. We focus on mindful breathing, proper alignment, and gentle stretching. Many can’t hear well but they follow my every move and imitate it as closely as they can.
Senior/Chair teacher training
I assist the Yoga Legacy staff when they offer their Senior/Chair Yoga module as one of the electives in their training program.