What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly attending trainings on topics related to Yoga and medical conditions. I also research specific medical conditions when they are brought to me by my students. I also read continiously on new approaches to teaching Yoga and adaptations to poses where appropriate.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I had a frozen shoulder due to stress when my doctor suggested Yoga. I was never a person who worked out or paid much attention to my body - and it showed. But I was in so much pain that I was ready to try it - and over time I fell in love with the practice. I had been practicing Yoga for over 10 years when a good friend asked if I would teach her and her husband because of his pain caused by Osteoarthritis. We did Yoga together twice a week for a year when they strongly suggested I teach others. It has been a long journey to where I am now, but the driving motive has always been sharing with others how Yoga can change your future for the better.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach multiple group classes in Friendswood and Webster each week. I also work privately with students if they prefer. I provide Yoga Therapy for those who are dealing with health issues such as cancer, sciatica, chronic pain etc. I also offer workshops on many topics such as torn rotator cuff injury, meditation and stress management.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First and foremost look for an instructor has been certified by a reputable certifying program, Yoga Alliance is the most recognized certifying body in our field. Ask if you can attend the first class at no charge to see if the instructor is right for you. During the class notice if the instructor is walking around the class rather than just leading the class from the front. Too many people hurt themselves in Yoga class because the teacher was not paying close attention to each student's body alignment or worse pushed students beyond their abilities at that time. Most of all, make sure the class suites YOU and what YOU want. Understand that there is a relationship that you should have with your Yoga instructor that goes beyond the exchange of money.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
People often associate Yoga teachers with the image of a person who floats through life with a care free attitude. In reality most of us are very dedicated and disciplined. My training is very rigorous and extensive in anatomy, philosophy, neuroscience, medical conditions, etc. I spend most of my time studying and learning so I can be the best teacher I can be.