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My Journey

Linda, RYT 500 (registered with Yoga Alliance)

 

My journey with Yoga began in 1996. It involved my living room and a videotape recommended by Self Magazine. It was love at first play. A few years, and several new videotapes later, a friend connected me with a local Yoga teacher in the LA area named Wendy. Wendy was like an angel, coach, and therapist rolled into one; her Yoga class helped me through some pretty intense times. I learned how to calm my mind and keep my body healthy. Each class was like a mini-vacation, every student felt seen and heard, and every student left her class feeling beautiful. I wanted to share this wonderful and healing practice with other people. If I can learn to accept myself in my own skin, certainly other people could as well.

 

After moving to Fresno, CA in 2007, I spent a few years researching Yoga Teacher programs but wasn’t finding the right fit. A friend suggested I look into the Yoga Teacher certification program at the Mount Madonna Institute, founded by Baba Hari Dass and located in the foothills near Santa Cruz. There, under Babaji’s supervision, I received training in Classical 8-Limb Yoga, Hatha Yoga Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga for Children, Yoga Philosophy, Subtle Body, Sanskrit, and Anatomy. Thanks to the amazing, and patient, senior teaching staff, my practice softened, evolved, and became something I never expected. I completed my 500-hour certification in 2014. In 2018 I will be returning to Mount Madonna to complete both my Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification.

 

My teaching style focuses on meeting people where they are at by helping every student learn how to safely modify postures and practices to best suit their individual needs. Sometimes this means moving more quickly, to generate heat. Sometimes this means moving more slowly, to encourage a deeper mind/body connection. I am passionate about helping people establish a daily, personal home practice (Sadhana) and specialize in private Yoga classes and custom group classes for people of every age and ability.

 

I’m also an avid hiker, runner, musician and mother to three wild humans.

 

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you.  Please click on my Connect page or visit me on Facebook at: Yoga With Linda Marie

 


“Be kind to yourself, go slow, and see what happens.”