I took my first yoga class in the year 2000 at an ashram. My exploration continued with books and videos and a lot of studying. Many of my early experiences were with Iyengar style, so I started with a good foundation in alignment and breathing. At first, I was just trying to help general aches and pains and boost my immune system.
I was a music major in college- exploring all kinds of paths such as religion, philosophy, and sociology, along with pursuing my ongoing love of the fine arts. As time went on and my knowledge of philosophy and religion grew, I got more and more into my yoga practice, and yoga got more into me and all aspects of my life. Living in northeast Ohio, there weren't many places to do yoga near me at the time. I started attending Vinyasa classes at a local gym, but I always found myself wanting to know more about breathing, philosophy, chanting, meditation, and MORE relaxation. I wanted to connect with Spirit more in my practice. I read and devoured all the information about yoga that I could find. I talked about it incessantly. Then, I realized that I was so passionate about it, this should be my career path!
In 2008, I attended the Kripalu Center for a month-long immersion and received my 200 hour teaching certificate. It was there that I really tapped into my deepest emotions and made that connection that I was longing for. At that point, the physical posture practice really became secondary, and I became interested more in the stillness. It was one of the greatest and most transformational experiences of my life. While training at Kripalu, I also discovered the beautiful practice of yoga dance, and returned to get certified in that as well. With yoga dance, I really get to bring my love of dance and music (and silliness!) into my classes and explore emotions in a unique and powerful way. I have experienced and witnessed great healing through this practice.
It is amazingly gratifying to have the privilege of sharing the practice of healing oneself. I believe that everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga, regardless of age or ability. Yoga is not about learning to stand on your head. It's about learning to stand on your own two feet and learning to love and accept yourself as you are in this moment. My adoration and fascination with yoga continues to grow and inspire me every day. I love the fact that I will never know everything there is to know...the journey will never end! May your studies illuminate, may you make a bold attempt! Namaste...Jai Bhagwan!
Lyndsey is a 200 Hour registered yoga teacher with Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, certified by Kripalu in yoga and yoga dance, and is currently working toward her 500 hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher certification. She received her certification as a mat Pilates instructor through the National Exercise Teacher's Association. She is a certified practitioner of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage of the Shivagokomarpaj lineage, recognized by NCBTMB. Lyndsey is an Usui Ryoho Reiki practitioner at the Master level, certified by Erin Hill.
She is also a graduate of Hiram College with a BA in music.