Yoga is an art and a science. It is dedicated to creating unity. Yoga is a philosophy. It is designed to work with any religion or to stand on its own as a way of life. You can practice yoga in many different ways, making it accessible to everyone. Yoga assists in fostering an awareness of ourselves as an individual being that is intimately connected to creation as a whole. Yoga practice requires that we recognize that there is something greater than ourselves guiding and directing us. It is a path to bliss.
Courtney Thibault E-RYT 500 I took my first yoga class 15 years ago. It was the first time I tried something and felt “I love doing this!" As I traveled around the country in the Coast Guard, I tried many yoga classes. The more yoga I did, the more I wanted to do, and gradually my body and my whole life began to change. My yoga practice became my lifestyle! I was empowered! I learned to listen to my inner voice and to create my life by making the choices that were right for me. Yoga improved the quality of my life so drastically that after leaving the Coast Guard I could not image doing anything but sharing my experience. I participated in my first teacher training soon after in Manhattan Beach, CA, and have continued studying and learning from inspiring yoga teacher, all over North America, about all different styles of yoga. In 2011 I received certification through yoga alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, the highest level of recognition as a teacher, through the Prana School of Yoga, in Vancouver Canada. My intention as a teacher is to encourage everyone to create positive changes in their lives. I teach a combination of styles learned through formal training combined with things I have picked up from other teachers along the way. During my classes, I offer lots of variations, allowing each individual the opportunity to practice appropriately and to progress. I hope to inspire students to look at life with fresh eyes and to listen to their inner teacher, giving them the opportunity to make choices that will create positive changes in their own lives. Yoga is a powerful tool for transformation. It slowly inches its way into your life, focusing your awareness and strengthening the connection between your body, your mind, your heart and the essence of life, spirit. I challenge you to add yoga to your routine! If you want to develop strength or flexibility, if you need relaxation or stress relief, if you are looking for a spiritual practice or an edge in your current practice, yoga has something to offer you. I teach a number of different class styles, with the hope that you can find a class that will support your personal goals. I am willing to bet that if you give yoga a whole hearted try it will start to permeate your life as it has mine, bringing gratitude to your heart and joy to your life.