An Introduction to Om Yoga Kalamazoo.

My name is Julie and I’ve been doing yoga for about 6 years.  Two years ago, I decided to deepen my yoga practice by taking the 200 hour yoga teacher training course.  My goal was not to teach, but to understand more of the practice that I loved.  I obtained my 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certificate in 2014.  Just recently I received continuing education credits for chair yoga.

Why is yoga important to me?  The answer is simple yet complex.  It’s also very personal.  The simple answer is that it helped me lose weight.  I went to a yoga studio with the single intention of dropping pounds.  I was about 275 lbs. and uncomfortable with my body.  I didn’t know anything about yoga when I walked through those doors.  I went diligently for over a year and lost over 50 lbs.  That’s the simple part….

The more complex part is that after I lost all that weight I started gaining it back.  Then I had multiple injuries/ailments that prevented me from being able to do yoga.  This, my friends, is when the actual yoga began for me.  Yoga is so much more than just being able to do a pose.  It’s looking in that mirror and accepting yourself for who you are right now, right this moment.  It’s not about getting into that perfect pose, it’s about making the pose perfect for your body. 

Yoga is not just for super flexible people.  It’s not just for thin people.  It’s not just for athletes.  That’s the beauty of yoga, ANYBODY can do it!  This is a concept that I feel very strongly about.  Anybody can do yoga! 

Almost anytime that yoga comes up in conversation and I mention that I do yoga, the most common response I get is “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.”  Or “I can’t touch my toes.” Or “I can’t get down onto the floor.”  It makes me cringe every single time.

This is what I feel compelled to address.  This is where I can use my experience to help bring movement and yoga to others who may have health issues, weight issues, and other issues.  This is a journey that we can take together. 

My hope is to bring yoga to those that may be intimidated by it.  Yoga truly can be for everyone.  It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for your mind and body. My goal is to teach yin yoga, chair yoga, and a vinyasa flow.

 Please join me in shaping classes to fit your needs!