DIANE – Eclectic Solar Hatha Yoga/Arthritis
Diane has practiced yoga for 45 years. She discovered yoga and found that it helped with the delivery of her second child. After that eye-opening experience, she took teacher training through the Solar Yoga Center of St. Louis and has taught yoga through the same organization for 43 years. She is a retired Registered Nurse, a retired public school teacher (Kindergarten, music, deaf education), & a secretary. She is a member of Yoga Alliance as a teacher and of the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America. She continues to update her yoga training through workshops and ashram retreats. Now her focus is on practices for good health, flexibility and increased energy. Her influences have been through Serge Renauld de la Ferriere who studied in India before starting his own yoga and Initiatic practice.
MONICA – Iyengar Hatha/ Spanish Iyengar Hatha Yoga
Monica was born in Mexico, and moved to St. Louis in 1999. She began practicing yoga in 2006. She has completed the Solar Yoga Teacher Training, as well as an additional 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification course with West-East Naturos Yoga Teacher Training. Monica’s classes are energetic where poses flow from one asana to the next, focusing on the connection between the mind, the body, and the spirit.
GRACE – HATHA YOGA
Grace began practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to relieve lower back pain and improve flexibility. Her practice became more consistent in the winter of 2018, and it was through developing a consistent practice at the Center that she decided to complete a 200 hour teacher-training program through YogaBuzz in the fall of 2019. Grace believes that everyone deserves to feel as though yoga is “for them”, and she desires to bring compassion, warmth, and a welcoming energy to her classes.
SUZANNE – YogAlign
Suzanne is a certified YogAlign teacher.
JAIME – Study and Meditation
Jaime says there are more tips than just practice to help you find your balance. First, remember that restrictive clothing or shoes can cut off circulation and make you uncomfortable. Always be comfortable when doing yoga, or you will find your balance will be off. Second, yoga is a relaxing practice, and if you’re stressed, you might want to reconsider starting out your routine with a one-legged pose. All that stress in your body will make you tense and unable to balance. The ashtanga yoga poses are taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of India and it’s becoming more popular in the west.
JULIE – Gentle Fitness Hatha Yoga
Julie has practiced yoga for 36 years, during most of that time maintaining a career as a teacher and counselor. She studied with international yoga teacher trainers and has Solar Yoga teacher training certification. Yoga has been a strong focus because of her deep interest in Eastern philosophy and an emphasis on stress reduction. Most classes include some Pilates, along with restorative poses and a brief meditation. She uses humor and acceptance coupled with gentle expectations in working with varying ages and ability levels. Julie emphasizes personal strengths to guide students toward stillness, awareness and finding the strength within.
MIMI – Yin-focused Hatha Yoga and Informal Meditation
Mimi started practicing yoga in the 80’s at the Solar Yoga Center, which, at that time, was the only yoga studio in town! After a long hiatus, in 2000 she returned and became a certified teacher in 2012. Her journey as a teacher has led her from the active world of yang yoga to the meditative world of yin yoga, which is currently the focus of her classes. Yin yoga is a slow, mindful yoga style where the asanas are held for long periods of time in an effort to target our joints & tissues instead of muscles. Mimi says, “I think it is very fitting that we say ‘practice yoga’ because I am finding that yoga is an evolutionary physical, emotional, and mental journey, and I am honored to be a guide for other practitioners on their journeys.”