Gayla Crysler

Gayla Crysler

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Mondays 12:00 noon (All Levels Music Flow)
Tuesdays 2:00pm (Afternoon Bliss)
Thursdays 2:00pm (Afternoon Bliss)
Friday 12:00 noon (Beginner Basic)

I started taking yoga classes on a regular bases in December 2006. I remember the first several classes that I attended and thinking how exhausted I was. As I looked at my teacher Lorri, I was so impressed with how perfectly she did everything. As I've learned more & more about yoga, I have learned that yoga isn't about comparing yourself to your neighbor or even your teacher. I do believe the teacher is there to inspire you to be more than who & what you are at the moment, which is exactly what she did. As time went by, I recognized my own strength had grown and realized that the chataranga that I so much admired in her, I was now able to do as well. After taking yoga consistently for 3 years, I started to evaluate my life and what I was really passionate about and found that what was making me fulfilled and happy was practicing yoga and not the career I was currently in. Lorri encouraged me to start teacher training. As luck would have it, I was laid off from my job and a couple months after that started teaching yoga. It still amazes me the transformation you can feel from taking a yoga class or even teaching one. There are times when I'm just not feeling “it” but once I take or teach a class, I feel so much better. I've never felt otherwise at any time.

Since I've started teaching, I've found that I enjoy teaching all levels but I really enjoy teaching beginners. I look at myself and know that I'm extremely detail oriented. So for me it's all the little details that make up a whole. I think part of it is the feeling I remember I felt when accomplishing goals I had set for myself and I enjoy as a teacher helping those students realize their goals as well. I think many times students come to a class and get thrown into the “process” of yoga but they don't really understand the form or really where they should be. For example, in a Warrior II, I see so many new students and some that have been practicing for a while that tend to lean their bodies over their front leg. I enjoy teaching a student how to keep their bodies aligned from tailbone to the crown of the head reaching to the sky and evenly distributing their weight between both feet not just the front foot.

Even though as a student, I find myself now in my practice looking for more challenges, I have to remind myself that sometimes the basics are just as challenging and fulfilling for my practice. As a teacher, it's fun to introduce some more challenging poses to my students but the reward is really in seeing their progress and seeing them recognize their own growth and potential as they move and grow in their practice.

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March 04, 2015

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