University of Porto Alegre ..Brazil Physical education degree - 5 yrs
specialty: swimming, weight loss, aerobics
24 years of Bhakti yoga practice
teaches: Bhagavad Gita / Upanishads / Srmiat Baglavatan
School teacher at Ashram for Bhakti yoga / Jhana yoga / Karma Yoga
100 hours study Seminar School at Mayapur India on Bhagavad Gita / Upanishads / Yoga Sutras
15 years cooking chef in the principles of Ayurveda
50 hours study at Sivananda Ashram
200 hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Village School of Teacher Training
3+ years practice and teaching at Yoga Village
I started practicing yoga about ten years ago when I needed to switch away from running. I hadn't ran for a couple of years due to back problems. I was fearful of reinjury if I continued. Although I remained active physically in that two years, it was never at a level that was satisfying. I came to yoga by accident.
I tried some classes. I liked those classes. I went more regularly. Then I didn't go regularly. I found it deceptively difficult. To me there were aspects of yoga that related to running though... an ineffable physical and mental experience. From those on-again/off-again beginnings, I slowly became more consistent in practice.
I am grateful for the diverse set of instructors and teachers I have had at Yoga Village and elsewhere. As I practice, I grow.
I hope to share the experience of yoga with others; the physical and mental benefits, the positive focus, and the general well being that yoga brings to me.
My passions in life in addition to yoga are traveling and horses. I live on acreage east of Arroyo Grande with husband Jim, two Arabians, Clipper and Sunny and an old Morgan , Glitterbug. I was very blessed to be able to visit India for the first time in January 2016 and hope to return someday. Also am a hospice volunteer with Whilshire Hospice.
In love and light,
I began yoga 15 years ago, watching Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden videos. I used to think yoga was too “easy,” but quickly realized I was wrong. I came to my mat every time I was upset and needed to calm down. As time went on, I became more proficient, and then an interest in the philosophy and ancient teachings emerged. I moved from the east coast to California in 2011, and began an earnest practice with Holly Sigman and Yoga Village. The wonderful teachers at the studio continued to inspire me, and I made the decision to become a certified instructor in 2014.
I am a licensed speech language pathologist, working with the geriatric population in Arroyo Grande. As a yoga instructor, I am able to meld the 2 professions together, creating a balanced therapy program for my patients. I use yoga teachings, modified asanas, and meditation with my stroke patients, and can see what a difference it makes in their lives. Just as yoga has made a difference in my own life, it is a constant source of gratification to witness someone in distress from illness relax, breathe, and find a new way of looking at the world.
I teach yoga classes at work, privately, and at Yoga Village. Connecting mind and body with the breath has changed my life, and opened up a world of new perceptions and joys. I strive to share that with every student that crosses my path.
Through our Yoga practice we seek to bring a state of steadiness and balance to the mind through the purification of the body and the control of the breath. Although the practice often starts with the body or physical aspects, it ends with the mind. The ancient Sanskrit term for this is “Yogas citta vritti nirodaha” which translates as, “Yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind”. With a dedicated practice one learns how to bring about a quality of attention and calmness to whatever challenge may arise, physical, mental or spiritual. Through the physical practice of Yoga we purify and tone the body, bringing about a state of wellness felt throughout the entire being which will allow us to cultivate and pursue a meditative state of consciousness. We can not be at mental peace or achieve a meditative state if we are overrun with feelings of tension and disease in the body. Instead of a state of Mindfulness are minds remain full of tensions and fears. Through conscious control of the breath one learns how to maintain mental and emotional balance and inner peace regardless of external circumstance. By learning how to empty the full mind of unnecessary tension and worry, we open ourselves to the experience a true state of Mindfulness , balance, harmony and bliss which are recognized by Yogic philosophy as our natural state of being.
Look forward to seeing you on and off the mat!
Tina is inspired by nature, family, adventure, walking barefoot and countless teachers she encounters daily. Tina has studied with some amazing teachers, beginning with Doug Swenson whom she received her initial certification. Other greats such as Paul Grilley, John Friend, Janet Stone, Sarah Powers, Erich Schiffman and Kathryn Budig (to name a few) have been huge infusions of inspiration along the path. Tina has studied Anatomy and Physiology for over 20 years, Yoga Therapeutics, various styles of yoga and theory, is an RN and E-RYT 200. Once upon a time, Tina and her husband owned a yoga studio in Cary, NC, transitioned it to new ownership, packed up and moved to the magical west coast!
Tina teaches an eclectic loving class challenging one to dive deep within, explore, and tap into one's essence. Combining breath, vinyasa, alignment, giggles and love to create an illuminating experience, Tina's classes are versatile and adaptable to all levels. Come discover what you can do!