I have studied and practiced ashtanga yoga for the past 25 years, joining Yoga Alliance in 2002. Under the guidance of many exceptional teachers, including Tim MIller, Beryl Bender Birch, members the Jois family, and many others, my individual teaching style has been nourished and developed. My personal journey has taken me from Olympic athlete, to contemporary dancer, to longtime yoga practitioner, but no matter what the individual journey has been, the yoga practice is open to all. I have never been taught, nor believed that a student needs to be flexible in order to practice yoga. The traditional yoga practices, including mindful movement, breathing technique and meditation, are of benefit to all interested practitioners, regardless of age, ability and/or level of experience. Yoga is about getting to know ones true nature...a place of joy, stillness, abundance and well-being.
My goal as a teacher is to share the traditional teachings as I have been taught myself...those practices which enhance and support mental, physical and spiritual growth and well-being. It is with a deep sense of gratitude and commitment to the teachings, that I share this practice with interested students.
Valerie Schneiderman is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).