I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and a licensed clinical psychologist (PhD). My almost 25 years of experience as a practicing psychologist inform my yoga teaching. I remind my psychotherapy clients that they are the experts in their own lives; similarly, I believe that my yoga students are the experts of their own bodies. I view yoga as a practice both on and off the mat.
In October 2015, I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Aimée Senise Connors and became registered with Yoga Alliance. I am certified in restorative yoga (June 2016), Yoga for All (July 2019), and Yin Yoga & Anatomy (August 2020). I am also a graduate of Yoga Ed.’s Professional Institutes 1 and 2 (teaching yoga to children K-12).
I teach functional yoga, placing an emphasis on how each pose feels in each individual body rather than how the pose looks. My classes combine foundational asana (physical postures) with breathing techniques (pranayama) and mindfulness. I use themes to nurture the mind-body connection as well as to incorporate all eight limbs of classical yoga. Students can expect my classes to be slower-paced with a workshop-like feel at times, including liberal use of props. I am serious about yoga and yet playful in my teaching.
In non-pandemic times, I taught two weekly Yoga Basics classes, one at a Rochester-area studio (Eternal Bliss Yoga Center), and one on campus at SUNY Geneseo, where I work full-time as a clinical psychologist. On Saturdays twice a month, I co-host and teach a “Mind, Body, and Brew" yoga series at local craft breweries.
EMAIL ME at YogiBethC@gmail.com; you can also find me on both Facebook and Instagram as YogiBethC, and you can practice yoga and meditation with me on YouTube as YogiBethC (main channel) or my second channel for kids, Breathing Breaks.