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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Little About Us: Cheryl

This is the first in a series about the instructors at the studio. For those of you who have met or for that matter have not met, the lovely Cheryl in her yoga classes.....

Cheryl started practicing yoga eight years ago, when she discovered yoga as a way to release and stretch tight and overworked muscles. Initially yoga improved and supplemented her regular exercise regime, but she soon realized that it functioned as a means of physical, mental, and spiritual transformation.

Her enjoyment of yoga led her to enroll in a teachers training program.
Cheryl successfully completed the highest-level, 500-hour training course at Still Point Yoga Retreat Centre in Picton, Ont. This spiritual lifestyle intensive course includes the study and practice of Hatha Yoga, asanas, pranayama, meditation, theology, the Kundalini chakra system, and more. Cheryl also received an additional 40 hours of certified instruction from David Swensen, who, having studied with K. Pattabhi Jois (the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in India), is recognized as one of the world’s foremost instructors in Ashtanga Yoga.

Cheryl draws from her forte in Ashtanga Yoga to increase strength, improve flexibility, and calm the mind, leading her students into the joyful state of integrating the body, mind, and breath. Her classes embrace yoga’s intense physical conditioning while making yoga’s spiritual side accessible to those who wish to understand it.

Cheryl studies books and videos, explores the Internet, and attends classes and seminars to continually improve her techniques, presentation, and understanding of the mind-body-spirit.

Giving back to the local community is very important to Cheryl, and she volunteers in numerous Perth activies and organizations.

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