It’s 2017 and the Breathe Into Motion Yoga Team is thrilled to start a new session of classes. Every day I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming that I do in fact have the profession of my dreams. I am truly fortunate to have the opportunity to teach yoga to some of the most wonderful people I have ever met.
In pursuing my career as a yoga teacher I had a clear direction I wanted to take when it comes to how the yoga practice was constructed. It really hasn’t changed a lot over the years. Staying current with the new findings in the exercise science world and researching how yoga can act as a supplement for injury rehabilitation has certainly enabled the BIM Yoga System to evolve, but the basic framework for the program is the same as it was when I started teaching decades ago.
My intention then was the same as it is now; to offer safe and effective yoga practice that will improve the quality of students’ lives. I’m a believer in the benefits of yoga but I am also aware that yoga can cause harm when it is not taught with the appropriate standard of care. Structured lesson plans and a clear direction for students to progress are key aspects of the BIM Yoga System.
The BIM Yoga System framework may be the same as it was years ago but the experience that I’ve accumulated since then has consistently increased my understanding of how to use yoga as a supplement for Injury rehabilitation. We’ve looked at the hours I have taught yoga over the years based on my regular schedule, which amounted to over 20,000 hours. But then factored in the extra hours I had taught at high schools (at one school alone I had logged over 1000 hours), universities, the hospital, the cardiac care centre, fitness expos, holiday events, wellness shows, and so much more, and we concluded that there’s another 10,000 hours totalling over 30,000 hours.
This experience would not have related to how yoga can serve as a supplement to injury rehabilitation if I had taught a syllabus of yoga postures in the follow-the-leader format, with no structured lesson plans or clear direction for students to progress. The experience built was specifically tailored to meet the physical challenges of each individual student in front of me. If I didn’t have an answer for how I could help the student to practice the safest and most effective yoga that could ease the symptoms of their injury or medical condition, then I would research to find out more information and I would contact student’s medical professionals with the student’s permission so I could modify yoga practice, taking direction from the experts, doctors, physiotherapist, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.
So this brings me to yoga at BIM in 2017. Many in the medical community have come to trust that we offer appropriate standard of care at BIM. As I so often mention, I cannot begin to express how thankful we are that so many in our local medical community have endorsed our methods of yoga instruction. In 2017 you can expect to have yoga classes with a high standard of care, individualized attention, and progressive learning at Breathe Into Motion Yoga Studios.