• Congratulations, Erin Kennedy!

     

    Erin, what inspired you to become a yoga instructor?

    Even though I have 700 hours of teacher training and countless hours of study and practice, I never intended to teach! After practicing yoga for some time, I realized I needed something to help deepen my practice. I did my first yoga teacher training with the intent to do just that - deepen my practice. After my first experience of teacher training, I realized I needed to further my studies and went to the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco to begin their two year 500 hour program. Once there, I was inspired by my teachers and the teachers in the training to share my love of yoga with others. Their complete engagement with Iyengar yoga, depth and breadth of knowledge, and openness and ability to convey this art and science of yoga is an inspiration to me as a practitioner and (now) a teacher.

    Erin, we understand you have completed your 500 hour teacher training and Iyengar certification - congratulations, that is a huge achievement! For those of us out there that are unfamiliar or need a refresher, please clarify/define the Iyengar form and how our students will benefit from the practice and why it is important to you.

    Thank you! It is a process to be able to call yourself a certified teacher of Iyengar yoga - you must not only do teacher training, but be tested and assessed by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS). There is a lot of information on their website about Iyengar yoga and what it means to be a teacher of Iyengar yoga.

    For me, Iyengar yoga is a detailed, precise, and exacting form of yoga, requiring that you delve deeply into the practice to not only begin to align the body, but come into touch with the inner workings of the breath, the mind, and the soul. From the asana practice you gain strength and flexibility, but also a sense of inner peace and joy. That said, it is critical to pay attention as an Iyengar practitioner. Our classes vary from day to day and from pose to pose in order to find the subtlety of and in the asana - this is very much a practice that requires concentration, as well as a deep desire to work deeply in your practice.

    We all struggle with finding balance between work, home and self. What is your personal philosophy about maintaining a yoga practice with a busy lifestyle?

    Yikes! That is a difficult question. You just have to do. Period. Make time for one pose a day. Touch your toes in the shower. Sweep your floor. Be kind to others. Yoga is so much more than just asana (posture). It is a way of life. My philosophy is simple - start from where you are and do what you can do.

    Please tell us a little about yourself: career, family, background and anything else interesting you would like us to know.

    I am married to my wonderful husband who inspired me to do yoga when he was suffering from neck and low back pain. We did our 500 hour teacher training together and have shared this practice now for ten years! We have two crazy little chihuahuas and a life that includes yoga, travel, work and each other - not always in that order. My official career is in the wine business, but my dream job is to write full time and continue to share my love of yoga with others.