2011 – Present – Unitarian Church of Evanston – 1330 Ridge, Evanston Coteach two classes Sunday before service and Wednesday morning yoga classes. Jessica Tomell-Presto is the other certified yoga instructor, we share the responsibilities. During the summer have done lay lead sermons on yoga – meditation.
January 2007 – July 2015, Yoga instructor at Metropolitan YMCA where I talk mostly at Leaning Tower YMCA and High Ridge YMCA. Started teaching Sunday mornings at Leaning Tower Y in Niles and then picked up some classes at High Ridge Y in Chicago. During the summers with substitutions I taught as many as 13 classes during the week. From 2013 to 2015 I regularly taught 7 classes per week.
February 2008 – June 2013, Yoga Instructor at Park Ridge Park District Senior Center. Taught seniors 6-7 participants regularly once a week.
Have taught workshops/events:
Retirement homes, Nursing Homes mostly private clients.
Men’s retreats – yoga in the morning before breakfast
Partner Yoga – usually done on Valentine’s day
Gong Bath/Meditation – done several times a year
Yoga/Pilates – sometime a Pilates group would like a yoga teacher like myself.
Taught yoga in the workplace during lunch break.
Community Yoga Breakfasts – done once a month for 3 years at Bakers Square Touhy and Western.
Why I started teaching
Started my yoga practice 1994 when a coworker convinced me to go to a class. I felt the therapeutic effect of breathing, mind, and body mostly the stretching of the hips. I had been doing several triathlons per year and the hips were wound tight. The coworker became certified yoga instructor, then started a lunch yoga at work. I filled in when needed.
I retired at age 55 from Electrical Engineer job 2006, got yoga certified and started teaching yoga.
Enjoy different styles of teaching/yoga. Originally I specialized in chair yoga, working with generally older people. I would do starter classes at retirement and nursing homes. The YMCA classes were much easy to develop a consistent class base. I did teach chair yoga at Highride Y for 5 years, satisfying to work with people with neck, shoulder, lower back problems and see sometimes dramatic improvement.
I now teach one or two classes of easy yoga. A soft, stretching, meditative yoga. I usually start the with tuning into the body, breath, mind, and thoughtfulness. Warmup the different parts/movements of the spine usually in seated. Do some movements in table, continue in standing poses. Then do some balancing, hip openers, cool down, ending in relaxation. I like a class size of 8-12 however adapt to mostly who drops in. As I get older I like breathing relaxing into the stretch kind of movements.
200 hr Certification Spirit Rising Yoga Chicago More info/details upon request.