Blessings & Gratitude
Today I embrace all my teachers and experiences life have given me. I have studied many styles of yoga and received my RYT 200 hours in Hatha. I started practicing a style of yoga called Yin Yoga about four years ago. Although new to some circles, Yin yoga is quite old. It is part of the original Hatha yoga tradition which combines Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practice. I was reading and studying all the information that was out there. I came across a website of world educator and author Bernie Clark. After learning so much from his website and his books I decided that I needed to take his certification program. The experience was life changing which brought me to a new level as a Yin yoga teacher. I am so grateful that the universe provided me with this opportunity!!
I am especially thankful for the teaching’s Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoying each moment and bringing your meditation to whatever you are doing. I want to share with my students the profound experience of body, mind and spirit that yoga has given me. I teach my classes to fit what the student needs, focusing on the alignment, breath and posture. I feel it is important to offer modifications and props for students who need it. I also like to offer some challenging poses for those who want to improve and deepen their practice. Yoga can provide insight to all of us no matter where you are in your practice.
My favorite cue to my students is to cultivate Sukam (happiness, comfort) and Sthira (calm, steadiness) in your postures. Listening to your body will ensure a safe and beneficial practice. Teaching yoga is my ultimate love and passion and to share it with others brings me great joy!
Adriana Brettell ERYT
Yin Yoga Certification
Art of Sequencing/ Hands-On Adjustments Certification
Fascial Stretching and Strengthening Certification
Yoga has been a life- long journey for me. I was first introduced to yoga in 1967 while living in Laguna Beach, CA. After reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I was inspired to practice yoga and meditation. The asanas provided Moksha (liberation) of the mind, compassion to the soul and health for the body. I have over a thousand hours of teaching experience. I received my certification to teach Yin Yoga in 2014 with Bernie Clark, world renown educator/author. Rached Malouff, my teacher in Hatha Yoga refined my teaching skills. His legacy lives in the heart of all his students. I was also fortunate enough to take Ashtanga Yoga classes with Tim Miller, a master teacher, who was true inspiration! Additionally, I am guided by the teaching’s of BKS Iyengar which are my absolute favorite. I continue to study the Iyengar method of yoga, I feel that I will be a student for life!
This year has been very enriching and I am so thankful I was able to take two excellent trainings. The first training with Tias Little has provided me with a new level of teaching awareness. How exciting to explore with Tias the detailed nature of anatomy, physiology and neuroscience in relation to the ancient wisdom of yoga, the chakras, and the nadis! His instruction on the “Art of Sequencing” explored how to acquire balance/ alignment as we build our practice from the ground up. The second part of my training with Tias focussed on “Hands-On Adjustment". In this segment we learned the subtle art of “body reading” going beyond the physical through touch, feeling the subtle nuances and awareness of each individual's yoga practice. I am so grateful the universe led me to this knowledge!
In August of this year I took a training that will forever change how I move my physical body. Known as Fascial Stretching and Strengthening, the process focuses on creating and maintaining space within the joints. My teacher, Layna Cirelli is a certified KMI Structural Integration and Movement Educator. I received Level 1 training in kinesiology, physiology, connective tissue therapy and movement education.
The teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh gives the wisdom "To live spiritually is to live in the present." I bring this thought to class when I teach yoga. I find that it helps my students focus on the breath, alignment and posture. Yoga can provide insight to all of us. My favorite cue is to cultivate Sukha (happiness, comfortable) and Sthira (calm, steady) in asanas. Listening to the body and your inner self will ensure a safe and fulfilling practice. Teaching and practicing Yoga is my ultimate love. To share with others brings me compassion and peace.
Adriana with Tias and Surya Little
New Mexico 2019