I am a yoga teacher. This means that I have trained for many years to listen, to resonate, and to hold up a clear mirror of possibilities beyond the scope of what is already known. It also means that my work is based on the learning and wisdom of a long line of yoga masters, who were human beings, just like me.
Out in the world, I describe what I do as teaching yoga, in groups and privately, giving polarity sessions, and teaching trainings. The letters after my name mean that I have been certified at the highest levels to practice and teach yoga and polarity therapy and to teach others how to teach. In order to do this, I have to live these practices in my own life as if I were taking care of a sacred gift. That is how I see it. I write about these teachings because writing helps me to clarify and to breathe with what is in my mind, and to move the energy of the teachings into the relational field of my life and the life of my students.
I am a believer that the challenges in our lives create the circumstances for our growth. A good portion of my life has been about meeting my own trauma, both emotional and physical, in such a way that I can continue to grow. You might call me a wounded healer. As a teacher, I hold space for people meeting their own challenges and help them to navigate in particular the transitions of their lives.
I teach yoga classes and teacher trainings at ISHTA Yoga in Manhattan (www.ishtayoga.com) and at The Table (www.thetable-brooklyn.org) in Brooklyn; and I teach Polarity Therapy at the Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne, NY (www.yogapolarity.com). I give individual polarity sessions (which is really just a fancy way of saying hands on, individual yoga energywork sessions) in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, please check out these websites or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lineage and Teachers
I am indebted to two teachers in particular:
Alan Finger, Kavi Yogiraj in the ISHTA Yoga lineage, has been my guru and guide in learning a heart centered, life-affirming perspective on the Yoga Vedanta of Swami Sivananda, my early guide in the ethers.
My work with Alan, who initiated me into the ISHTA lineage of yoga masters (Yogiraj), is taking the form of a long, personal, mind-blowing and heart-opening discussion on a tantric interpretation of the Yoga Sutras, which I hope will soon become a book.
Heather Principe, whom I met in 2000 during a transitional moment in my life at the Sivananda ashram and with whom I have been studying and working ever since, has been an influence without which I would certainly not have made it this far. She continues to teach me about the paradigm of the four directions and how it relates to the five elements of yoga. Her wisdom has given me the anchor of the earth-based teachings of the medicine lodge and the keys to applying the energetics of yoga in the real world.
Wendy Newton, E-RYT, RPE