By Ashley McGuirk
Every month Razz will be highlighting one of our amazing yoga instructors so that our community can grow closer to one another. This way our students can get a better idea of the instructor and the classes, she/he offers on a weekly basis. Building a strong yoga community can be both beneficial to not only the students but to the business as well. The more we learn about one another the stronger our relationships become, resulting in a community, full of love and support.
For the month of March, we decided to highlight one of our community yogis who will be completing the Hatha Raja Yoga teacher training this May, meet Natalie! Natalie is a dedicated yogi who used yoga to help her stay balanced during her years in college. Natalie wants to help her students discover the mental clarity yoga has brought her. Read along as Natalie shares her beautiful analogies (i.e. her yoga mat is an island + safe space) and her “why” behind her teacher training and yoga practice.
1.) Who are you and why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
My name is Natalie Garinther, I graduated from college last May and I currently live with my parents in Stevenson! I want to become a yoga teacher because the practice has been a big part of what keeps me sane! In my last year of college, I always made sure to make time for yoga class during a long study session or after a stressful day. I want to share that level of mental clarity with my students and help everyone see the amazing benefits of the yoga.
2.) When, where and which yoga teacher training are you completing?
I’m currently taking the Hatha Raja Yoga Teacher Training at Razz Yoga that will finish up this May.
3.) Overall how would you describe your relationship with yoga?
Yoga is my place to forget about everything–to destress from school at first and now work. It helps clear my mind so I can be a better, more present person off the mat! When I’m in a class, my yoga mat is like an island where I can just empty my mind for an hour or so and leave feeling truly whole.
4.) What do you want your future students to take away from your class?
I want my future students to take away a passion for the practice of yoga. Hopefully they’ll be able to incorporate it into their daily lives, whether that’s doing the calming breathing after a stressful encounter or using a pose to help relieve physical pain or tightness. Students should feel like class is a safe space to be themselves and grow as individuals.
5.) (Just for fun!) What’s your favorite vegan dish?
My mom makes an amazing sweet potato chili!! Now I just have to find an alternative for sour cream…
We hope you enjoyed learning about Natalie and her relationship with the yoga practice. If you see her or any of our fellow yogis make sure to say hi and connect. We’re all family here and love seeing our community grow. Namaste.