Four Questions
Chrissy Carter, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first yoga experience was in college. Our resident dance professor, Allyson Greene, introduced yoga into our modern dance classes and company rehearsals. We did mostly standing poses and I remember thinking that the postures were hard and a little weird. I was intrigued and had no idea why. I wasn’t able to articulate my experience at the time, but looking back I think I saw a glimpse of the path I had been desperately... Read more


Four Questions
J. Brown, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first yoga class was in 1992 as part of a sophomore year acting program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The teacher’s name was Maud, but we affectionately referred to her as the “Swedish Mistress of Pain.” She taught in a classical Iyengar style and was quite lovely with me at a tender age. My mother had passed away only a few years prior and I was only just starting to face the deep pain and loss.... Read more


Four Questions
Cyndi Lee, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
Although the benefits of headstand include mental concentration, my daily Sirsasana has not managed to extend my memory all the way back to the first yoga class I attended circa 1971.  When referring to something which happened nearly 50 years ago (wow!) you can use the word “circa” in the sentence, don’t you think? I do remember the classes were early in the morning and sometimes I fell asleep in Janu Sirsasana.
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Four Questions
Jean Koerner, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience. 
 
My first yoga class was after college in 1988. The aerobics craze was going strong; however, I sought out the slower pace of the one yoga class that was offered per week in those days. I had back surgery in 1992, used yoga to recover by attending class daily, and a few months later was asked to teach by my teacher. I was lucky enough to do my teacher training privately and taught my first class three weeks later.  
 
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Four Questions
Jodie Rufty, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first yoga class or "yoga experience" was in 1993. I was 23 years old, in graduate school getting my Masters degree in Performing Arts at Rhode Island College, while attending a two year conservatory program at Trinity Rep. My performing arts teachers would do Sun Salutations with us as a warm up for our acting classes. I had no idea that it was yoga, really, or what it was. To me, it was simply a warm up exercise.
 
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Four Questions
Melanie Klein, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My sister took me to my first yoga class in 1996, a Kundalini yoga class offered through a local community college's community extension program, located in a big warehouse beside a set of railroad tracks filled with outdated fitness equipment. I remember giggling as we were led through a series of kriyas and chants. But I continued to go back to class week after week sometimes stifling laughter and at other times letting the chuckles roll out... Read more


Four Questions
Ram Bhakt, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
At fourteen years old, I experienced Yoga for the first time finding my mother practicing from Richard Hittleman's Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan. Acknowledging my curiosity, she demonstrated postures to try together before guiding me into meditation. “Close your eyes and look at the lights you see.” In a moment, the little “I” was no longer there ‒ like time travel for a kid! Invisibility, absolute peace and stillness... Read more


Four Questions
Deanna Gibson, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
I must have been about 14 years old and living in Greenville, South Carolina. I had gone to the library with my Mom and checked out a yoga VHS. I had heard about yoga from somewhere....perhaps a magazine? But, this was definitely before yoga was trendy. The video featured lots of monochrome spandex and no vista - the practitioners were in a bare, white room. No waterfalls or serene Hawaiian beaches here. Still, I felt like I was in on an... Read more


Four Questions
Gail Hamlin, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience. 
 
The first time I took a yoga class I went with a colleague from work during our lunch hour. The studio, right by our office in midtown, was Yoga Zone founded by Alan Finger. I don’t remember much about the particulars of the class, only that I felt I’d found my “home”. Practicing yoga felt as natural as breathing. I took that first class and never looked back. Soon, I was practicing five times a week and developed a home... Read more


Four Questions
Jessica Rienecker, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first experience with yoga was with a "power yoga" DVD. I was in my living room with a friend and had assumed yoga was a very passive and "easy" thing to do. I lasted about fifteen minutes before my muscles started to ache and was faced with the realization that I was in terrible shape. It was months before I ever tried it again, this time in an actual class setting. I think many people underestimate the strength involved in yoga because... Read more


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