My philosophy on teaching is simple: to understand your goals, where your mind and body are today, and help you live a more comfortable, balanced, and enjoyable life.
In teaching, I believe it is important to focus on poses that help us in our daily lives. Because we need to reach down to tie our shoes, play with our children or grandchildren, or pick something up off the floor, we need to be able to bend forward. We need to reach for things on a shelf, so we need flexibility in the shoulders and we need to be able to catch ourselves if we trip or stumble on something, so we need strength in our hips and core.
For those students with cancer or healing from cancer, yoga for cancer often focuses on regaining movement in the areas of the body that have been physically affected and using breath and meditation to heal the mental effects a cancer diagnosis can bring.
My goal with each student is to share in their experience as they discover how yoga can and does change their lives. Whether the student's excitement stems from their increased flexibility, their improved sleep, or their sense of peace after a guided meditation; they are often amazed at how quickly the effects of yoga are seen. Observing this experience, as their body, mind, and sprit become balanced through their own practice, has become my favorite part of teaching.
"If you can breathe, you can do yoga." I have been known to tell my students this, (paraphrased from Krishanmanchara :) as so many students are nervous when they begin to practice yoga. Yoga is not about complicated poses; it is about moving the body to achieve flexibility and comfort, being mindful of the breath to relax, and meditating to gain focus. All of these actions serve to bring back the connection of our bodies and our minds.
Here's more information about your new Yoga Instructor and Meditation Facilitator
Hello, my name is Renee Johnson and I am the owner and founder of Infinite Lotus Yoga, LLC in Gilbert, AZ. I am a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT200®) with Yoga Alliance and have practiced yoga for about 20 years. For me, yoga has been a compass that has always helped me find my way home to my authentic self.
When living overseas, my world was turned upside down for about three years. With a language barrier and two small children, heading to a yoga studio did not seem a viable option for me so my home practice developed. Yoga became the way I could ground myself in this new environment until it felt more like home.
After returning to the States, running half marathons became a new goal and yoga became my place to restore sore back and leg muscles.
For years, yoga has been the path I have chosen to maintain flexibility, to settle my mind, and to remind myself of the beauty we all have in movement, regardless of our shape or size.
No matter where I go, I know yoga will lead me home.
This is my pup Wylie. Always ready to do some yoga. (See his 'Down Dog' on the Services page)
Please contact me at 480-630-9300 or email me at email@example.com with any questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!