I started practicing yoga in the ‘90s in Northampton, MA. I had never liked to "exercise", and my place of business at the time offered to pay for "physical fitness" among the benefits that they offered. I went to my first yoga class at Northampton Yoga Center, and immediately after class, I signed up for the next few months. I went four times a week, and LOVED it. I have been practicing yoga off and on ever since.
When my son was in first grade his teacher asked if I would like to share yoga with the class since she knew I did yoga. It was so much fun finding creative ways of doing yoga with the kids. I have been teaching yoga there ever since.
I was inspired by that experience. When people began asking me when I would offer classes outside of the school, I decided to take my first yoga teacher training in 2009. The program I took was part of a bodywork modality called Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. I was interested in this both as a potential addition to my work as a massage therapist AND to strengthen and give me "credibility" (in my own mind) as a yoga teacher. That training was a life changing experience in many ways, and opened my eyes to the power of yoga as a tool to get to know the True Self.
As time went on, I felt the need to enliven and deepen my own practice, and to further my understanding and ability as a teacher. I was excited to see that there was going to be a teacher training fairly near to me at Santosha Yoga.
After my first meeting with Dina Lang, ERYT 500, I was sure that the training she offered was exactly what I was looking for to fill in more of those pieces.
Yoga is obviously so much more than a "fitness program"; it is a path to self-knowledge unlike anything else that I have found. It can be healing, joyful, energizing, and relaxing. It can be a deep internal or external experience. I practice yoga more now, (including at home), and enjoy taking classes at a number of local studios.
After the training, I’ve continued reading and studying more about yoga, from the sacred texts to other Yogi's biographies and teaching tools. I have discovered an abiding love of Yin Yoga, and plan to take a teacher training in that soon. I am continuing to teach yoga at City View, and have subbed at Yoga Hillsboro and run my massage business.
Carole Cotten-Figueiredo, LMT #13383
Honoring the Stillness Within