Cultivate joy as you would a dear friendship.
– Wayne Teasdale
Reden Yoga is the name I gave to the heart- and brain-child I've been developing since 1999, a year marked with significance for me. It was the year I came face-to-face with the choice we all must make at some point: do you choose to make a life of joy or struggle through a life of pain?
During that time of intense personal introspection, I was fortunate to discover a symbol called the mandorla ("almond" in Italian). The mandorla is the image created by two intersecting circles. The image symbolizes the intersection of humanity and divinity and it became a safe haven of rest, peace, and joy for me.
Time spent with the image of the mandorla unveiled a joyful calm deep within me. I decided to name the newfound feeling "reden"--a re-Edening of the world--a place of joyful connection between the human and the divine, be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Wayne Teasdale wrote the above words in response to Mechthild of Magdeburg's definition of God, "Who is God? God is the meaning for my joy, [and] a gladsome joy to my being." Reden Yoga is the product of my efforts to cultivate this dear friendship with joy.
About Elizabeth Miller, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Know who you are, and do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton
Elizabeth Miller is a yoga therapist and teacher in the viniyoga tradition through American Viniyoga Institute and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years. While she considers her life with family, friends, and students her best teacher, she has studied extensively with Gary Kraftsow.
In addition to her yogic studies, Elizabeth received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature with special emphasis in Religious Studies and Visual Arts (Otterbein College). She holds certification in Thai Yoga Massage from the Lotus Palm School in Montreal, Canada; Nerve Touch in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and the Sunshine Network in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2015, Elizabeth received certification as Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute.
Prior to starting Reden, Elizabeth worked for several years with the Omega Institute, a leader in holistic education based in Rhinebeck, New York, and The Crossings, a progressive learning center just outside Austin, Texas. Through work with these progressive centers of education, Elizabeth has been able to learn and incorporate seeds of wisdom from many traditions in her classes and private sessions.
Like many others, Elizabeth's path to yoga came from a desire to become healthier in body, mind, and spirit after a series of challenging life experiences while living in the mountains of northwest Colorado. Elizabeth's gentle, yet powerful, teaching style helps students accept themselves as they are and uncover their sacred perfection. Following Vedic teachings honoring the five dimensions of humanity, Elizabeth weaves practices that touches the physical, mental, energetic, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our being.
ABOUT CONSTANCE PIWTORAK
Celebrate life one day at a time.
Constance has been working for nearly 20 years assisting clients in finding better health and wellness as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. Growing up on a farm in Indiana, Constance is a graduate of Purdue University. After developing a love of yoga, Constance completed her teacher training program in 2005. She now concentrates on helping others recognize the need to respect and guide the body into a state of wellness through a balanced plan concentrating on the body, mind, and spirit.
Constance continues to explore additional methods of wellness and this now includes Thai Yoga Massage. Introduced to the practice by Elizabeth, Constance studied and trained with Anthony Conard. Her love of Thai Yoga Bodywork continues to grow with the caring community of practitioners and recipients in Columbus. To reach Constance, email her at email@example.com or call/text (614) 348-8997.
ABOUT CHARLES GIBSON
No pressure, no diamond.
Charles Gibson's mission is to inspire hope and change in people through fitness and wellness. He has been involved in the wellness community for more than 20 years—after 11+ years in the banking industry. His clients range from athletic teams, firefighters, corporate executives, and people of many ages and backgrounds. The message is always the same: no pressure, no diamond. Results take sacrifice, determination, and discipline—lessons he learned from his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. After discovering yoga and many years of studying Thai yoga massage, Charles has led and assisted more than thirty Thai yoga massage workshops in the past four years. Sessions with Charles emphasize the importance of relaxation through mindfulness and touch. To reach Charles, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org