I have a background in classical ballet, modern dance and biology. I also work as a substitute teacher for West Aurora SD 129. I am a Yoga Alliance CYT 200 which I received through Fox Valley Yoga TT with Karen Weber.
I came to yoga through a natural investigation of the disciplines of the active body. To my surprise I found that while yoga does challenge the body it affects the mind in a most positive way, leading to benefits in one’s life off the mat.
My classes are predominately vinyasa flow, sequenced using Parayoga design with poses and counter-poses meant to safeguard the body and prepare for an apex pose.
I have taken additional workshops with Bob Whittinghill and Todd Howell at Prairie Yoga, Kino MacGregor at Moksha and Jeff Manning at Shine.
More About Valerie
What inspires you?
Music inspires me, as does the workings of the universe.
If you had 15 minutes in which to do anything, what would you do?
If I had 15 minutes to do something it would be taking a walk in the woods or float in the lake.
Who inspires you?
I admire anyone who is trying to save our earth.
Why do you do yoga?
I do yoga to clear my mind. It helps me hear my connection to the source
Where is your favorite place?
My favorite place is where I can hear, and smell the ocean.
What is your idea of heaven?
Heaven is a life lived well.
What is your superpower(s)?
Every glass I see is have full! If we want to get philosophical about it though some people could see that as a curse… But then most superpowers have a dark side.
What’s your favorite quote?
This is one that is speaking to me now…
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
What’s your favorite book(s)?
This is difficult because the answer depends on my mood… Books I often return to: The Grapes of Wrath ~J. Steinbeck , The Little Prince and Wind, Sand and Stars ~A. St. Exupéry , Persuasion ~J.Austin and A River Runs Through It ~ N. Maclean
What is your favorite emotion(s) to cultivate?
Joy is my favorite emotion to cultivate, it is always bubbling right below the surface
What is your favorite asana?
Anything upside down.
What do you love to do when you’re off the mat?
I read (often about what goes on, on the mat) , I love to hike around with my husband and our dog, visit my children (who live in very visit-able places). See films, listen to music. Enjoy life.
What are you grateful for?
For everyday that I wake up on the top side of the earth’s crust; that my children are healthy and content and that mankind has not obliterated itself yet.
What is your mission?
I wouldn’t call it a mission, exactly, but I do think it is important for every yogi to spread deliberate quietness of mind and peace gained through yoga and meditation (or not! It could be naturally in them ) among their community.