As your teacher, I honor the discovery of each practitioners uniqueness and will create a safe and nurturing space to allow you to experience acceptance, self-awareness and a transformational journey to realizing your true nature.
I feel that for whatever reason people begin a Yoga practice, they discover that the benefits go well beyond enhancing their physical health and mental acuity to promoting emotional balance and spiritual awareness as well. My practice today is about being an observer of mind and body, creating space for the Self, and practicing ultimate awareness. I love exploring and learning about Yoga's history and teachings. To me, sharing in a community, or Sangha is a very important aspect of our Yoga practice.
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About the Teacher
My introduction to Yoga was from a book I discovered at a thrift store in upstate NY in 1995. I began my practice of breathing exercises and Yoga poses at home and it wasn't long before I realized that I was becoming more centered, open-minded and felt revitalized. Yoga had gracefully become a doorway for me to find a sense of peace and lightness during heavy times in life. I continued to study Yoga in college until 2002 with Retha Cazel and meditation with Elaine Corwin, both of Corning, NY.
I am a Yoga Alliance registered teacher at the professional 500 hour level, earning my 200 hour teaching certification in Hatha Yoga from Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Here I studied with Allison Claire Eaton, Craig Perkins, Shane Perkins and a group of incredibly inspiring yogins in techniques of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, anatomy & physiology, yogic philosophy, ethics, and teaching practicum. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, I fully support Yoga to be recognized as therapy in today's healthcare. I am a cancer survivor and throughout my journey of organ malfunction, surgery and treatment, Yoga has been an integral part of the healing process. I hold certifications in the Essentials of Thai Yoga Therapy as well as Integrative Reflexology, and appreciate their healing nature.
My Yoga classes have been described as a "meditative flow, challenging for both the body and mind." My background consists of a blend of yoga styles that I have practiced and studied over the years, including Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, and Vinyasa with meditative aspects based on mindfulness. I've had the pleasure in studying with amazing teachers to earn certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga as Therapy, Yoga for Seniors and completing the 500 hour program from the Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach in Asheville, NC. Many teachers have inspired me over the years to share Yoga as being so much more than a pursuit of asana (posture). Following the Krishnamacharya lineage, I believe the asana should be modified to benefit the student rather than molding the student to fit the asana. I share an ocean of gratitude not only for the many teachers who have impacted my life, but for my students as well, who continue to be my best teachers yet. My greatest love is helping others become in tune with themselves through their bodies to feel Divine inner peace, or "Divine Shanti."
Some favorite things other than Yoga include my love for music, nature, travel, art, holistic healing, reading, gardening, teas, and spending time with family and friends. I am blessed to live in Charlotte with my loving husband and a four-legged bundle of joy, our pug-boston terrier. Being a fine artist allows me to express myself from a space deep within my heart onto a canvas to share with you. A greater view of my gallery can be seen here.
To give you the best possible Yoga experience, I welcome all questions, suggestions, comments or concerns.
Photographs on this site are the property of Angela Benton and are examples of the beauty from travels to Mexico, Costa Rica and her classes.