Gratitude . I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I am passionate about with my community. I was inspired to expand my yoga knowledge by my dear friend and mentor Allison Dienger. I received my initial 200 hour Registered Yoga teacher training at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg with the my education being led by Megan Grace, Keith Borden and many other gracious teachers.. Since the beginning of this journey I have been mentored by Jamie Healey in the art of Yoga Nidra, Jessica Noche in Children's Yoga and many other online and live courses that expand my base knowledge of yoga. To this day I am still learning more about yoga and how to use it in my life.
For me, yoga has been both an evolution and a moment in time, a constant reminder of growth along the journey and importance of awareness in a single breath. As a teacher and guide, my goal is to provide a space for you to find a pause in the moment and be able reflect on your journey to your true self. We are both teachers and students – throughout our practice on and off the mat. I completed my 200 RYT certification in March 2019 at Inner Fire Yoga. My hope and goal is to create a welcoming and safe space for any student to explore and discover their own transformation through yoga.
In the past my relationship with yoga had been all about the poses and how it could help me become more fit. On New Year's Eve 2017 I attended a yoga workshop with an instructor that introduced me to yoga as the combination of breath, mind, spirit and asana. And that was it. I fell in love. I completed my 200 hr YTT through KRAMAS Yoga, am Certified in Teaching Children Yoga and Assisted Yoga. My intention in teaching yoga is to make it accessible to anyone, no matter their age or obstacle, and to help others discover peace and contentment through practice on their mats. In addition to teaching Flow classes, I am a big lover of Power Yoga so I look forward to offering some high intensity classes with fun, rocking playlists too!!
Owen imparts yoga foremost as an act of friendship with ourself, as we are now. He believes yoga may surprise us rather quickly by unveiling the extent to which our body, breath, and mind affect our sense of our "lived experience." He enjoys witnessing students discover this--they blink and smile widely, as if seeing themselves for the first time.
Owen received his 200-hour certification from RajaHatha School of Yoga and meditation training from the Madison Shambhala Center. He received his Dharma name, "Gentle Dawn," for his advocacy of adult learning. He still stresses and makes mistakes, but he responds more calmly, smiles more often, and sees more clearly how he'll spoil his first dog.
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Before starting Kundalini yoga five years ago, I suffered from anxiety attacks that left me unable to breath. A former elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system for 16 years, I found that Kundalini’s mantras and breathing techniques were precisely what I needed to quell the anxiety and calm my mind. In fact, Kundalini so spoke to my mind, body and soul that today, I call my yoga mat my church because it is where I can center myself and find the Divine within. The mantras in Kundalini help focus me and I’ve noticed subtle changes in me, like things roll off my back more. I have studied Kundalini with Shabad Kaur Khalsa, and Shiva Singh Khalsa, who teach at P.S. Yoga in Chicago, IL. I have my Kundalini Research Institute International Level One Kundalini Yoga Instructor Certification, have completed 2 of the 5 level two trainings, certified in Yoga Tune Up, trained in The Roll Model Method, Breath and Bliss Immersion, and have my 200 RYT certification through Yoga Alliance. In addition to my yoga training, I studied dance for 18 years and have a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in musical theater. I sang with the USO and have traveled to more than 26 countries, entertaining the troops. But I always come back to the mat for the physical challenge of perfecting a posture, and the reward of a calm and focused mind. I hope to offer my students a way to calm their minds and become more attuned to their bodies,