DU students becomecertified yoga instructorsYoga is becoming increasingly popular amongstudents at DU. In fact, Several DU studentsare taking their passion for yoga to the nextlevel and becoming certified yoga instructors.They are registered in various yogastyles, from Bikram, a hot yoga, to Vinyasa, astyle focused upon synchronizing movementand breath.
According to the recent Yoga in American study by Yoga Journal, about 8.7% of U.S. adults (18+)practice yoga, more than 20.4 million Americans. Approximately 82.2% of these yogis, or yoga practitioners, are women.
The top reasons that people take yoga are, to improve flexibility, for stress relief and spiritualreasons, and to improve general health and fitness levels. American yogis spend an estimated $10.3 billion each year on yoga between classes, equipment, clothing and other products.
“Yoga is a great workout,and something thateveryone should try,” SamPihl, a freshman DUstudent said.
“Yoga is a way of life, it’s a spiritual practice,” Steph Winsor said. “I can feel itin my mind and my body when I miss a class.”
According to KCFitnessLink, theaverage yoga instructor isbetween 30 and 40 years old.However, current participants inyoga teacher training areanywhere from 19 to 75 yearsof age.
Steph Winsor (top), a sophomoredouble majoring in biology and public policy, is currently four weeks away from completing her certification in Vinyasa.
Basic yoga teacher certification requires 200 hours of training. Training includes much more than just attending classes, observing classes, and teaching classes. For some styles of yoga, training includes taking an anatomy lab, reading about the history of yoga, writing essays, and attending lectures.
Katie Elles (right), asenior at DU, wanted tobecome a certifiedinstructor because sheloves reading aboutmeditation and yogaphilosophy, and wantedto teach others aboutbody acceptance. Afterachieving her Bikramcertification through anintense trainingprogram, Elles nowteaches twice a week atCorePower studios.
CorePower Yoga offers teacher training in a variety of yoga styles. Sam Pihl, a freshman at DU, achieved her yoga sculpt teacher certification through CorePower.Sculpt yoga is a full body workout that incorporates free weights into the yoga poses.
When Steph Winsor startedher teacher training, she wasunsure if she actuallywanted to teach. Now,almost done with hertraining, she offers freeweekly yoga classes at hersorority house, DeltaGamma.
Although Katie Ellesplans to pursue acareer in publichealth policy andmanagement, sheintends to keepteaching.“Yoga will always bea part of my life,”she said.