DU students practice and teach yoga Yoga is becoming increasingly popular among students at DU. In fact, Several DU students are taking their passion for yoga to the next level and becoming certifiedyoga instructors. They are registered in various yoga styles, from Bikram, a hot yoga, to Vinyasa, a style focused upon synchronizing movement and breath.
According to the recent Yoga in America study by Yoga Journal, about 8.7% of U.S. adults (18+) practice yoga, which adds up to more than 20.4million Americans. Approximately 82.2% of these yogis, or yoga practitioners, are women.
People take yoga for many reasons. Some want to improve their flexibility, while others take yoga for stress relief and spiritual reasons. Nevertheless, American yogis spend anestimated $10.3 billion each year on yoga classes, equipment, clothing and other products.
“Yoga is a great workout,and something thateveryone should try,”Sam Pihl, a freshman DUstudent said.
“Yoga is a way of life, it’s a spiritual practice,” Steph Winsor, a junior DUstudent said. “I can feel it in 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.
Basic yoga teacher certification requires 200 hours of training. Training includesmuch 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.
Winsor (top), a sophomore double majoring in biology and public policy, is currently four weeks away fromcompleting her certification in Vinyasa.
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 Winsor (middle)started her teachertraining, she was unsure ifshe actually wanted toteach. Now, almost donewith her training, sheoffers free weekly yogaclasses at her sororityhouse, Delta Gamma.
Although Ellesplans to pursue acareer in publichealth policy andmanagement, sheintends to keepteaching.“Yoga will alwaysbe a part of mylife,” she said.