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Gentle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Becky Thompson

I took my first yoga class around age 50. The very first class was a Yoga Nidra taught by my teacher Laura Spaulding.

I was hooked. I tried lots of different classes and teachers. My gratitude to all of them, especially Kim Esteran.
 
In 2009 Laura offered Volunteer Teacher Training and I signed up. In the spring of 2010 I started teaching yoga as a volunteer at Gilda's Club. Now more hooked.
 
In 2010, Laura and YE offered me the opportunity of a life time, the Rhonda Lawson Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship gave me a chance to study and become a Yoga Teacher. The more I studied and practiced and taught, the more I could see the benefits of Yoga for everyone. In 2012 I completed the 500 hour level of teacher training. I am forever grateful to Laura and YE for this gift.

I believe yoga is for everybody. I have had the good fortune to teach many different students who might not look like traditional yoga students, but who are totally committed to the teachings. Actually, I am the student in this arena.

My teachers include Ramanand Patel, Francois Raoult, Doug Keller, Kino MacGregor, Christina Sell, Saraswathi Jois, Thank you Laura for bringing all of these wonderful teachers to YE. I have also with studied Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen Yee, Leslie Kaminoff, Lillias Folen, Dr. Baxter Bell and Judith Hansen Lasater. I completed Judith Hansen Lasater's Relax and Renew training and have been teaching Restorative Yoga for several years.

Becky is a Yoga Aliance RYT 500.

Anne Borders

For over a decade, Anne has been finding joy and inspiration in the daily exploration of yoga. Her journey began with Bikram yoga in 1998 and then, after leading classes for many years, she decided to delve deeper into the history, anatomy and philosophy of this transformative practice. She completed her 200-hour training with Yoga East in June of 2013 and has been passionately teaching ever since. Always looking to expand her yogic understanding, Anne has attended workshops with John Friend, Kino MacGregor, Doug Keller, Christina Sell and many others. Her most profound inspirations come from her students and family. She is honored to serve those looking to tap into a deeper understanding of their bodies and spirits.

Susan Reid

Susan began a Yoga asana practice in 2001, came to Yoga East in 2007 and found her teacher, Laura Spaulding, who opened her understandings of Yoga and introduced a great human handbook, Patañjāli’s Yoga Sutra. Susan graduated from Yoga East’s 200 hr training in 2009, the 300 hr module in 2012, and achieved E-RYT 500 in 2015. Her training continues in the Krishnamacharya lineage - Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, and with the wonderful teachers Laura brings to Louisville. Susan has been influenced by workshops with; John Friend, David Garrigues, Saraswathi Jois, Doug Keller, Kino MacGregor, Robert Moses, Karin O'Bannon, Ramanand Patel, François Raoult, Darren Rhodes, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Christina Sell, Dean Sluyter and David Swenson.

Vrinda Kumar

Vrinda was always intrigued by the power of yoga. She had the opportunity to learn Iyengar style yoga in 1995-1998 in India.
She and her family came to the US in 2000. In the summer of 2010 she took up the Ashtanga yoga practice with Laura @ Yoga East.
In January of 2014, she started the teacher training. Now with 200 hour teacher training, and over a year of teaching internship she continues to aspire for a good practice and deeper understanding of the yoga philosophy.

Anne Kosko

After teaching group fitness for 17 years, Anne took her first Bikram yoga class and was hooked. She gave up teaching group fitness and dedicated her time to the study of yoga. Since taking the first Bikram class, Anne has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga. Anne draws from all of these styles of yoga to teach an invigorating, yet accessible Hatha yoga class that appeals to beginners and continuing students alike. Anne is a graduate of the 2004 Teacher Training Class.  She received her 500 hour certification in August of 2008.  November of 2014 Anne upgraded her Yoga Alliance registration to ERYT-500 and is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.   Anne has studied with Fancois Raoult, Carin O'Bannon, Lou Hoytt, David Swensen, Ramanand Patel, Amenda McMain, Sharath Rangaswamy, Doug Keller, Christina Sell and Anna Ferguson but considers her teachers to be Laura Spaulding and Paul Long. Anne is a graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a BSC in Management. 

Tricia Nelson

In the beginning there were a multitude of reasons why yoga was not going to be for her..."I was not flexible, I did not have the right body portions, did not have the right clothes etc..." but after having started her practice and continued her studies with Yoga East President Laura Spaulding (and all the wonderful teacher at Yoga East) Tricia soon began to realize what yoga is really about, and how it is for anyone and everyone willing to give it a chance.

Remember to breath; never panic; always smile; and practice, practice, practice...all is coming. Om shanti, shanti, shanti...
Namaste.    

Denise Ford

Denise has been practicing yoga for 10 years and has studied with Francois Raoult, Doug Keller, David Garrigues, Kino MacGregor, and Laura Spaulding. She graduated from Yoga East’s 200 hour RYT program in 2013 and is currently teaching Gentle yoga classes. Denise graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Written Communications. She’s currently working in “corporate America” and feels blessed to have found a way to manage the stress.

Catherine Followell

Catherine began her yoga practice in 2014, and completed her training through Yoga East in 2015. She enjoys teaching a variety of classes, to all levels of students.   When not teaching, she enjoys her own Ashtanga practice.  
Gentle Level is ideal for seniors, pregnant women, and students recovering from illness, injury or surgery. Gentle classes are also great for anyone who needs a little rest and quiet from the busy pace of life. Gentle Yoga has a slower pace and the teachers give more instruction on how to use props such as chairs, the wall, blocks, blankets, bolsters for support. Gentle Yoga introduces fundamental Hatha Yoga postures while ensuring that students have time to understand the instructions, and get the props needed to practice the pose to their capacity. This class may include accupressure yoga, chakra yoga visualizations, pranayama and mudras. Class ends in deep relaxation.
Although this class is suited to students needing assistance, students with pronounced physical limitations are requested to phone us first about their restrictions before coming to class. Phone Laura Spaulding at the main office during business hours at 502-585-9642. Leave a message if she is out and she will return your call. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jun 22 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Becky Thompson
    at East End
  • Fri Jun 23 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anne Borders
    at East End
  • Sat Jun 24 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Susan Reid
    at St. Matthews
  • Sun Jun 25 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Vrinda Kumar
    at St. Matthews
  • Mon Jun 26 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Anne Kosko
    at St. Matthews
  • Mon Jun 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Tricia Nelson
    at East End
  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Roshi Vazinpour
    at Highlands
  • Wed Jun 28 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Wed Jun 28 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Denise Ford
    at St. Matthews
  • Thu Jun 29 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Becky Thompson
    at East End
  • Fri Jun 30 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anne Borders
    at East End
  • Sat Jul 01 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Susan Reid
    at St. Matthews
  • Sun Jul 02 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Vrinda Kumar
    at St. Matthews
  • Mon Jul 03 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Anne Kosko
    at St. Matthews
  • Mon Jul 03 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Tricia Nelson
    at East End
  • Wed Jul 05 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Anne Kosko
    at East End
  • Wed Jul 05 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Denise Ford
    at St. Matthews
  • Thu Jul 06 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Becky Thompson
    at East End
  • Fri Jul 07 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Catherine Followell
    at East End