I was too young to feel that way.My first yoga class (which was not power yoga) was a bit intimidating and left me wondering if yoga was right for me. But after doing a little research and learning about a multitude of yoga styles, I thought
I should give it another try—and Power Yoga it
was. I was hooked from the beginning and felt indescribable after. All my life music has been my passion, but as I delve deeper into my yoga practice things started to shift—I felt like I was figuring out who I was and coming into my own. As cliché as it sounds, it made me whole. And it was after one of my students said, “Ms. Johnson, you sure have been nice lately” that I decided I wanted to share this amazing practice with anyone who would listen.
After 2 years of practicing, I decided to go through the training program at American Power Yoga. And in 2003, I received my 200-hour certification. Along with training at APY with Kurt Johnsen and Lyissa Trout, I have also had the opportunity to learn from Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Ana Forrest, Brian Kest, Beryl Bender Birch, Baron Baptiste, Dharma Mittra, Edward Clark, Tom Worley, Stephanie Young and Jessica Young. In February 2010, I began working toward my 500 hr. certification with Shiva Rea.
Yoga has completely changed my perception on life, myself, and the world around me. It is the one of the few places you can truly be you—there are no egos, and no judgments. I believe it is a very raw and exposed practice where you learn to find, explore, and accept your true self: every strength, and every weakness . I once heard a teacher say that “if you want to get to know yourself, do a little yoga.” I have used that statement in my classes ever since—it can not be said in simpler terms.
In short, I went from conducting at the Meyerson to sweating on a mat. And I wouldn’t change a thing.