Bonnie Terrell, RYT-500

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Teaching Style:
My classes are challenging, yet grounding and fun. I teach from the heart, with compassion, and encourage students towards optimum growth and strength on and off their mat. I strive to create a “no pressure” atmosphere in class where students of all levels can feel free to try something new and explore yoga at their own pace. My hope is that students feel safe and supported, so that they may find moments of joy, peace and freedom through yoga. My classes include creative, progressive sequencing, along breath work and meditation, to gradually open the body and settle the mind. My style could best be described as “yoga fusion” - combining elements of traditional hatha, kundalini, vinyasa, yin, restorative and more. For me, choosing techniques from various yoga lineages allows for a transformative experience full of creativity, meaning and depth.

Experience and Certifications:
Yoga found me seven years ago when my husband and I moved to Palo Pinto County and I discovered a lovely little studio nestled at the base of Ward Mountain, Run’n Dawg Ridge Yoga and Wellness Studio. One class and I was hooked on the inner peace and fulfillment that I discovered on the mat. In January 2013, I completed my RYT-200 training through Indra’s Grace and in February of 2015 received my RYT-500 in Hatha through Yoga Yoga Austin, where I explored a wide range of styles and techniques.

Before Yoga:
I naturally approach yoga with both a creative and analytical mind, both hemispheres fighting for dominance at times. I have a Master’s of Science degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics, as well as B.A. degrees in Psychology and Sociology – each side of my brain well represented! My analytical nature has led me to spend a lot of time researching and understanding how yoga can impact us and my creative side thrills at the endless possibilities for sequencing classes. I am constantly amazed how each posture, breathing practice and mantra has been carefully designed based on scientific principles, and how when practiced correctly, can shape the way we think, act, feel and live. I enjoy the uniqueness of each class, built from the collective energy of those in attendance.

Yoga Thoughts:
Some things in life fill you with passion. Some things in life fill you with hope. Some things in life just speak to you. Yoga does all three for me!  I feel yoga is one of the greatest gifts I can give myself and that a daily practice simply makes me a better person.  My hope is that I will inspire others to embrace joyful living through a healthier lifestyle, using yoga as both a tool and catalyst for change.