Courtney discovered yoga in 2007 on a climbing trip in Colorado. At the time, yoga complemented the intense physicality and mental focus of climbing (and gave her much needed access to a shower afterwards!). Carrying her practice through graduate school at UVM, Courtney received her RYT-200 with Candra Prabha in 2012 at Burlington Yoga. Through her training at BY and regular home practice, yoga has become foundational for Courtney. This foundation has supported her while living abroad and in her current passion for distance trail running.
Courtney believes that by taking time to build physical awareness and to reflect on our mental tendencies, we can make informed decisions on how best to benefit ourselves, and those around us. Yoga is something that can be taken anywhere, to bring us back to ourselves, to bring us home from the throws of an increasingly busy world and time. Yoga is a means to achieve self-awareness, to identify sources of mental and physical disease, and to build the confidence needed to adapt, proactively. A person’s yoga practice can be anything it needs to be for them and should develop and deepen in its own time.
Courtney’s asana practice is often vigorous with careful attention to the quality of the breath, alignment, and energetic state. The same sequence practiced every day will be different every day and it is these differences, which are the most revealing of the self.
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