Yoga for EveryBody - Hillary Easom, M.Ed., E-RYT 200, RPYT
About Hillary Easom
Early in 1997, while studying education in graduate school, a friend asked me to guide him through a yoga practice following direction from a book. Intrigued, I borrowed the book and began to practice on my own. Even a short, 20-minute practice made a difference in how I felt each day, and yoga became a nice complement to running and cycling.

A couple years later I took my first "real" Iyengar-influenced yoga class. After several months of practice, I was introduced to a vinyasa class and fell in love with the dance-like, meditative movements connecting body and breath. This, to me, was grace embodied. My practice was transformed.

When I became pregnant with my first child in 2005, I started taking prenatal yoga classes with Leslie Lytle in Richmond, VA. Yoga played a huge role in two very enjoyable pregnancies and births, and it was Leslie who inspired me to eventually become a yoga teacher.

In early 2009, I pursued a 200-hour yoga certification mentoring with John Berg and Anirudh Shastri. In addition, I have completed 85 hours of pre-/postnatal teacher training with Jane Austin, two  teacher training intensives with Max Strom, and further trainings in yin yoga, Thai massage and anatomy at Yoga Source Los Gatos, where I am pursuing my 500-hour certification. I am deeply grateful for the gifts I've received through my teachers.

I still enjoy exploring different aspects  of yoga; my own teaching style can best be described as a breath-centric flow with an attention to alignment and some longer-held postures to build strength, stability and stillness of mind. I also like to incorporate a bit of yoga philosophy, mantra or mudra into each class.

Combining two passions—yoga and teaching—has allowed me to embark on a journey that feels less like a job than a blessing. As you join me on this journey, we will work together in an effort to open the body, mind and spirit to all that is possible. My number one goal is that every student—regardless of age, fitness level or experience—finds something in the practice that speaks to your soul.     

P.S. I'm excited to combine yet another passion -- travel -- into my work. Exploring all seven continents has broadened my understanding of and compassion for people from other cultures. As part of The Travel Yogi, I'll be leading a yoga retreat in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) in December 2017. Click here for details. More retreats to come in the future.   




                 

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