Beth reminds her therapy clients that they are the experts in their own lives; similarly, she believes that her yoga students are the experts of their own bodies. Beth views yoga as a practice both on and off the mat.
Beth sought out yoga in 2001, hoping that yoga would help with chronic migraines. She started at home with VHS tapes; it was several years before she felt ready to enroll in community classes and longer until she ventured to an actual yoga studio. Beth’s personal practice continues to include DVDs and YouTube videos in addition to studio classes.
In October 2015, Beth completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification with Aimée Senise Connors and became registered with Yoga Alliance. The following spring (2016), she added a certification in restorative yoga. In 2019, Beth obtained Yoga for All certification for teaching adaptive and accessible yoga. Beth is also a graduate of Yoga Ed.’s Professional Institutes 1 and 2 (teaching yoga to children K-12).
Beth’s classes combine foundational asana (physical postures) with breathing techniques (pranayama) and mindfulness. She uses themes to nurture the mind-body connection as well as to incorporate all eight limbs of classical yoga. Students can expect Beth’s classes to be slower-paced with a workshop-like feel at times, including liberal use of props. Beth is serious about yoga and yet playful in her teaching.
Beth teaches two weekly Yoga Basics classes, one at a Rochester-area studio (Eternal Bliss Yoga Center), and one on campus at SUNY Geneseo, where Beth works full-time as a clinical psychologist. On Saturdays twice a month, Beth co-hosts and teaches a “Mind, Body, and Brew” yoga series at local craft breweries.