Audrey L Paar
Accept who you are.
Enhance what you do.
Enjoy your journey.
Welcome to Audrey’s Yoga!
I truly believe that consistent yoga practice will help with physical, mental, or emotional difficulties. The biggest obstacle for most people not having a consistent practice is getting to a studio or finding the right teacher in order to start their yoga journey. Especially when living overseas, where there might not be any yoga classes to attend, I can relate to these obstacles.
(That is why) I am here on my mat bringing you these videos each week, so you can practice yoga whenever and wherever you have time. There will be something just right for you in your yoga journey: beginner basics, modifications, continuing strength and flexibility, and new challenges when your body and mind are ready.
I have always been active and athletic, but never an athlete that was gifted with the ease of skills. I had to work hard every day in order to build and maintain my skills. That hard work helped me become a successful softball pitcher in high school and college. Being active and keeping fit through working out helped me recover from a car accident that brought me the news that I had spondylosis of the 5th lumbar, which would cause me to have low back issues for the rest of my life.
Fast forward a few years to when I was living and working as a PE teacher in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and happened upon my first yoga class. It was nothing fancy, I did not even have a mat just a sarong that I laid on the floor, but after a few classes, I was hooked and looking to do more yoga and learn as much as I could about it in order to get better. My journey led me to the Ashtanga yoga practice, which I loved because of the set sequence that let me see my progress from week to week. I went to workshops, as many classes as I could to keep getting better and stronger. I was understanding that it was a practice and I looked forward to it daily and eventually started to convince others to join me. In the following months, I talked about yoga so much that a few colleagues asked me to lead them in classes after work. I was hesitant but agreed in the end. I already taught kids how to do various sports through PE and coaching, I figured I could show my colleagues what I already knew.
I soon realized I loved teaching yoga and helping people develop their own yoga practice. It was several years before I was able to get my official 200-hour yoga teacher certification, but I knew being a yoga instructor was part of my yoga journey. Since my journey began, I have lead others on their journeys in 5 different countries and loved every minute of it. I now look forward to this new part of my journey to be able to connect and share my love and passion for yoga with people from around the world through this space. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Audrey has studied and taught yoga for over two decades. While her foundations are in Ashtanga Yoga, she strives to incorporate mindful, breath-centered, alignment flows that accommodate all ability levels. Her students love the fluid motions of her sequences and benefit from her ability to incorporate essential anatomical direction in her teaching in order to improve body awareness and pose alignment. Audrey’s passion for yoga is contagious and her inclusive philosophy centers on each student’s ability to connect with body and breath in order to find their full and true potential.
Additional information about Audrey can be found on her website; www.audreysyoga.com along with yoga videos to practice along with.