TINA VANDERKLOK, CYT, E-RYT
(CERTIFIED AND REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER), MS HOLISTIC NUTRITION
Tina is inspired by the ability yoga has to create a safe space for growth and transformation and yoga's constant insistence there is more to the journey.
Tina has been practicing yoga for over a decade and, upon graduating from Prairie Yoga Institute in 2015, teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation, Gentle, Yin and Restorative yoga classes as well as retreats. In an effort to deepen both her own understanding and practice of yoga and continue her growth as a teacher, she is currently completing her 500-hour teacher training.
Guided by the experience that each of us has the innate ability to restore, connect, and transform, Tina intentionally and creatively challenges the mind and body in an effort to reveal perceived boundaries and draw forth a response of courage, compassion, and "a ha!" moments. Through precision and alignment intermingled with breath, mantra, metaphor, and imagery, she seeks to improve her students' skill and encourage curiosity, imagination, and connection. Her goal is that time spent on the mat will manifest in a deep and lasting experience of interconnection that leads to inspired action, lasting transformation, and peace.
Tina has studied with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga and the teachers he has cultivated including Viki Distin, Ellen Mckenzie and Ali Modell. She is currently studying under the tutelage of Tricia Fiske and Marinda Stopforth. She is grateful for the many teachers she's had over the years and the many teacher's that are to come.
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WHAT IS BHAVANA YOGA?
Bhavana [spoken: bah-vuh-nah] can be translated as creative contemplation; to cultivate or develop. Our imagination is one of our most powerful tools, our attitude one of our most empowering. Each have the ability to change the way we see ourselves, others, and the world we know. By harnessing our imaginative power and ability to mold our outlook, we can use bhavana, or creative contemplation and attitude, to reveal who we truly are.
Bhavana Yoga is the combination of meditation, the physical practice of postures (in yoga called "asana"), breathing techniques (called pranayama), and sound (through mantra) coupled with the understanding that through diligence, practice, imagination, and attitude we can re-write the stories that keep us stuck and live a life full of wonder, joy, and transformation.
Curious about what yoga is? Maybe a little scared to try? You're not alone. Check out Tina's blog post where she writes about her own journey from fear to embrace and breaks down the details of yoga, where it came from, and why it's so often misunderstood. You can also find a post on how to meditate.