Tuesdays Teacher Spotlight

Name: Chloe Meyer
Hometown: Ham Lake, MN
Classes Taught at Heat: Heat A
How long have you been teaching?: Since completing my 200 hour training this past May
Why become a teacher?:  The physical practice of yoga is something I fell in love with about five years ago.  Separately I began my own philosophical search for understanding the world at large and the inner workings of the mind.  Little did I know it would lead me right back to yoga.  Since realizing that my two passions came together in one place, yoga has become central to my life.  It’s my love and my passion and I want nothing more than to share it while learning more about it with other people.
Favorite pose and why: Headstand, because I never thought it would be possible, and then one day my legs left the ground.
Favorite tune to hear in class: I really enjoy silence or else subtle peaceful music
Motivational tip or favorite quote:This is the real secret of life, to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play” -Alan Watts
Advice to beginners: Really appreciate being a beginner, you won’t be one forever and it’s a special place to be. Appreciate the newness and the fun of yoga.  It might feel odd and awkward at first but this is just the start of your deeper awareness, mentally and physically, of your self.  There is so much room to grow and there are so many new possibilities ahead of you.  Just stick with it, ask questions, and keep practicing.  There’s no set of criteria to be a yogi, you don’t need to walk in the door with anything but yourself.
Where can we find you when not at heat: outside usually reading, hiking, or biking
Who knew?:  I love love love to sing
What do you emphasize in your class?  What would you like students to gain from your class?:  First and foremost I root each class in the philosophy of yoga – in staying grounded in the present moment, being apart of the here and now, noticing life as it is happening.  From there I emphasize alignment, safety, and mindfulness.  I want to make sure the poses are done as safely as possible in order to achieve maximum benefit while avoiding injury.  I also like to teach different poses in similar fashions, to show how poses that seem completely different from one another actually have many of the same efforts.  As odd as they may seem yoga poses aren’t arbitrary, they make a lot of sense and fit together nicely, and I think it’s helpful to share that with students by cuing those similar efforts and drawing from previous poses.  All of that requires paying really close attention and listening to your body and your mind, and that’s what yoga’s all about.
Tell us about other jobs that you do or did before teaching yoga:  I graduated from UMD last May and since then I’ve been working as a Youth Minister at St Joes church.  My hope is to keep pursuing yoga further and further for the future.
What have you learned about yourself on the mat that is applicable to life off the mat?: I’ve learned that mindfulness/awareness of the present moment is key.  Most problems or challenges on and off the mat can be relieved when we get out of our minds, let go of the mental story, and focus on the moment.  I’ve learned that there’s no point thinking about what “should” be, what my pose should look like, or what I should be able to do at this point.  I am where I am today, and I can only get where I can be tomorrow by first being where I need to be today.  Every step of the way is temporary, so I’ve learned to appreciate each step as I go, whether it be easy or difficult, It’s all about dropping the ego, letting life be, and enjoying it the whole way through. 
What difference have you noticed in your body and overall health since practicing yoga?: My body has never been in better shape.  I’m more flexible than I was as a dancer and in a more healthy way and yet I’m equally strong both physically and mentally, as a counter balance.  Overall I have a greater sense of body awareness.  I appreciate my body more and am mindful of foods I eat and how I carry myself day to day.  On top of that my overall view of life has shifted.  I think what I appreciate most is the balance, equilibrium, and care yoga has helped me achieve in both mind and body.


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