BYC Yoga Teacher Feature: Meet Myra Lewin

Myra Lewin: MA, ERYT-500, Advanced Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner 1. When was your first introduction to Yoga? My first introduction to Yoga was in 1972 when a friend took me to a class. I had no idea what it was. The teacher was a man with a very smelly beard. We did some breathing and body movements that scared me and I got out of there as fast as I could. It wasn't until 1987 that I heard about it again. I was going through some challenges in life and a friend suggested a weekly meditation class with Jack Kornfield. My life really started changing from that point on. 2. How did you get into teaching Yoga? How many years have you been teaching, and where can people find your classes? As a teen I taught swimming, then accounting and behavioral management at the university levels. Teaching is in me. My first time in India I was so attracted to a carving of the goddess Saraswati (goddess of the arts, creativity, and teaching) that I bought and mailed it back to the states. I had no idea who she was at the time. After my first Yoga asana class in 1989, the teacher said "you should be a teacher." It seemed incredible that she would say that since I was sitting on 6 blankets and could not bend over more than one quarter of the way. Even though I was in terrible pain and felt tortured through the entire class, I knew I was coming back! I started teaching classes and private sessions full time in 1994. These days I focus on training teachers, private sessions, workshops and retreats. My Ayurveda practice is now at the basis of all of my teaching. It is my intention to reach as many people as possible to spread the word of Ayurveda and Yoga. I currently live on Kauai in the Hawaiian islands. 3. What do you love most about teaching Yoga? I love the opportunity to be with people as they experience more of themselves in their practices. Seeing people make that inner connection touches me in a deep place of knowing. 4. What do you love most about practicing Yoga? Having a foundation to remind me of who I am as eternal Spirit; especially pranayama and meditation that have me continue to develop my relationship with my innermost Self.  5. What advice do you have for people who have never tried Yoga? It is a vast tradition with many practices and techniques. Work with a chunk that appeals to you and take small steps. It is about your direct experience, not what someone else tells you it should be. Remember that it is a state of being that you are moving toward. Yoga is union of body, mind, and spirit. With this ultimate goal in mind, be kind and gentle with yourself. Date and Ginger Chutney Recipe by Myra Lewin
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