Nancy’s Rockin’ Montana Yoga Tour
It was in 1984 that I first traveled the state of Montana introducing health club members to the idea of mind-body fitness. At that time there were no yoga studios and Yoga was something that conjured up mystery and uncertainty. So I snuck it into my workshops between aerobic dance and calisthenics. And guess what? It was the Yoga that really caught people’s attention and shifted their perspective on well being. It is with excitement and gratitude that I am launching my Rockin’ Montana Yoga Tour 2015.
Fast forwarding 30 years, Yoga is now integrated not only into our communities, but our health care systems, workplaces, and schools. Having opened the first Yoga Studio in Bozeman in 1998, I was able to retire last year from my position as studio owner now that there is a plethora of studios offering an array of daily classes. I now focus on in-depth training and teacher certification to help expand the opportunities beyond the classroom. I am proud to say that I have had the honor of training hundreds of teachers that span the Big Sky state as well as extend across the country and around the world.
Personally, my position in this field has become one of refinement, which is appropriate for a woman of a certain age! Being a teacher’s teacher, and steeped in the art and science of living Yoga, my offerings are an integration of Yogic principles and practices that apply to living a joyous and authentic life in all stages of our development. It is so much more about the person than the pose.
Of course, functional movement and alignment continue to be of utmost importance for a healthy, effective asana practice. I also enjoy sharing the power and grace derived from applying lifestyle choices that are supported by yogic philosophy – treating ourselves with kindness, being truthful with our limitations, and living with an attitude of gratitude – to name a few.
The integration of physical, energetic, mental-emotional, intellectual, and spiritual practices that lead to and support a high quality of life have become a priority in my teaching. How these practices unfold are unique to each individual as Yoga truly is an “inside job.” Offering a one day retreat to study Yoga from the Inside Out, you will be invited to explore the various tools for transformation to discover the best medicine that Yoga has to offer for their personal well being and state of balance.
This year it is my desire to travel throughout Montana visiting various communities and networking with the teachers, students and facilities to get a sense of the growth and benefits that are serving us well. I will be documenting my visits, filming on location, and recording the beautiful open scenery along the way. I look forward to interviewing teachers and students to record your personal stories about the intentions and benefits of Yoga in your area. I also look forward to connecting with the person on the street to find out what the general public knows about the present offerings. This will become my travel blog, Yoga Under the Big Sky, meant to create connection and inspire others to step into Yoga, wherever they are.
Those of us who are on the path are well aware of all it has to offer. My interest is in continuing the trend and refining the process by cultivating community awareness and professional networking.