Linda Rettig is our Teacher of the month for June! She brings an abundance of positivity and authenticity to this community. Your enthusiasm for teaching is infectious and really helps her students through even the most dynamic sequences. Linda’s teaching is creative and challenging leaving her students feeling accomplished while having fun. Her dedication to show up so fully and regularly inspires us. Be sure to catch her regularly scheduled warm vinyasa class on Saturdays at noon. Read on to hear what Linda has to share!
I started practicing yoga when I was at home with a baby; I was amazed at the combination of challenge and focus. I started teaching a few years thereafter and I think it’s the shared energy that has kept me hooked: It’s always uplifting to practice in community. I started a free community yoga program back in Texas so when I came to Asheville I was thrilled to find Asheville community yoga, it has been a perfect fit!
My most challenging pose could possibly be Savasana: it makes me thankful it is a practice as I am far from mastering it. I still need to focus on finding stillness. In addition, I was a gymnast when I was young and spent years closing down my back and shoulders so back bends continue to be a challenge for me.
My favorite yoga book is the practice manual by David Swenson, he was the first i read to give permission for modifications practicing Ashtanga. His approach is comfortable and nonthreatening and I picture his jumping forward during almost every practice. The voice in my head remains Richard Freeman: his video continues to be the most amazing yoga I’ve ever seen. He completely embodies peace and strength, total immersion. I did get to take a course with Richard Freeman and i was completely starstruck!
One course that has really stuck with me was a practice with the Tripsichore group. It made so much sense to me that vinyasa is a moving meditation and it also allows the freedom to bend the rules and be creative.
My favorite time to practice is the morning, and at night, and actually the middle of the day is pretty great too! I have found no bad time to practice. no matter what else is going on, it’s that first inhale and the practice takes over.
My favorite music to practice to is generally nature sounds like wind and water… I don’t mind flutes or other accompaniment but I steer far away from anything with lyrics as I subconsciously begin to sing!
I’ve been so grateful for Yoga as it’s a practice I’ve been able to continue with throughout injuries, difficulties, illness. It does not demand perfection, just the effort. And during difficult times, it has helped me embrace acceptance and patience.
I look forward to teaching and taking more classes at Asheville Community Yoga; it is truly a magical place!