How long have you been teaching yoga?
I have been teaching yoga for six months at Pulsation Yoga, after completing the training program with [Owner] Kathy.
Why did you become a yoga teacher? Who and/or what are your biggest influences?
When I started practicing yoga I fell absolutely in love with the community and the practice and I knew I wanted to be able to share that with others, and that’s why I became a yoga instructor. Kathy and Jim Simonik were and are a huge influence and inspiration for me; I would not have the practice I do today without them!
How has yoga helped you to be a better person?
Yoga has helped me and is continuing to help me become the best version of myself that I can possibly be. And I think the biggest way it does that is by making me be present and aware not only of myself but of everyone else around me. It really changes the way you look at the world.
What is your personal mission statement as a yoga teacher?
My personal statement/goal as a yoga teacher is to promote self-love. I want every person who comes to my class to leave feeling better, confident, and happy.
What do you think constitutes an excellent yoga instructor?
I think a genuine/authentic yoga teacher who is dedicated to his or her students is what makes an excellent yoga teacher. Every person has a unique style of teaching that they bring to a class, and I believe that as long as you are staying true to who you are, your authentic self, people will respond to that in a positive way.
What was your most challenging teaching experience?
My most challenging teaching experience was when I taught my first solo class. I had started out co-teaching, and it felt safe having someone else in the room with me. And while “going solo” was my most challenging teaching experience, it was also my most rewarding. My students once again proved to me how supportive, accepting, and loving the yoga community is and why I am so grateful to be a part of it!
What do you recommend to the beginner student? To the seasoned student?
To the beginner student, I say relax and have fun. Don’t be hard on yourself and remember that everyone started in that same place. Everyone is nervous and hides in the back row when they start out (myself included). If you fall over, giggle and get back up. Love yourself. And to the seasoned student, I say keep a beginner’s mind.
How do you take your yoga off the mat?
I take my yoga with me everywhere I go! I have learned to love myself on the mat during my practice, accepting myself for where I am in each pose. I need to be aware and present as I move through each asana, just like I need to do off the mat in every day situations.
What is the one pose you are most proud of getting into?
The pose I am most proud of getting into is forearm scorpion, or “Vrschikasana.” I worked so hard on gaining strength and flexibility and it was awesome seeing myself progress on the pose over the year it took to master it.
What is your favorite time of day to practice yoga?
I don’t actually have a favorite time of day to practice yoga. I love it whenever I can fit it in. Although I will say it feels great to do a few sun salutations first thing in the morning.
Where is the best place you have ever practiced yoga?
The best place I have ever practiced yoga would probably be on the rooftop of my old high school. It was so empowering!
What is your favorite music to listen to while practicing yoga?
I don’t have one specific genre that I listen to during yoga. In my classes, I play anything from Bob Marley to alt-J to Lana Del Rey. I think it depends on what theme the class is centered around, or if I am practicing at home, it depends what mood I am in.
What else do you want students to know about you?
I want my students to know that they can always ask me anything. Whether it’s about their practice, an asana, or really anything, I always want to be approachable.
Why do you love teaching at Pulsation Yoga?
I love teaching at Pulsation Yoga in particular because of the community they have created. I feel so lucky to be a part of it, and it is such a wonderful and supportive bunch of teachers and students.
Linnea Kramer teaches at the Pulsation Yoga studio in Arlington Heights. Check out the class schedule to attend her classes.