Becky completed Mimi Rieger’s 200 hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in January 2014. She is also trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy and Kids Yoga. Becky acts as an assistant to Mimi Rieger's teacher training programs and she also serves as the Membership Coordinator for Yoga Heights.
How did you begin practicing yoga?:
I didn't really know what Yoga was when I first stumbled into a class. I thought it was probably similar to Pilates, or something. But then the teacher started dropping some Sutra knowledge, and I was hooked. She mentioned that Yoga was the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind and it occurred to me I could probably use that. From day 1 I've had a steady practice.
What made you want to teach yoga?:
When I was first approached by my long-time teacher, Mimi Rieger, to teach, I was really shocked. Me? Why me? And I still ask myself that question all the time. But I know that Yoga is a system, and I firmly believe in it, and I love to share it with others. I'm still humbled daily by my yoga practice and my students.
Describe your yoga classes. What makes the experience unique?:
While my teaching embraces disciplined athleticism, I love to keep my classes playful, encouraging kindness, lightness, and maybe an occasional deep belly laugh. I lead a strong, fluid class encouraging strength in each asana, thoughtful movement in every transition, rhythm in breath, and a deep honoring of your intuition. You can expect to leave my class feeling sweaty, connected and revitalized.
Do you have a preferred type of yoga to teach/practice? Please elaborate.:
I recently dedicated myself completely to Ashtanga yoga, practicing in the Mysore style. However, I still like to get my ya yas out on the weekends, playing with Budokon Yoga, Rocket Yoga and occasionally a good old fashioned Vinyasa Flow. My classes are definitely heavily influenced by the intelligent sequencing of the Primary Series, adding in the connected, fluid strength cultivated in Budokon, and just a pinch of Rocket's love for inversions and arm balances.
Who is your favorite Washington D.C. area yoga teacher?:
I am so honored to have Michael Joel Hall as my teacher. I am constantly humbled by his knowledge, patience, and kindness. I must also mention my teacher, mentor, and friend, Mimi Rieger. She has always been so empowering for me as a student and a teacher. And I absolutely love Angela Meyer's playful and strengthening Budokon classes, and Alicia Moyer's beautiful, thoughtful and intelligent Vinyasa classes.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
I love taking an afternoon to go get lost in Rock Creek Park. I love that it doesn't take any effort to get there, and I always find some moment where I can feel completely removed from the city.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal? :
I'm obsessed with Sweetgreen. I probably eat there 3 times a week.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
People can find me at Past Tense, Yoga Heights, Yoga District, the Anthony Bowen YMCA, and I teach a weekly free outdoor yoga class in Farragut Square (Tuesdays 5:30-6:30).