FEATURED TEACHER, JULY 2019

 
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FEATURED TEACHER OF THE MONTH:

DARCY BOWMAN

Meet Darcy! Darcy views life as an opportunity and is inspired in each precious breath. She encourages her students to approach yoga as a way of life, to practice with a beginner's mind, with loving kindness, and with sincerity. Whether she’s teaching hatha or restorative yoga, she leads with an inquiry based approach that empowers students. Come practice with Darcy on Sundays at 11:15 for Restorative Yoga and get to know more about her below!

Q: Tell us a bit about how you found yoga?
A: My first yoga classes were when I was a student at Parsons School of Design in the early 70s. I don’t really know what I was doing, but I loved the practice. That summer, after I graduated from college, my then boyfriend, Freddie Wyndham, and I moved to New Hampshire where I had a summer job baking at a tennis camp. Freddie has just come off the road with his band and he’d started a yoga practice on his own. We loved practicing meditation and our asana yoga practice grew out of that. Together, I felt like we were very dedicated students of yoga. We got married in 1976, and have been blessed to share our practices together ever since.

In 2002, Freddie had shifted from writing & producing music for film and tv, to teaching yoga. He suggested I take a Teacher Training, so I did, with Jillian Pransky in Hoboken, NJ, at Devotion Yoga. It changed my life. I then took a 500 hr Teachers Training in 2004 at Yoga Zone, with Alan Finger. I began teaching yoga in 2005.

I have taken many additional teacher trainings with Jillian Pransky, Judith Laseter, Glenn Black, and more. I am an Advanced Relaxed and Renew Instructor. I believe that Restorative Yoga is one of the most profound and powerful practices. In 2011, I took Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up®️ Teacher Training and became a certified YTU Instructor. I’m a Roll Model Instructor, a part of YTU that uses therapy balls to release muscles and deepen your practice.

Q: What can someone expect when coming to your class?
A: My classes are a series of “warm up” practices before jumping into asana. I like to focus on the areas that need attention, to open and release. As I’ve gotten older, I find my body needs more warm up than it did when I was younger. I like to use not only “human movement”, but Yoga Tune Up® Therapy balls as well. My Restorative classes are calming, releasing, and rejuvenating. Stillness comes out of movement, and so there is always a transition, through breath and body, into stillness. I love teaching and practicing Restorative Yoga.

Q: What’s something about you that no one would expect?
A: I love music. My whole family is very musical. My dad was an amazing trombone player, mom played clarinet, my brother plays trumpet and violin, my sister played clarinet and guitar. Dad not only played with the Charlotte Symphony, but with many Big Bands, and Dixieland. I played flute & piccolo in my high school marching band and orchestra and played 2nd chair flute in the North Carolina Youth Orchestra.

Q:If you had to choose- favorite yoga pose?
A: I LOVE Downward Facing Dog. It’s such a beautiful transition pose. I like to move and explore while I’m in the pose.

Q: Favorite song?
A: Eek! Hard one! My love of music is so broad. It’s hard to pin down one song. I love anything I can dance to. I love songs I can sing with, especially songs, the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, Beyoncé, Deva Primal, Van Morrison, The Beatles.

PRACTICE WITH DARCY:
SUNDAYS, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM RESTORATIVE/GENTLE YOGA