How I discovered Yoga…

Hello! My name is Molly Armour and I am here to offer you an experience of Yoga. I have been blessed to wander and explore many approaches to that which we call “Yoga.”  In 2005, I completed a 200-hour teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.   This was beneficial but still left me wandering and wondering for a deeper understanding of my Self.  I explored Buddhist meditation practices to help me understand the nature of the mind.  My life has been deeply influenced by my experiences at Vipassana meditation retreats, as well as the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Mahayana; through the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  In 2008, my travels in India exposed me to both teachers of Yoga and Buddhism.  These experiences opened me, but still left me wanting to connect with a lineage that would help me help others.

My heart and mind were opened greatly through my wanderings, but it was not until I discovered the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar through the teachings of Jody Kurilla and Chase Bossart at the Yoga Shala of Portland, Oregon; that I felt myself really undergoing positive transformation.

Finally, I had found an approach to Yoga that was deeply nourishing, functional, and healing.  Yoga that met me exactly where I was, and woke me up to the sheer power of Yoga as a holistic system.   In July of 2013, I received my 500-hour certificate through the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco, Ca with Kate Holcombe and Chase Bossart.  I continue to study weekly with my mentor Kate Holcombe, founder and director of the Healing Yoga foundation, and am working on my Yoga Therapist certificate through the YATNA: Yoga as therapy North America program with my teachers: Chase Bossart, Amy Wheeler, and Dolphi Wertenbaker.

This is Yoga for your life. Yoga for personal transformation. I am a yoga practitioner and educator, but above all I am a purveyor of experience.  An experience of your Self, the present moment, and the empowerment when the two meet. 

I take an individualized approach to yoga instruction in both group and private settings.  I use a variety of tools that address the body, breath, and mind in-order-to bring harmony to the system.  Once again, I have been trained to address individual needs, even in a group setting.  Therefore my classes will always be intimate, and nurturing.

I am devoted to each person who walks into my class and believe Yoga is modified for the individual and not the other way around.

 So What is Yoga, really?  Yoga is a science of the Self that originated in India.  It is a truly holistic science designed to address the needs of the individual at every level — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  The deeper my studies have taken me, the more I realize the universality of this system.  It is a science of the Self that is for every Body.

And ultimately…it is about feeling better and a greater sense of freedom in the body and living in the world.

My style lends itself well to anyone whom can breath.  And if you are having a hard time breathing, I have tools to help you reconnect and develop your breath.   In my experience, the breath is the most healing tool we have, and so we should focus on consciously breathing at least once a day.  Really, I am curious about your personal narrative, and how you want to live into your future through a new relationship to the present moment.

Yoga can benefit all humans, but all humans are different, so yoga provides a variety of tools to meet each person’s needs. 

Here are some of the yogic tools I have found most beneficial in my own experience and when working with a variety of people:

  • āsana: physical postures done both dynamically and statically
  • prāṇāyāma: conscious breathing techniques
  • meditative practices
  • guided self-inquiry
  • visualization
  • Chanting:  from very simple sounds, to simple chanting  we can bring harmony to body, breath, and mind through consciously created sound
  • study of philosophical text, specifically Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras

Some of the many documented benefits of yoga include, but are not limited to:

  • improves current health and well-being
  • prevents illness and injury
  • increases flexibility and strength
  • reduces pain and discomfort related to a wide range of various chronic ailments or conditions
  • helps overcome physical or emotional trauma
  • assists in recovery from illness, injury, addiction, and other health concerns
  • alleviates stress and stress-related problems
  • can stabilize mental and emotional challenges
  • help ease and cope with depression and anxiety
  • helps in managing and coping with life-threatening illness
  • can support women through many life changes, including: PMS, pregnancy, and menopause
  • enhances quality of life and improvement of relationships
  • increases attention and focus
  • increases energy and vitality
  • improves personal and professional productivity
  • guides in the process of self discovery and personal transformation
  • provides an avenue for spiritual growth

Above all, my goal when working with students is to: deepen their connection to their breath, them Selves, and to feel better.

I look forward to meeting you!

With gratitude,

Molly Armour


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