Lindsey Greer found yoga after years of resisting several friends’ suggestions that she should give it a try. After finally accepting that the gym was not a healthy environment for her, she turned to yoga in hopes it would be a more compassionate, intuitive way to move her body. Right away, the philosophy that was shared in yoga classes connected with her heart and figuring out how to move her body in a different way was enough of a challenge to keep her coming back. Yoga became an enjoyable way for Lindsey to connect with her body in a kinder way. Everything she learned in yoga classes — connecting with the breath, being in the present moment, noticing the ego, and more — became key components to helping her manage her anxiety during her recovery from an eating disorder and becoming a new mom.
Knowing how much yoga had positively impacted her life, Lindsey naturally wanted to share it with others. After a few years, she enrolled in 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks. She will complete her additional 300-hour YTT through YogaWorks in fall 2020 and is currently studying how to teach accessible yoga and create inviting spaces for all bodies in Yoga for All Online Teacher Training by Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy. She is immensely grateful for all of the teachers who have helped her cultivate her appreciation for Yoga asana and philosophy. Lindsey strives to guide students through a physical practice that encourages them to cultivate compassion and acceptance for their unique body and ability while inviting them to tap into their internal strength and resilience. Her classes will gently integrate the philosophies that make yoga a life-changing, life-long self-study practice. She is honored to be a part of the Haven family and hopes to be a part of growing an authentic and inclusive community!
What class/classes do you teach at Haven?
What do you love about teaching yoga?
Personally, I love how it helps me feel mentally and physically, so I love sharing that with others. I also love the way the poses and practice can be adapted to meet the needs of anybody.
What is your favorite song or type of music you listen to when teaching?
It varies so much, but I find myself really enjoying putting together eclectic playlists that people with a variety of tastes could enjoy. I love when a student comments that they enjoy the music.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the opportunity for continual growth. Teaching yoga has deepened my desire to learn because I want to serve the students to the best of my ability. My hope is that when students come to my class, they leave feeling better than they came and that they have a desire to return to their mat.
What is a quote or mantra you live by?
There are so many good ones! One that always reminds me of living in line with my values is the following: “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” -Stephen R. Covey
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde
“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” -Brene Brown
What is your haven?
My haven is being in an authentic community with others where we can accept one another’s differences and be willing to learn and grow with one another.