For those of you considering offering beginner yoga classes, and have not made that commitment yet, our conversation with Lisa Willcock will surely stir your interest about what a yoga teacher might be like and what motivates them to teach.
I had the pleasure of lunching with a lovely woman on International Women’s Day. Lisa Willcock is a wife and mother foremost, and she also works as a nurse in the Integrated Medicine department of a local hospital. Through her many years and experiences of surgical and I.C.U. nursing in hospitals, she has come to appreciate the importance of the connection of the mind and body in regard to health and wellness. It is this appreciation that drew her to explore a yoga class at her gym. Initially, like many people, she thought yoga was mostly about stretching and is “what you would do after a real workout”. However, as her practice continued, she discovered just how thoroughly yoga can work the body and serve to link it to and center the mind as well. Pleased and intrigued with the benefits of yoga, Lisa eventually completed a yoga teacher training program. Today, though she has sufficient work to do in nursing as well as mothering, she also teaches a weekly yoga class for beginners.
“ I like it more than I ever imagined”, Lisa remarked, in describing the joy of sharing yoga with first-timers. She went on to describe that people who assumed they were not flexible enough, or perhaps too out-of-shape to attempt Yoga are now learning that Yoga is adaptable to every body type and age group, and can leave you feeling energized as well as exercised. Lisa has also held a
few private classes at a friend’s house and an after-school class for middle school girls, which I personally appreciate. Though at first, a teenager may disregard Yoga as an older person’s activity, actually, adolescence is a great time in life to become in-tune with your body and learn to direct your energy in productive ways, while also adopting techniques for bringing peace and calm to your mind.
Lisa is a hard-working and busy woman, but she makes time in her schedule to practice yoga, preferentially, over other types of exercise, and to introduce and guide others into a life- giving yoga practice. What a breath of fresh air, to meet a medical professional who recognizes the interconnectedness of our body, mind, and spirit, and in who in light of that is dedicated to serving others.
If you would like to start offering the gift of yoga to others, and not sure where to start, consider posting your offerings on our website, www.thebiggreengym.com. Choose the time and location that are most convenient for you. Our website helps connect you with others in your community who are looking for someone just like you!