Kick Asana Yoga Instructor #2: Becky

This week I’m so excited to introduce you guys to my friend Becky. She is a little different from the other teachers in my series because she is the only one that I knew prior to her teacher training. Listening to her describe her experiences only made me more excited to one day get there myself.

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Welcome to my blog, Becky Perlmutter!

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Salt: How long have you been practicing yoga and how did you get started?

Becky: I started practicing yoga in 2010 after physical therapy for a running injury. My PT told me that she thought yoga would really help my running. After a while I realized that yoga helped so much more than just running.

(Oh yes I forgot to mention…Becky is also a runner which is just another of the many awesome things about her!)

Salt: What types of yoga do you teach?

Becky: I teach vinyasa and astanga yoga.

Salt: What do you enjoy most about these particular styles? 

Becky: I love astanga because since it is the same sequence of poses so it becomes a really wonderful moving meditation. And I love the spontaneity of vinyasa.

Salt: What do you love most about teaching?

Becky: I love being able to share my practice with other people, and helping them find some benefit to their own practice. I love that everyone can find benefits in their own practice even if, or especially when what a student finds wonderful about yoga is very different from what I find wonderful.

Salt: What has yoga done for you as a person?

Becky: Yoga has helped me find balance in my life; it is a really great counterbalance to my other job which is very scientific. I think teaching yoga has helped me be a lot more understanding of other people’s struggles. I am very flexible, so learning how to teach stretching to some of my more inflexible students has really helped me become a more versatile and understanding person. At least I hope so!

Salt: In your opinion, what are the greatest health benefits of a regular yoga practice?

Becky: Physically, I am stronger and more stable, with stronger supporting muscles in the hips especially, so I am a better, less injured runner. Emotionally I am also stronger and more stable, more able to find grounding and breathing when the going gets tough.

Salt: Do you have any words of advice for someone who may have been contemplating going to a class?

Becky: Stick with it! not every teacher or every class is right for every student, so if the first try isn’t a good fit, try again. It’s worth the effort!

I personally have been talking about trying astanga for about 5 years now and haven’t yet, but I’m hopeful to be able to try out one of Becky’s classes soon. She’s laid back, kind, and an all-around great person; I have no doubt I would love it!

Have you ever taken a vinyasa or astanga class? What did you think? 

Soooo I’m (sadly) back from our amazing Disney vacation (I’m sure the people who follow my Instagram are probably breathing a sigh of relief, but sorrynotsorry my kid and those princesses are so cute together. The Color Run race entry giveaway is winding down and today is the last day to enter! So if you haven’t done that yet, go here. The winner will be picked tonight and announced tomorrow!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

xo,

Salt

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17 thoughts on “Kick Asana Yoga Instructor #2: Becky

    • runsaltrun says:

      I’ve been trying to get back to class a few times a week now because it’s been so helpful to my hamstring (especially the hot classes). I’m a huge vinyasa fan myself too!

  1. charissarunning says:

    Vinyasa is really the only style I’ve done but I love it! I feel stronger when I do yoga too 🙂
    Also, I hope you had a great vacation! I loved seeing all of Betty’s pictures with the princesses!

  2. klregan says:

    I really like your interviews! It’s nice to hear what your teachers have to say about yoga and running. Ashtanga yoga is a pretty fun practice and I’ve taken it a few times. I usually practice vinyasa, though (it’s also the type of yoga that I teach).

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thanks! It has been so much fun getting to know what the big influences have been in my favorite instructors’ practices. I wish I could take one of your classes! I bet you’re a fun teacher. 🙂

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    Becky sounds fantastic and like someone who I would love to take a class from. I agree with her about the difference between Vinyasa and Astanga–I feel the sam eway with regards to Bikram and then the other more flowing practices. I can definitely agree that yoga has helped my running!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I agree with you too. I love Bikram and vinyasa for completely different reasons although I find the less flowy classes tend to help me more when I am nursing some kind of injury. And yes yoga + running go hand in hand!

  4. FLRunnerBoy says:

    I hope you and the fam had an awesome sauce filled vacation while you were here Salt and I hope you were able to take advantage of the awesome running weather 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    I like these yoga posts, although every time I’ve ever tried yoga I’ve hated it. But I really want to like it, so I’ll keep trying. I don’t know if you’re planning this or have done it or if I should just google “types of yoga”, but if the mood strikes you, I’d love a post about all the different kinds of yoga. 🙂

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