Valerie is an accomplished yoga instructor with wide teaching experience in California and Michigan. She completed a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training with Jonny Kest and earned her RYT in 2002. Since moving to San Diego in 2004, she earned a second 200-hour Hatha teacher training certificate with Geri Portnoy.
Valerie’s teaching style ranges from gentle yoga through moderate flow. She has a keen eye for alignment that helps students understand and appreciate the fullest experience of each pose while keeping their bodies safe and injury-free. She encourages her students to explore and express their individual yoga practice through pose and breath, as well as incorporating their own life’s wisdom and intuition into every movement.
Each class will be a creative adventure of body and mind as we explore our own personal inspiration through asana and breath. Valerie is inspired by the differences that make people and their yoga practices unique. She teaches how the quiet minutes at the beginning and end of class are as important as the strengthening and lengthening poses in between. Valerie encourages students to practice in harmony with their current ability. Often, this challenges students to address their motivation in a new way. As we journey through these new ways, we can literally re-wire our brains, creating positive change. Through the practice of poses, balanced nervous systems and stronger bodies support us through a fulfilling and personally rewarding mind/body experience.
In her free time Valerie studies the benefits of yoga as therapy, and blends that knowledge into her daily teachings.
For more information, visit Valerie’s webpage at valyogasandiego.com.