Dahlia Elizabeth Wist
Yosemite Naional Park, California, February 2014

Biography

I have been studying dance, movement and choreography since I was a child.  Although I attended some yoga classes in those early days, it wasn’t until I turned twenty-one that I rediscovered yoga as a source of inspiration.  That was a formative time in my life, when I was looking for spiritual discipline, and an exercise regimen.  I found an older book in my mothers’ library from the 1960’s on yoga. It stated that if I practiced yoga, my body would find its correct weight, and become properly proportioned.  I would be more alert, more alive.  For someone who wanted to feel at peace in her own skin, I thought “This just might be the right answer”.

My personal practice began in 1995.  Since then, yoga has become a life enhancing experience for me.  Through the discipline of hatha yoga, I have developed increased endurance, energy and greater sense of well-being.  As I perform the asanas (postures) with corresponding breathing techniques (pranayama), I can feel my whole body and mind “wake up”.  The result is an overall sense of being balanced and complete.

Teaching yoga quickly became a natural segue from my primary role as a student.  With a background in the movement arts, I found myself developing my own lesson plans to teach family and friends.  I have always had a strong desire to help people achieve their highest good and well-being.  Teaching yoga and meditation allows me to do this an empowering way, that serves the community and nourishes my soul.  My style is a combination of Iyengar and vinyasa traditions.

In 1998, I completed my first teaching certification with Erich Shiffmann.  Then in 2003, I was certified through Yoga Educational Seminars with Joyce Anue, which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Throughout the years, I have continued to attend classes and workshops to satisfy my own practice and refine my teaching skills.  Some of the teachers I have studied with include Julianne Rice, Kali Ray, Lisa Walford and Tias Little.

In addition to yoga, I am also interested in spiritual counseling and healing.  In 2000, I earned a Certificate of Ordination through the Universal Church of the Master, an interfaith church.  After that, I have gone on to teach classes in meditation, and provide life path coaching through tarot readings, and general counsel.  I continue to take public speaking classes, and maintain my own meditation practice to help myself and others.


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Dahlia in Eagle Pose

 

 


Garudasana
(The Eagle Pose)
Navajo National Monument,
Arizona, May 2000

Key Benefits of Hatha Yoga
  • Strenghtens and tones the muscles
  • Increases endurance and stamina
  • Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
  • Develops good posture
  • Maintains health and wellbeing
  • Reduces the degenerative effects of aging
  • Improves balance and body awareness
  • Cultivates attention and mindfulness

Hatha Yoga is a five-thousand-year-old practice designed to restore the body from illness and maintain health. It is just one of the many branches of yoga, and the most commonly practiced in the United States. Hatha means sun and moon, or effort. Yoga means yoke, union or integration. It incorporates philosophy with physical discipline. By “yoking” your attention through applied effort with pranayama (breath control), meditation and exercise (postures or asanas), you will develop a balanced and healthy body. This balanced perspective yields a connection to your inner wisdom, guiding you to do what is right for your bodies.

Hatha Yoga is a noncompetitive form of exercise. Therefore, the intention is to learn to follow your own guidance system, by listening to internal cues on how deep to stretch or which muscle group to focus on while in the postures (asanas). If there are any asanas that are uncomfortable or awkward, simply ask me for assistance. There are adaptations and modifications for all poses, so everyone can receive the benefits. To progress in yoga, yogis and yoginis (male and female practitioners respectively) will develop keen awareness and connection between their bodies, mind and breath.

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E-mail me: Dahlia Elizabeth Wist
408-623-0272

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