High Five and Happy Dance for our most recent RYS300 Graduates!
After becoming Certified at the 200-hour level and offering a broad array of classes, courses, specialty programs, and receiving further certifications in various health and wellness specialties, these women stepped up their Yoga-life skills by diving into an additional 300 hours of in-depth study.
Susan Reddig, Ali Ramirez, Lisa Cone-Smith, Shari Smith-Lucas, and Beth Rink are now RYT500 Yoga Educators (pictured above left to right).
Over the course of 2 plus years, they have completed additional studies in functional Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga for Healthy Aging, Ayurveda Yoga and Lifestyle, Psychology of Yoga, Yoga of Emotions (rasa), Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Blissful Business Skills. Plus, some of their own independent studies.
Offering their gifts to the community, we recommend you find these women and take advantage of their quality instruction and wellness education opportunities. It is with deep pride and joy that I honor their accomplishments and skill-sets. Read on for a glimpse into their varied backgrounds as a prime example of integrating the gifts of Yoga and Ayurveda both personally and professionally - a perfect reflection of how this course of study complements all areas of our life.
Read on to be inspired through their stories.
Susan Reddig resides in Billings focusing on midlife primers for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s by teaching Gentle Strength, Restorative Yoga and sharing the values of Superfoods and a plant-based diet. She also offers her services by incorporating the practices of yoga in Addiction Recovery and the Addiction Treatment Facility. Susan teaches students how to come home to their body and connect wholeheartedly with a solid circle of support consisting of the Earth, Family, and Friends.
Ali Ramirez is a 21-year military veteran and Bozeman native who now utilizes a holistic approach in her Physical Therapy practice. It was the YogaMotion 200-hour training that sparked her interest in obtaining her Doctorate of Physical Therapy plus a 600-hour Pilates certification. Whether she is volunteering and teaching yoga to various military veteran groups, or training elite athletes and patients at APRS, Ali begins each session assessing the breath and incorporating mindfulness into every movement. Turning the tables, she has developed a 20-hour advanced training course which she now offers as a faculty member of YogaMotion Wellness Academy’s RYS300 curriculum. You can join her in-depth course March 23 – 25 for one or all four segments in Science of Movement. Wellness educators, yoga teachers, and seasoned students alike will gain effective skills for pain management and injury prevention.
Lisa Cone-Smith lives in Kalispell working passionately as social worker, grief counselor, specializing in Hospice Home Healthcare. She recently developed a 6-week course in Yoga for Grief, pulling together a supportive circle for those moving through the loss of a loved one. Her yoga path began back in 2002 when she completed her YogaMotion RYS200 Training through an immersive retreat on Flathead Lake. Returning for more education, it has been a pleasure having Lisa in our 300-hour program over the past two years.
Shari Smith-Lucas can be found teaching at the Senior Center in Belgrade and has also volunteered for several months at Bozeman’s Detention Center following her 200-hour training. Continuing her studies in our RYS300 program over the past two years, Shari has deepened her relationship and application of Yoga and Ayurveda into all that she does on a daily basis. Her studies keep her inspired both personally and professionally. There is really no end to studying, learning, and growing.
Beth Rink can be found at Bend Beyond Yoga studio where she teaches a gentle form of yoga. She balances that with her full-time work and travel as a professor at Montana State University in the Department of Health and Human Development. She conducts sexual and reproductive health research with indigenous populations in Montana and Greenland. Beth believes in focusing on your inner stillness and strength, learning to work with breath, and practicing together as a group to build a collective energy. Completing 500 hours of study through the YogaMotion Academy, she now plans to continue into another 500 hours for Yoga Therapy training.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!
If YOU find yourself inspired and ready to step into the next level of your own evolution, contact us to discover how to register for our Life Enrichment and Teacher Trainings. Whether you are a student with a desire to deepen your relationship with Yoga and Ayurveda or you a seasoned teacher ready to expand your skills in new directions, let us show you how we can support you on your next steps.
Nancy and YMWA Team