Geri was first introduced to Yoga in 2008 while taking a yoga class led by Gabrielle Semel, a former TT graduate from The YogaScape. She had taken some classes in the past, but this was the first time a yoga instructor showed her proper alignment/modification, and most importantly, breathwork, something Geri needed to incorporate into her stressful life at the time. Wanting to learn more, she found her way over to The YogaScape in the fall of 2008 and took her first class with Amy Pearce-Hayden, E-RYT, and owner/director of the studio. “I vividly remember taking that class…it was the whole package in that it completed my need for a physical practice, but in addition, I received a spiritual practice as well.” Inspired by this experience, she began to take more and more classes both at The YogaScape and with Gabrielle. In a short period of time, she had decided to pursue the Teacher Training Program in January, 2009. “The Teacher Training program was challenging… physically, spiritually and emotionally. It awakened me. I had to really look a little deeper into who I was and who I’d become based on my past experiences. My consistent theme throughout Teacher Training was finding a way to let go and surrender, acknowledging that even the bad experiences were merely experiences. And because of one of my life experiences, I stumbled upon Gabrielle, who led me to Amy, who deepened my Yoga experience, which allowed me to find a spiritual path of my own.” In the summer of 2009, with support and encouragement from her guru, Amy, Geri completed a 200-hour RajaHatha Yoga Teacher Training program and became a certified RajaHatha Yoga Teacher. She now teaches at various community settings in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties and hopes to inspire others, though it might be just one person, on the benefits of Yoga for the mind, body and spirit.
Geri Healy, RYT 200