Seattle Yoga News – Monthly Led Practice Class with Theresa Elliott

Theresa Elliott is one of those incredible Senior Yoga Teachers on the same par (if not above) some of the teachers you see at all those Yoga Conferences, and I count myself as a lucky duck for having her in Seattle to call my teacher.

[Warning: bragging about my teacher begins] She is the model for 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers by Judith Lasater, which received tons of praises, and one reviewer even went as far as saying that Judith “has written the book she will be remembered for if and when she ever retires from her accomplished teaching career.” And if you have a really keen eye, you might recognize her on the cover of Judith Lasater’s acclaimed book Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana.

Theresa has chosen to lay low and stay local (eat local, teach local). She once told me that this allows her to have established and long term relationships with her students, and it is a joy for her to see how people grow.

She is trained in the Iyengar tradition, but also works very closely with Physical Therapists over the years to adjust the poses to the individual, rather than follow a strict prescription.

You too, can now study with this awesome teacher! Theresa is starting a Monthly Led Practice Class, where you can “follow Theresa in her asana practice as she creates sequences from her 20 years of practice in asana and the movement arts”.  [Okay, I’m done bragging now, for now :)]

From the Taj Yoga web site:

Monthly Led Practice Class
Selected Friday Mornings: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11
10:05 am -11:30 am’ish
$15 Drop-in, class card available
Prerequisite: 3 years study with Theresa or by consent. Must be proficient in Sirsasana and Sarvangasana (or alternatives) and have a sense of humor.

This intermediate+ class is in the “follow the leader” format (no adjustments or visual assessments from Theresa) and may include, but not limited to:

  • Standard asana work
  • Pranayama/meditation
  • Research and development
  • Demanding/highly focused repetition or pattern work
  • Music
  • Unusual “postures” and vinyasa
  • Jokes

Alternatives will be offered when needed.

I’ll be there, and hope I’ll see you too!