Welcome to the Yoga for Arthritis monthly blog series that features our YFA members hard work, dedication, & passion. Without the ongoing efforts of these standout members, we would not be where we are today.
How has yoga impacted your life?
A friend introduced me to the practice of yoga in 1988. A young stay-at-home mother of two, the flowing movements reminded me of dancing and I felt a profound sense of coming home to my body and spirit. Needless to say, I was hooked and continued to take classes at the local YMCA as I raised my family, completed a masters degree in education and reentered the workforce.
My yoga practice became a lifeline, seeing me through cancer, a divorce, shifts in my career, several moves, and many other changes for my family. It is a deep well from which I continue to draw, finding sustenance, strength, wisdom and peace as I navigate life's often stormy waters. I am so grateful to the wonderful people yoga has brought into my life, both as colleagues and students. They have taught me much and I am honored to be able to share the practices of yoga with others.
How did you find YFA?
Finding YFA came as a perfectly-timed gift from the universe. After my initial 200-hr YTT in 2010, I knew I needed further training in adapting asanas to accommodate the needs of my mostly older students. As luck would have it, I connected with Lynn Somerstein, an Integral teacher, through LinkedIn in early 2012. She mentioned she was excited about attending Steffany's training in NYC in a few days. I immediately contacted IYI and learned they had one spot left which, of course, I took.
The training was transformational. Not only did it shape my current approach to teaching yoga, but it also set me on the path to becoming a certified yoga therapist through IYI-NY. I find I return to the YFA teachings over and over again as I continue to hone my teaching skills in service of my students.
Carrying Steffany and IYI's teachings forward, my mantra is "how may I serve you?" In every class or when planning new classes and workshops, my first thought is "what do my students need?" and "how can I best meet them where they are?" Armed with the tools and creative problems solving skills gained through in my YFA trainings, I am able to meet my students where they are. It is a great joy to watch them embody the principles of yoga for themselves and find a sense of wholeness, inner peace and contentment.
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Beverly Davis-Baird's Teaching Schedule
Gentle Yoga for Healthy Aging (Mondays 5-6PM)
Chair Yoga and Meditation (Tuesdays 3:30-4:30PM)
Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain (Thursdays 10-11AM)
Yoga for a Cause (donation-based class to benefit a local service organization; 3rd Thursday of the month at 8PM)
Strong Bones, Strong Body: Yoga for Bone Health (6-week course starting Wed 3/10/21 @ 9:30-10:45AM)
Visit Beverly's website Wisdom Tree Yoga & Healing Arts for information on other online courses and workshops for improving posture, better balance, caring for your knees, sleep and back pain
Beverly Davis-Baird, MA, E-RYT200/RYT 500, C-IAYT
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An elementary school teacher for 20+ years, Beverly brings her knowledge of individual learning styles to her teaching, providing instruction that is clear, concise and inclusive. A certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, her teaching encompasses a wide variety of yoga styles, with an emphasis on adapting each class to suit individual needs. She teaches group classes, workshops and offers individual yoga therapy session. Her background includes working with special needs populations, such as disabled teens, seniors, and young children.
Beverly adapts her classes to meet the spiritual as well as physical needs of her students. Her teaching expertise encompasses vinyasa, therapeutic, restorative, gentle, children and chair yoga as well as key teachings from Iyengar, Kripalu, Anasara, Kundalini, Integral and Viniyoga. She is certified in Yoga for Osteoporosis, Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care, Yoga for Healthy Aging, and Yoga for Arthritis™.