Sheila Tioaquen Byrd, RYT200
Sheila specializes in the classical Indian form of "asana" known as the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Sequence. This particular style is a defined and set sequence consisting of multiple sun salutations and a series of postures that are each held for five breaths. For those looking to begin a self-guided yoga practice the Ashtanga Vinyasa Sequence is a great way to build a strong foundation. It is also a definitive way to assess growth and strengthen one’s current practice.
With focus on breath awareness, stilling of the mind and sensations fluctuating in the body, yoga is a great supplement to other forms of physical practice. Yoga has the ability to increase range of motion, flexibility and strength in a gentle and mindful approach. At first yoga can be mentally challenging but with time and dedication and as the body adjusts to the practice, the mind eventually begins to calm.
For Sheila, Yoga is more than physical work. Yoga is unity of the mind, body and spirit. It is rooted in faith of the divine but not confined to the parameters of a single religion. Yoga expresses the practice of mindfulness, awareness, compassion and gratitude both internally and externally. Yoga is the platform for the practitioner to harness inner strength, confront resistance, release tension and breath into peace of mind. Yoga is also a wonderful place to let loose, play and explore the bright side of movement.
Sheila is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, the world’s foremost association representing the yoga community. She received her yoga teacher training at Yog Nisarga in Thailand. During this month-long immersion in the teachings of the yogic path, she reaffirmed her sense of physical and spiritual practice having a deeply interwoven connection. She is also a registered Holistic Health Coach (HHC) with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her HHC training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in South Korea. As a Holistic Health Coach, Sheila focuses on bio-individuality, embraces varying lifestyles and takes great consideration of the ever-changing fluctuations we are met with on a daily basis.
Born in Hawaii and raised in Savannah, GA, Sheila has lived in Hopkinsville, KY, for eight years where her husband retired from the military in 2014. She is proud to call Hopkinsville home and be a part of the Hopkinsville community.