Eleanor Cole Levinson
I discovered yoga in 1998 in a gym. At the time I was an athlete and fitness instructor (and kindergarten teacher) with the aches, pains, and injuries that came with overtraining and pushing my body beyond its limits (and doing the Hokey Pokey before I was warmed up!). One day I ventured into a yoga class and by my first savasana (final resting pose), I knew I was home. I was stunned to realize that building strength, flexibility, and balance doesn't have to hurt. After years of trying to pound my body into submission, I learned to respect it; to treat it with compassion, patience, and interest. In tuning in to my body, I tuned in to my breath and my mind, finding peace, ease, and profound healing.
Yoga has been my lifeline through a major career change, the birth and care of two children, and the inevitable aches and pains of aging. In May 2011 I completed Ti Harmony's "Go Deep" teacher training and since then have taught over a thousand hours of classes. I continue to practice yoga at home, and enjoy taking classes with and learning from some phenomenal teachers in this area.
In the summer of 2018 I completed both my Nia Blue Belt (second level) training with Winalee Zeeb and my Moving to Heal certification with Jule Aguirre, both at The Joy of Movement studio in Pittsboro NC. I am thrilled to be integrating Nia principles into my movement classes! Nia is a healing and mindful movement practice that pairs dance, martial arts, yoga, and other healing movement modalities with high-quality music for a group fitness experience that is safe, conditioning, and FUN for all levels. I have found it to be an absolutely incredible combination of ALL of the healing arts that fascinate me: group fitness instruction, cutting-edge physical therapy, Eastern health philosophy, and dancing for health and JOY. At the end of a Nia class I always feel better: refreshed and relaxed, peaceful and yet full of energy. I can dance two classes a day and have ZERO pain, while I feel myself building strength, endurance, lung capacity, and yes, even creativity and pleasure. It is such a joy for me and I am thrilled to share the experience with others.