Telluride Yoga Festival: Tymi Howard
Instead of opiods, try reaching for a mat.
It is a well known (and scientifically proven) fact that yoga lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, conditions linked to chronic illness. Further it is believed (and borne out by recent research at Mount Sinai, New York) that a regular yoga practice may affect the way our bodies react to genetic mutations that underly autoimmune disorders. And just three to five minutes of controlled breathing (or pranayama), might well serve as an antidote to chronic pain such as backaches and headaches.
In 1993, as a professional ballet dancer with several nagging injuries, Tymi Howard found her way into an Ashtanga class (later Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara and so on). Pain ultimately led to gain in the form of a new passion.
But Tymi herself was not (and is not) the only winner in what turns out to be a dramatic story with some interesting plots twists.
Put simply, Tymi’s path to personal transformation was not linear – nor is her resume conventional. En route to her ultimate profession as an 500 E-RYT international yoga teacher, certified holistic health coach, and owner of the Guruv Yoga Studios, there were Hollywood gigs and summer weekends at the Playboy Mansion.
Ultimately Tymi put all that behind her, including a promising career in dance, and today has inspired hundreds of students with her dynamic, playful style of teaching and sequencing, often to music. She now teaches all over the country, including at prestigious conferences such as Yoga Journal, Wanderlust, Bali Spirit Fest, Bhakti/Shakti Fest, Sedona Yoga Festival, India Yoga Festival, Namaste AZ Fest, and soon, the Telluride Yoga Festival.
“I am dedicated to inspiring people to discover their life’s purpose through the art of yoga,” said Tymi.
At the Telluride Yoga Festival, Tymi’s Friday, July 22, class at 8 a.m.,“Rock the Bhakti,” promises a Bhakti-inspired vinyasa flow.
A two-hour, full-body yin yoga experience follows that afternoon at 3 p.m.. Yin Yoga targets connective tissues, ligaments, bones, and joints of the body, not normally deeply addressed in flow classes, making yin yoga a perfect compliment to the dynamic and muscular (yang) approaches to asana.
On Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tymi shifts her focus to hips and hamstrings in “Holy Hanuman!” That class will be accompanied by Kiyoshi & Mental Physix, a DJ/producer duo dedicated to exploring the fusion of music and vinyasa.
Tymi closes out the weekend on Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with “Gravity with Grace: Inversions & Deep Core,” designed to help build strength and awareness to safely and skillfully practice crow (and transitions), headstands, handstands, forearm balances, and fun variations.
With other top tier presenters such as Gina Caputo, Allison English, Dr. Alanna Kaivalya Tias Little, Jeanie Manchester, Eric Paskel, Karl Straub and Mas Vidal, on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Tymi will share enlightening, light-hearted stories of what it means to be on the yogic path.
Tymi Howard received her BA in Theatre and Dance from Rollins College and Masters Degree from NYU/ Circle in the Square, plus too many yoga teacher trainings to list. In the yoga community, she is known as a “teacher of teachers,” a skillful, graceful practitioner and a warm and compassionate human being.
To learn more about Tymi, listen to her podcast.
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