Yoga with Betsy
Aloha friends. I am very excited and very happy that my husband and I finally made the move. We are living with our fur babies in the beautiful harbor area of Ventura. It is a dream come true. I am painting again and currently teaching gentle and chair yoga on Zoom.
With so much love, Betsy Laban
For those who are new to Yoga with Betsy, you will find this page has a lot of information regarding how I was taught and how I teach.
You will often hear me say "Yoga is Life." That isn't as deep or complicated as some may try to make it. Yoga is a lifestyle. It isn't just yoga poses and body work. It isn't just meditation. It isn't all woo woo. It is a template for you to use as much or as little as you need to find your Dharma, (your true path.)
Personally I love it all. I love what yoga has taught me about me, about the ups and downs of life, of trying to stay true to myself. I love yoga because I have found that the more I am at peace with myself, the more I am at peace with the world. Oh don't get me wrong. There are plenty of things that make absolutely no sense to me. And yes, I do get angry and frustrated with the world. I also use the tools yoga has given me to help make things easier on myself and in turn I hope it makes things easier on others
Yoga can be done by any one, any size, any shape, any age. Yep, no more excuses! If you have ever thought of bringing yoga into your life, then do something for you. What better time to start than now? Let me take you on that journey. Every pose can be modified to fit your body and your level of fitness. If you are new to yoga, or haven't practiced in a while, then my gentle approach is just right for you. What are you waiting for, let's do this together.
I have come a long way since my first yoga class and I have learned that my body and my teaching methods have both changed since that first class as well.
I was trained in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga by my Guru Rupaji. After 2 years at her side I was given the gift of my teaching certification through the Sanji Yoga Center in Bangalore. Traditional yoga practices are beautiful and speak to me deeply. A combination of Hatha/physical yoga as well as exploration of mudras, mantras, meditation. Basically making yoga a way of life and not just a physical practice. I am constantly reaching for new information that will help be bring healing to more people, in more ways. Again, making this practice, both on and off the mat, a joyful and rejuvenating experience for each individual that comes to me for help. It is a gift I was given and that I continue to allow to grow, so that what I can bring this wonderful experience to each person to use how it fits their lifestyle, their bodies and their spiritual path.
Bringing healing through yoga, guided meditation, mantras, mudras, pranayama, Reiki/Energy/Chara healing …this, this is my path, my Dharma, and I love every moment of it. I love every opportunity to help people heal and grow and become the best version of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I thoroughly enjoy teaching classes, private sessions and taking my yoga on the road.
Yoga-Certified and registered yoga instructor (ERYT 500) with specialties in helping those with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back and joint issues. I guide classes on the mat, in a chair and in water. I hold the highest level of yoga certification available as well as specialty certifications including Prime of Life Yoga (POLY through LMU/Samata International), Yoga for Back Care (Yoga Vista Academy) as well as training in Chair Yoga, Water Yoga, yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain including Fibromyalgia, and self healing through breath, mudras and mantras.
Ayurveda- Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. I take pleasure and pride in being able to help bring essential oils to those who are open to it, in a very traditional way using pure, organic oils for product to help the body in so many ways.
Meditation-Certified Yoga Nidra Meditation Guide through the California College of Ayurveda as well as other healing forms of guided meditation and visualization self healing.
Energy Healer– I am a certified Reiki Master and Energy Worker. I enjoy bringing a combination of several energy work modalities to my clients who are in need of cleansing, energy renewal and Chakra balancing.
Teacher's Teacher - I am qualified to bring my teaching to other certified yoga instructors giving continuing education unit workshops that are recognized by Yoga Alliance
This beautiful path I have decided to travel has given me the opportunity to teach in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Locally I have been able to teach from the mountains to the desert, to the oceans. From San Diego to Eugene, from California to South Dakota. I have also been able to teach in some incredible locations out of my immediate area. Hawaii, (my home in my heart), Bahamas, Little Cayman, Fiji, Honduras, Cozumel and....my favorite and most challenging...on a live aboard traveling around the Galapagos Islands.
It is not only my Dharma to bring healing to others, but it is my joy…my passion. I believe with all my heart that we are all made up of energy. Sometimes energy gets stuck or looses its connection. That is when we need to do whatever we can to help stop the spread of dis-ease and look within to find our way. Heal the self…heal the world.
Co-Owner of Gita Yoga Learning Center
ERYT500 Hour Teacher Training Certificate (Registered with Yoga Alliance)
YACEP - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
YAF/POLY500 - Yoga after Fifty/Prime of Life Yoga 500
Certified Yoga Nidra/Meditation Guide
Certified Ayurveda Aromatherapy
Certified Reiki Master/Energy/Chakra Healer
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