Like a vessel out at sea, we all need to slow down, pause and drop anchor from time to time.
Day to day living is hectic and even sometimes our yoga is hectic too, crammed full of postures and breath work that we find mysteriously appealing and don't really know why.
The mission of Anchored Vessel Yoga is simple:
Slow down and anchor the body in a supportive way to help the yoga student develop and understand the harmonious relationship of body, mind, heart and soul.
Anchored Vessel Yoga is a new name and identity that emerged from Salted Mat Yoga (see History page to learn more).
While teaching yoga classes in a variety of studios and settings in the Dallas metroplex, Sandi Tindal of Salted Mat Yoga began to see a great need among the yoga student population to learn how to operate in a healthy way in their bodies. She saw hypermobile students potentially putting themselves at risk for future injury and stiffer students frustrated at their apparent lack of mobility.
To further her training as a yoga teacher, she sought out training from Camella Nair in the art and science of aqua yoga in the Kriya Yoga tradition. From that training and use of the pool wall for postures practice she began to take the same concepts into a land class by having students use the wall to inform their work. From there she began to study the use of wall ropes and the anchoring at the wall from the Iyengar tradition. She then took concepts from wall ropes and brought them back to the pool environment.
What she began to realize is that for many people, the only point of reference they are accustomed to in yoga and in day to day living is the ground plane and full gravity. She realized that by adding in another point of reference (anchoring at the wall) and another medium to work the body in (water), students could awaken, enliven and cultivate a greater appreciation of how to work with their bodies in an integrated and wholesome way.
Anchored Vessel is a name that captures the ideas of being in the water, being anchored with more stability and so much more. You are invited to understand a bit more about how the logo symbolizes this and some other important ideas by scrolling down and checking out "What's in the Anchored Vessel Yoga Logo?".
Please also view our sister website www.dallasaquayoga.com to learn more about who we are and why we are passionate about practice in the water.
I'm happy to share with you my story, my approach to teaching and my personal journey in becoming a yoga teacher.
I came to yoga during a very difficult time in my life. I suffered a severe mental breakdown in 2008 during my career as an electrical engineer. I had reached a point in my life where the pains of my past could no longer be hidden or stay quiet anymore. My therapist recommended yoga as part of my healing. My first several months with yoga were spent simply learning how to breathe again. As I began to explore the postures I was able to manage and overcome depression and anxiety. I came to understand the importance of the health of the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
I find that yoga integrates well with my personal faith and keeps me grounded. I received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through North Texas Yoga and I am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200. I am a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) as I believe that yoga offers tools to promote healing and recovery.
In 2015 I sought out Camella Nair for instruction in aqua yoga. I do love being in and around water; I love how the water environment lulls me into a stillness and comfort where I can simply be and listen to the Divine. Water is truly a blessing. In February 2017 I received Wall Ropes Training Level 1. I also love the additional support and stability provided through anchoring at a wall.
I received my degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and served for 7 years as an engineer for Raytheon. Interestingly, I find that this background and way of looking at the world assists me in how I help people in their bodies. The human body is truly an engineering marvel. I feel very honored to be called to serve my community now as a yoga teacher. As I teacher, it's my goal to help students find a sense of joy, steadiness and ease not just in yoga class but in their entire life and being.
200 Hour YTT Certification - North Texas Yoga
E-RYT200 - Yoga Alliance (over 1000 hours teaching)
YACEP - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
Aqua Kriya Yoga Certification Level 1 - www.aquakriyayoga.com
Tree Yoga Certification - www.treeyoga.org
IAYT Member - Training in Yoga Therapy at SYTAR 2014
Yoga Wall Ropes Level 1 Certification - www.yogaonthewall.com
Aqua Kriya Yoga
Certification Level 2
Viniyoga Foundations Program - First Intensive April/May 2018
When I'm not teaching yoga, I'm taking care of my husband and two kids. They keep me quite busy and can be a little annoying at times but I have to say we have a blast being a family. We're nerdy, geeky and like to watch movies from the Marvel comic world. We are also big fans of Good Mythical Morning. We have a dog who despite looking like a cross between black lab and greyhound is really a wild combination of Australian Cattle Dog, Great Pyrenees and Lab. Someday, someday he will stop getting over-excited when he sees another fellow canine. When I'm able to sneak in a moment for myself, I'm working out a tune on the guitar, violin or piano. I am honestly a mess and can't figure out which instrument to focus on. I am an iambic pentameter junkie. I have to say, the Shakespeare Star Wars series is actually quite good. I hope that Shakespeare Dallas performs these live some day.
If you're out at a park don't be surprised if you see me sitting up on a limb in a tree. Tree climbing is one of those fun, rare and not very practical skills I acquired. However, I'm told this may come in handy during a zombie apocalypse.
Thoughts about the logo from the founder Sandi Tindal
I have taken a very strong liking to symbols as of late.
I created this particular one for Anchored Vessel Yoga's logo to convey some of the key concepts I believe Anchored Vessel Yoga to embody.
The anchor is in the center of a circular pattern of four triskeles, with the larger circle representing a vessel. Circles represent wholeness and completeness. The number four references many ideas: the four corners of the body that support the spine (shoulders and hips), the healthy balance of the diamond shape base for anchoring the spine to lift (sitz bones, sacrum and pubic bone), and the multi-dimensionality of the human person seen as body, mind, heart and soul. The triskele itself is a complicated symbol from the Celtic tradition - it has been understood to symbolize many concepts such as water, continuous moving forward and the idea of the balance of active and passive energy. The triskele also conveys the idea that moving forward with faith relies on both the quest and the rest.
Just like a vessel at sea, we all need to slow down, pause and drop anchor from time to time.
I am passionate about the health of the whole person and I discovered through my teaching how much I enjoy attuning to different kinds of people. I am curious about people and what makes them tick. The process of having a personal direct encounter with another person, being present with them and discovering a place of resonance with them as they work towards a meaningful goal is an utter delight to me. I plan to pursue a Master's Degree in Counseling in the future. Currently, my next training goal is to complete the Viniyoga Foundations Program (April 2018 - November 2019).
For my studies in the area of body mechanics, anatomy and how yoga postures can be used for recovery from physical dysfunctional conditions I invest in material released by the following:
American Viniyoga Institute (Gary Kraftsow), Dr. Loren Fishman, Dr. Timothy McCall, Dr. Ray Long, Doug Keller, Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Thomas W. Meyers, Mukunda Stiles, Michaelle Edwards
For my studies related to the mind, emotions, behavior and how yoga can be used to help overcome unhealthy modes in these areas I invest in material released by the following:
American Viniyoga Institute (Gary Kraftsow), Dr. Dan Siegal, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dr. Timothy R. Jennings, Dr. Curt Thompson, Anodea Judith, John Kabat-Zinn.
I have selected the Viniyoga lineage to further my training as a yoga teacher. My aspiration is to move more towards the path of yoga therapy with certification offered through the American Viniyoga Institute. In yoga therapy, yoga techniques and practices are adapted to help the individual manage their particular health condition. You can learn more about the Viniyoga tradition here.