The mission of Anchored Vessel Yoga is simple:
Slow down and anchor the body in a supportive way to help the individual develop and understand the relationship of body, mind, heart and spirit.
Anchored Vessel is a name that captures the ideas of being in the water, being anchored with 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 actually 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 difficulty and trauma in my past could no longer be hidden or stay quiet anymore. My therapist helped me to sort through my childhood and 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, heart, 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 E-RYT200, YACEP. I am a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) as I believe that yoga offers tools to promote healing and recovery when applied appropriately to an individual's current condition.
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.
In late April and early May of 2018 I began my studies in the Viniyoga tradition with the American Viniyoga Institute. I find that the breath-centric approach to asana in this tradition to be quite powerful and I am looking forward to the breadth and depth of knowledge that will be shared about the other tools of yoga besides just asana. My next modules will include further study on pranayama (breathing practice), chanting and meditation.
I received my degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and served for 7 years as an engineer for Raytheon. This career accelerated quickly and took me through many facets of engineering; test, process and product design. Coming from this background I feel gives me a unique perspective on how I help people. Certainly, the human being is truly an engineering marvel. I feel very honored to be called to serve my community now as a yoga teacher. As a teacher, it's my goal to help students connect to joy, steadiness and ease not just in yoga class but in their entire life and being.
In addition to what is noted below, please see my Credentials and Testimonies page for further detail.
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. Star Lord is my favorite Marvel hero (or should I say Chris Pratt is one of my favorite actors). We are also big fans of Good Mythical Morning - "Let's talk about that!". We have just started up Dungeons and Dragons and my character is an Elf Wizard named Xanaphia Siannodel. We own 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. At the moment he is learning how to live peaceably with a dwarf rabbit named Hela (named after the Asgardian goddess of death in Thor: Ragnarok).
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 love both rocking out to Muse and enjoying a melancholic moment listening to Henryk Gorecki's symphonies. I am an iambic pentameter junkie. I have to say, the Shakespeare Star Wars series is actually quite good - I recommend them. 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 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 (sitting bones, sacrum and pubic bone), and the multi-dimensionality of the human person seen as body, mind, heart and soul. I also like to contemplate the four aspects of the breath: inhale, retention, exhale and suspension. 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 am interested in pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling in the future. Currently, my next training goal is to complete the Viniyoga Foundations Program (April 2018 - October 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.
While teaching yoga classes in a variety of studios and settings in the Dallas metroplex, I began to see a great need among the yoga student population to learn how to operate in a healthy way in their bodies. I saw hypermobile students potentially putting themselves at risk for future injury and stiffer students frustrated at their apparent lack of mobility.
To further my training as a yoga teacher, I 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 I began to take the same concepts into a land class by having students use the wall to inform their work. From there I began to study the use of wall ropes and the additional anchoring at the wall offered from the Iyengar tradition. I then took concepts from wall ropes and brought them back to the pool environment.
What I 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. I realized that by adding in another point of reference (an anchor point) 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.
Currently (as of May 2018), I am translating the Viniyoga method of asana to the pool environment. The Viniyoga approach is a breath-centric approach to asana, where the the inhale and exhale aspect of the breath are viewed as the action that initiates or occurs before the actual action (or direction of movement). They are also recognized as the action that sustains the whole length of the action (or movement). The goal in postures practice is understanding the relationship between the breath and the spine. In the water environment, the buoyancy aspect of the inhale is understood more quickly and the anchoring aspect of the exhale is noticeably needed to provide grounding and stability. Learn more about Viniyoga by visiting www.viniyoga.com.