Theresa Murphy, E-RYT-500
Endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher and senior Prajna Yoga Teacher
My deepest intention in teaching yoga is to expand minds, open hearts, and to be a catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life. I cross-pollinate from many traditions, weaving together various combinations of skillful intentional sequencing, sustained holds in poses, rigorous vinyasa, therapeutics, yin yoga, breathwork, individualized alignment, anatomy study, wisdom teachings, meditation, chanting, and open exploration of physical and mental awareness. I am a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT-500. In addition to completing my 500 hour teacher training with Tias Little and the Prajna school, I recently completed the Insight Yoga Institute's 500 hour training with Sarah Powers, reflecting my commitment to lifelong learning. Currently I wholeheartedly devote myself to ongoing studies with Tias Little, Sarah Powers, Patricia Walden, Amy Matthews, Patty Townsend, Scott Blossom, and Rolf Gates. I am honored to have been chosen by Tias Little to be one of his Senior Prajna Yoga instructors.
I began practicing yoga in 1989, and have been teaching since 1998. My early years of practice and teaching were devoted to vigorous vinyasa and hot yoga practice. During this time I met Rolf Gates and began assisting him at his vinyasa workshops. In 2001 I met Tias Little, and have been his dedicated student ever since. In 2002, I became director of One Tree Yoga in Omaha, where I led annual yoga teacher training programs beginning in 2004. I was the first student to receive Tias' 500 hour Prajna Yoga certification, and have assisted him at his workshops and teacher trainings since 2005. Over the years I have attended thousands of hours of training with an eclectic range of internationally renowned teachers (too many to mention them all) including Eric Schiffman, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Adhil Pachivala, Richard Freeman, David Life, Anna Forrest, Sharon Gannon, Leslie Kaminoff, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Dharma Mitra, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, and a select sampling of senior Iyengar teachers. I completed the Insight Yoga Institute's rigorous 500 hour training in 2013. This eclectic program includes trainings in Taoist Yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Trans-personal Psychology, Buddhist philosophy and meditation. It was a life changing, heart opening and utterly transformative experience.
In my teaching as well as in my studies and practice of yoga and meditation, I embrace the philosophy of an "All Encompassing Practice". I believe the narrow vision of fundamentalism only serves to strengthen the illusion of separation. All practices which support self reflection are worthy of respect, and no single method is the only way for everyone.