Tyke Riggs

chakra studies

I found yoga at a time when the climate of my life was burdened with crippling anxiety and chronic depression. Once I discovered the enriching power in the yogic lifestyle, I completely immersed myself in the studies and practices.  I began with the tutelage of James Tennant and Jim Bennitt at the Tejas studio in Chicago graduating from their program and continued to complete my 500 YTTC program at Kranti yoga shala in Goa, India.

The Tejas Yoga Teacher Training & Mentorship program is a one-year immersion designed to establish a comprehensive foundation in yoga, ayurveda, and tantra.  The components and required hours included – Technique: 140 hours: Analytical training, how to teach and practice the techniques and guided practice of Asana, Pranayama, Kriyas, Chanting, Mantra and Samyama (Meditation); Teaching Methodology: 35 hours. Learning and applying principles and skills as they relate to apprenticeship, learning and applying teaching skills, principles of demonstrating and correcting, teaching styles and sequencing and class observation; Anatomy/Physiology: 28 hours. Study and application in relation to the practice of yoga on the human anatomy, bodily systems and functions, contraindications and energetic anatomy (chakras and nadis); Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle/Ethics: 20 hours. Study, discuss, apply, experience and contemplate; Practicum: 15 hours. Practice teaching, receiving feedback, observation, assisting in and to community classes; and Elective: 12 hours. Learn more of what you love from the components/workshops offered in Sanskrit, Karma Yoga, Women’s Health or Ayurveda.

The Kranti program takes all of the components taught at Tejas in a new perspective based on Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow.  I completed the 200 YTTC teaching program and progressed to complete the 300 YTTC courses in Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. These programs are designed to equip students with new and exciting teaching skills, building on and delving deeper into the practice and the surrounding philosophies. The 500 hour yoga teacher training in Goa India provides an expert level education in philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and vinyasa yoga procedure.  After completing the programs, I stayed on for practice teaching and shala training.

Some personal bits about me include I am vegan, love international travel, enjoy wine on occasion at my family’s winery in Virginia. I have two sisters, a sister-in-law, a brother and three brothers-in-law as well as eight nieces and nephews in Virginia.  I have a BA in Film Production and another in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.  I have taught yoga classes at Beloved Yoga in Reston and Yoga Time Studio in Purcellville.  I look forward to sharing my love of yoga with you in the near future.

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