I have been doing Yoga off and on since high school in the late 1960s. My wife and I began Yoga once again with a friend diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer. Subsequent to that loss, my wife and I both suffered a heart attack and cancer.
We practiced yoga during our “cancer years” and following some experiences with the practice I began searching for a Yoga 200 hour training to prepare for more advanced training in Yoga for cancer. I contacted several schools then saw we have a local training course at the Trailhead Healing Arts Center in Springfield, Illinois.
I telephoned Justina Schacht, owner of Trailhead, and within a short while knew that I could learn a great deal from her. My wife and I visited with Justina and we signed-up. No regrets and all expectations are being exceeded.
Justina is a down-to-earth caring soul with years of experience in Yoga but too has experienced the depth of challenge within her own life needed for a true teacher. Experiential knowledge provides the “soul” of her practice and both my wife and I always leave the class with added energy and feeling peacefully happy.
Justina is certified in Ayurvedic medicine as well as advanced Yoga and meditation practices. Her studio can only be described as an energetic space where people find community and personal connection. Justina is open in sharing experiences difficult to speak of which also creates a comfort zone for people to release and share.
Her Asana are challenging but always done with an eye on injury prevention. The teacher training includes a subscription to an online anatomy course with in-class discussion and testing. We train and discuss the Asanas always with an eye to anatomy, breath and energetic movement maximizing the benefits.
Reading and classroom discussion dives into the philosophy and culture of the practices along with ethical and legal obligations for the Yoga teacher. We share a lot of personal experiences and approaches used to interface with various personalities.
Our Asana practice is designed to instruct the teacher on proper alignment, energetic direction, and breath. We have students ranging in age from early twenties to late sixties and everyone participates in review and helping each other attain proper alignment within the poses; it is a close community that develops within the first two sessions providing a true learning environment.
Justina is confident in her approach and grasp of the topics conveyed including holding a Master of Arts degree in consciousness. She guides the class into areas of their own lives as a natural flow and we actively offer the many perspectives to every situation which leads to the group gaining both understanding and appreciation for each other, the basis of the term Namaste!
I looked at a lot of schools and consider my finding Trailhead a real gift. Love it!
RK and NM