Judy Weaver, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP
I was born in 1960 in Seoul Korea and I was adopted when I was 6 months old by parents who raised me in Southern California.
I studied ballet and dance from the age of 4 until I turned 15 when I found a social life outside of the dance studio. I knew I would not be the prima ballerina so I left the dance world behind, but I was fortunate to have parents who were professional dancers and they started me off with an early form of Bodymind training.
I took my first yoga class during my freshman year of college and then not again until my 30’s after a serious illness kept me bedridden for 18 months.
I have been an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practitioner for over 25 years, a yoga teacher for over 20 years and a yoga therapist for the past 8 years.
From my earliest memories I have been afraid of loud noises and the dark and I believe that because I was born just after the Korean war I inherited the stress and trauma of my biological family - which is called Epigenetics and is a form of generational trauma.
I am also naturally flexible which made it hard to understand many of my students’ relationships with their Bodymind systems - but after recovering from a torn rotator cuff, bulging discs, a broken foot, spondylolisthesis and spinal torsion I get it.
Using my modified yoga practice on the mat, physical therapy, functional movement, energetic and soft tissue work, I was able to reconnect and bring my Bodymind systems back to health without surgery.
The daily practice of yoga helps me live my life more fully and I encourage my students to have fun, find their edge, let go of expectations and incorporate yoga into their everyday lives.