January 06, 2020
Lindsay grew up in the Bellevue/Issaquah area of Washington state and has been an athlete all her life. She has a background of 12+ years in competitive swimming (national ranked) and water polo which ultimately lead to her career in teaching. After completing her first of many lifeguard certifications in 1999, she began instructing aquatic based classes at swimming pools, water parks and beaches through 2015. In 2010, her focus moved in the direction of land-based fitness where she began practicing and teaching Vinyasa Yoga, mat Pilates, PiYo, and TRX (Suspension Training).
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I fell in love with Vinyasa yoga and mat Pilates for the benefits of balance, flexibility, and breath awareness. Now specializing in Ashtanga yoga with a Vinyasa flow, I have a passion for challenging my students and helping them to take their practice to the next level. Inversions, arm balancing, deep bends, and twist are just some of my favorite explorations in practice.
I started taking TRX Suspension Training classes for the strength, flexibility and core focused components of the workout. Also, I wanted the 8 pack (abs) I could never achieve with other fitness formats. Quickly I became very passionate about TRX. I started my TRX education journey 8 years ago and now have completed my Suspension Training Course (STC), Group Training Course (GTC) & Advance Group Training Course (AGTC) certifications with TRX. Over the last 5 years I’ve created the format TRX Yoga Fusion, using the TRX Trainer as the ultimate yoga prop on the mat.5 years ago, I decided to put my knowledge of water and land-based exercise together. Through Bliss Paddle Yoga™ I certified as a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga instructor, a Level 1 World Paddling Association Instructor, and then certified twice as a PaddleFit Core coach through PaddleFit™. I am also a Certified Swim Coach through ASCA and specialize in open water swimming. I started my own Stand Up Paddle business - Paddling Yogini LLC and I now race, paddle, flow, and teach on paddleboards all over the PNW. This will be my 6th summer teaching SUP classes and racing paddleboards all over the PNW. I have the knowledge and certifications to keep you safe on the water.In August 2017, I opened my own yoga studio in Issaquah Washington - One Mind Yoga! I now have a location where I can offer certified TRX Training, yoga for all ages/abilities, community foam rolling, family fitness and Stand-Up-Paddleboard fitness. My studio is very welcoming to all walks of life and no matter where you are with your fitness journey, you’ll find support here.
What motivates you to move?
As a teacher, my passion is to make a positive impact on students’ lives. I believe through a healthy mind, body, and spirit you can achieve anything. I enjoy teaching all ability levels, beginners to advanced students. As a mother, I feel a healthy lifestyle should be introduced to children at a young age and encouraged throughout their lives. I am very passionate about raising my three children and helping them learn to lead healthy lives of their own. I have 3 little yogis: a 16-year-old daughter who is an artist, writer, & yogini, an 11-year-old son, who loves yoga, swimming, SUP & soccer and a newborn who loves the water & attends my fitness classes daily. They are my whole world and my motivation to excel in life!
What are your go-to warm-up and cool down rituals?
My favorite way to break a sweat & cool down is on my TRX straps. Using bodyweight resistance training for raising my heart rate & lowering it down, but also to promote strength & length.
Who has previously or is currently inspiring you in movement? And why
My mom. She was an athlete for 25 years, training in high jumping for the Olympics. She earned a full-ride scholarship to college for high jumping and would have competed the 1980 Summer Olympics games if the US didn't boycott.
My mom changed her focus from sports/training to motherhood. She had my sister in 1983 & me in 1984, instead of training/competing for the next summer games. She raised me and my sister as a single mother for the following 30+ years. In that time, she passed on her knowledge of sports/fitness & her passion for movement to both her children. She coached us in our youth sports & was the biggest motivation for my continued success in sports & overall passion for fitness.
Can you tell me about a favorite movement moment you experienced and what made that moment so special?
For my 30th birthday, I signed up for a Stand Up Paddleboard certification in Laguna Beach California. I spent a 3-day weekend paddling, flowing & floating on the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. It was challenging and magical all at the same time. Even though I'd spent my entire life in/around water, the depth & energy of that body of water was something I had never experienced before. I fell in love with bringing my fitness/yoga practice on a moving surface.
What is one thing you never go to the gym/studio without?
A positive outlook! I come to my classes with a desire to teach, learn, and accept the day for what it will be... Another day of living and moving.
What does diversity and inclusion in your movement practice mean to you?
I believe diversity and inclusion go hand in hand in the fitness world. I welcome all students at any stage of their health and fitness journey into my classes. I understand that everyone is unique in their own ways and often require a different approach to health, fitness & wellness. At my studio (One Mind Yoga-Issaquah) I also support any teacher needing a space to plant & grow their passion for teaching to the Issaquah community. We welcome all in need of a healthier way of living.
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