Workout of the Week: Local Teacher Teaching New Audience Spanish Yoga

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Betty Garcia never planned on being a yoga teacher but last year she fell in love with sharing her passion with others.

“I just wanted to make everybody feel good, “she says.

Teaching others how to strengthen their bodies and minds is a new challenge for the small business owner.

“You need to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing, “she explains. “How the body is working and what benefits you have.”

It didn’t take her long to realize that some people couldn’t understand, so she started a Spanish yoga class at the South Suburban YMCA.  It’s what brought Beatriz Diaz back to the Y.

“When I read the paper, yoga in Spanish… I say, do it!” she exclaims. She’d stopped coming because a lot of the classes were confusing. “We don’t feel comfortable because we don’t understand too much,” she explains.

She’d stopped coming because a lot of the classes were confusing.

“We don’t feel comfortable because we don’t understand too much,” she explains.

We felt the same way during the Spanish yoga class. “Right?!!?” says Betty. “You’re lost and confused, looking at everyone else to figure out what to do. That’s how they feel all the time.”

Taking a class in their native language gives these students the chance to experience yoga in a whole new way. “I feel totally different because we can talk

“I feel totally different because we can talk between us and she’s a great teacher,” says Beatriz. “My emotions, I feel great…more peace and my body feels different…more stretchable.”

Betty’s class started in August and word is spreading fast.

“They want more classes,” she says. “They come eager to learn and they have no idea that they’ve been my teacher. I’m learning right along with them.”

Demand for Spanish speaking teachers is high. If you’re interested in teaching at the Y contact Penny Luthens at 645-3343 or Penny.Luthens@dmymca.org

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