Yoga Saved My Life
And that is why I decided to become a yoga teacher.
I left home at the age of seventeen, after surviving a traumatic and violent childhood. I found a job and would come home in the evenings and roll around on the floor putting myself in various weird positions. I didn't know what I was doing, but I knew it felt good. Then I came across my first yoga book, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. I recognized the photos of poses in the book to be the poses I was doing and that's when I realized.. I was doing yoga!
I was rebellious, independent, and looking to escape - as many are at a young age, but especially so due to my upbringing. As time went by, drugs became a part of my life. When the drugs showed up, the yoga dissapeared. It was years later that I knew I had to confront my past and make some serious changes if I wanted to survive.
I moved to a different city, got a job, and started attending yoga classes. That grew into attending yoga workshops, retreats, visiting ashrams, and finding my "yoga home." One of my teachers encouraged me to teach so I took a certifcation course. I had been working with AIDS patients for almost ten years which was wonderful work but also very hard because in those days, no one survived. I needed a change so I took a leap and quit that job to teach yoga full time. I got lucky. I became the manager of one of the largest and oldest yoga studios in the country and I was teaching classes. I was in heaven.
Teaching and practicing asana was my primary yoga practice for a long time. Yoga now also helps me with the various injuries and illnesses that have arisen as I have aged. Staying strong, flexible, healthy, and peaceful I attribute to my yoga practice. It is more of a therapeutic approach at this point in my life, and in many ways, it is much richer and more fulfilling than ever before. Yoga therapy, Ayurveda and all the teachings of this ancient practice have helped me through the many life transitions from being that 17 year old girl to the 60 year old woman that I am today.
Now many years later, I've never looked back. I can't imagine where I would be if it were not for yoga. It saved my life.
That is why I want to share what I have learned with others. I know the difference yoga can make in people's lives. The difference it has made for me is nothing short of miraculous.
Becky Jordan is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an ERYT 500, is a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Therapist, a Certified Professional Yoga Therapist at the 1,000 hour Level, a Certified Yoga Teacher, is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and an Essential Oils educator. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Yoga Teacher and has been practicing yoga since the early 70s. She began training yoga teachers in the late 90s while she was managing The Yoga Institute in Houston, one of the largest and oldest yoga studios in the US. In 2006 Becky co-founded Sacred Art Yoga Teacher Training Program and in 2008 opened Heart of Texas Yoga, the first full time yoga studio in Wimberley, Texas. Known for her easy going, warm, funny, compassionate, and caring approach to teaching, Becky’s passion is to help others find greater health and happiness in their bodies, hearts and minds.
From her many years of study, Becky has created her own style of yoga which employs the tools of all she has learned. Her strengths and major interests include proper postural alignment (in yoga and day to day life), meditation, pranayama, the subtle body (chakras, koshas, doshas, gunas), mudras, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. Her techniques focus on the needs of the individual student so she works mainly with groups in a workshop/retreat atmosphere or with private clients. Becky has taught around the country at various yoga conferences and has traveled the US, Mexico, and Central America leading yoga retreats.
After years of traveling extensively to teach, Becky is now focusing on teaching in the Texas Hill Country, closer to home, with occasional trips away. Being home in the Texas Hills with her husband Greg and their family of animals while sharing her love of Yoga, Ayurveda and Essential Oils is a dream come true.
A list of some of Becky's most influential teachers: Patricia Walden, John Schumacher, John Friend, Paul Grilley, Judith Lasater, Doug Keller, Tias Little, Shiva Rae, Sean Corn, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Lex Gillan, Satya Shepherd, Krishna Das, Dr. Vasant Lad, Lama Surya Das, Sharon Salzberg, the late Steven Levine, Anodea Judith, Sally Kempton, the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Rod Stryker, Dr. Douglas Brooks, Joseph and Lillian LePage, Dr. Mark Halpern, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Rodney Yee.