Sonja Ostendorf

I never aspired to be a “Yoga Teacher.” After practicing yoga for a few years, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to be able to practice yoga at home without always second guessing myself if I was doing the postures correctly. Sharing this practice and watching the lives of others become transformed by yoga is what I love.

Before Yoga

Before I started practicing Yoga, I had the idea that only thin, young people could do Yoga. I was neither thin nor young, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I fell in love with the empowerment I felt, so I continued. Years later, I may not be thinner nor younger, but I am definitely stronger and more self confident.

Changing Lives

What I most love about yoga is it’s transformational qualities. I believe if given time and effort, the practice of yoga has the innate power to change lives. Because I know it helped me to change my life — I want it to help change others’ lives.

More than Physical Movement

Yoga is multi-faceted. There are so many avenues, or limbs, of yoga that you could spend your whole life studying the practice and still would not completely understand all what it has to offer. I love all aspects of yoga: the study of anatomy, fascia, the functionality of muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., and how they work together to move the body in physical postures as well as the calming effects on the mind. Yoga is more than just physical movement for me; it’s also a way to deepen my relationship with my God.

Willing to be Uncomfortable 

I am inspired by all the students I meet at the Studio. Many of the students have overcome tremendous difficulties to practice Yoga. I am inspired by their commitment to show up day-after-day to unroll their mat and practice. I am in awe of their courage to let the practice of yoga transform them, even when it makes them uncomfortable. 

Teacher/Mentor

  • David Keil 

Trained Under

  • Saraswathi Jois, KPJAYI, Mysore India, 2016-2017 
  • Taylor Hunt
  • Greg Nardi
  • David Swenson
  • Sarah Powers
  • Jo Phee
  • Tim Miller
  • Richard Freeman

Credentials 

  • ERYT 500
  • Certified Reflexologist
  • Curvy Yoga Certified  
  • Aeriel Ascension Yoga Certified
  • Yin Yoga Certified (listed on the Yin Yoga Website: Yin Yoga Teachers)

Started Practicing Yoga in 2005

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