Corinne Andrews, CYT – Owner Yogafied
Corinne Andrews, owner of Yogafied in Colorado Springs, has been classically trained and certified in India as a Hatha Yoga instructor, with a focus on Ashtanga Yoga philosophies. She particularly enjoys sharing the yogic practices of Breathwork, Meditation and Restorative Yoga – in addition to Yoga Posture based practices.
At Yogafied, Corinne likes to offer classes to all shapes and sizes in small groups, or private/semi-private lessons. These class sizes lend to an intimate and comfortable environment for all levels and types of yoga practice. Together with her students, she seeks practical applications of yoga’s ancient wisdom to live more Mindful and Yogafied lives.
How do you define yoga?
Yoga is more than trying to look like a human pretzel. Don’t get me wrong, the postures are important. They are the vehicle that prepares the body and mind for the rest of the journey. But if you stop with only the postures, I think you miss out on so much more. With breathing practices, postures, meditation and self study, yoga becomes a way of living, a way of waking up and discovering some clarity and peace in each day.
How did you begin yoga? What made the practice stick to you?
It started as a physical education credit in college and, frankly, I kind of hated anything P.E. at that point in my life. Yoga was like flipping a light switch. I found a way to be aware of my physical body, to improve its health, but I didn’t have to do it with competition or things I feared my body couldn’t handle.
In yoga I was going at my own pace, and I started gaining more confidence in my body and in my ability to try some of those things I had always feared. I was also discovering how much my body and mind truly did affect one another. I know now it was only the beginning, but even then I was starting to realize some crazy stuff about my emotional choices. First, that they were choices (still working with that one!), that acceptance doesn’t equal complacency and that the compassionate response does not mean letting people walk on you. Whoa. How could I not keep practicing?
What does your personal practice look like now?
I still love to attend classes – teachers never stop being students – and I enjoy and need that guidance and dedicated time to immerse myself in yoga. I am spending more time meditating, and I’m trying to bring yoga off of the mat and into my day to day life. My husband will tell you this has most certainly happened in two ways: I no longer have to warm up my cold feet on him, and I’m a “much nicer person.” Not really sure how to take that last one.
What and where do you teach?
I teach private, semi-private and small group classes through Yogafied, my own business. Small group classes are customized and primarily hatha yoga with a touch of vinyasa, tied together with Ashtanga philosophy.
The private and semi-private sessions vary yogic breathing, postures and meditation for individuals and families. Other yoga sessions are designed for kids or adults with challenges like ADHD, anxiety or depression.
Yogafied is located on the west side of town near the corner of 24th and Uintah streets, 313 N. 24th St. I also teach adult and children’s classes at the Downtown YMCA, and I’m available to teach in schools K-12.
How long have you been teaching? What is your training?
My first experience as an instructor was in Japan from 2004-2005, and I have taught yoga ever since. In 2006, I received teacher certification in hatha and Ashtanga Yoga at Vishwa Yoga Darshan in the Sayadri mountains near Nasik, India. I also became certified in Calming Kids Yoga, out of Boulder, CO, in 2011.
Why do you teach or favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is getting to know my students. Of course I love sharing yogic techniques and watching my students’ bodies change through the practice of postures, developing greater alignment and more toned muscles, but my favorite thing is getting to know who they are. Then I get to see the most amazing transformation happening in how they see themselves, cope with fear, face challenges and rediscover compassion.
How has yoga changed you?
Well, there’s the much nicer person thing, but I suppose that comes from a biased source! Seriously, I think yoga has this amazing way of making you more you. I believe we all have that clarity, peace, compassion and self-understanding within us, and yoga brings it to the surface more often. In my actions I am more focused and aware, far less fearful, more willing to admit-it-and-move-on when I make poor choices – that’s a biggie. And now I appreciate, even love, this imperfect body.
Favorite part of yoga?
Shavasana – corpse pose. No kidding. It comes at the end of all the hard work in postures, and you can feel the transformation, not just in the body but especially in your state of mind and in your relaxed breathing. It never ceases to amaze me – to witness those minutes of sustained contentment in myself and others.
What or who is your greatest teacher?
My breath. Sounds like a hippy-dippy yoga teacher response, I know, but in my life I swear it’s true. Since I was six years old I’ve had a speech impediment. Pieces of words just “fall away” or “catch” while I speak. Awareness of my breath has taught me more about why this happens to me than any speech therapist ever did. Pranayama, breathing practice, has helped me minimize the fallen words or broken speech. But more importantly, I now know that changes in my breath mean changes in my heart and mind, and sometimes it’s a blessing that others can hear it in my voice.
One piece of yogic teaching you would share with the world if you could?
I think Gandhi summed it up with, “Live simply, so that others may simply live.”