Commitment


As your teacher, I honor the discovery of each practitioners uniqueness and will create a safe and nurturing space to allow you to experience  acceptance, self-awareness and a graceful journey to realizing your true nature.



My approach to Yoga is heart-centered, non-judgmental, compassionate, and liberating. In my classes, you will learn to feel with your heart, and have faith in the process of life through practice. Yoga consists of the practice of self-inquiry on a deep level. At everyone's innermost core, we are luminescent and peaceful. I will "hold the mirror" for you to see where this realization may be clouded. The precious human experience is not to be squandered.




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About the Teacher


My introduction to Yoga was from a book I discovered at a thrift store in upstate NY in 1995. I began my practice of breathing exercises and Yoga poses at home and it wasn't long before I realized that I was becoming more centered, open-minded and felt revitalized. Yoga had gracefully become a doorway for me to find a sense of peace and lightness during heavy times in life. I continued to study Yoga in college until 2002 with Retha Cazel and meditation with Elaine Corwin, both of Corning, NY.

I am a Yoga Alliance registered teacher at the experienced 500 hour level, with thousands of hours of teaching experience. My studies continued at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Here I studied with Allison Claire Eaton, Craig Perkins, Shane Perkins and a group of incredibly inspiring yogins in techniques of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, anatomy & physiology, yogic philosophy, ethics, and teaching practicum. I am certified in the Essentials of Thai Yoga Therapy as well as Integrative Reflexology, and also appreciate their healing nature.

My Yoga classes have been described as a "meditative flow, challenging for both the body and mind." My background consists of a blend of yoga styles that I have practiced and studied over the years, including Iyengar, Anusara, Yin, and Vinyasa, along with mindfulness meditation. I've had the pleasure in studying with amazing teachers to earn certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga as Therapy, Yoga for Seniors and completing the 500 hour "Your Yoga" program from the Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach in Asheville, NC.

Many teachers have inspired me over the years to share Yoga as being so much more than a pursuit of asana (posture). I share an ocean of gratitude not only for the many teachers who have impacted my life, but for my students as well, who continue to be my best teachers yet. My greatest love is helping others become in tune with themselves through their bodies to feel Divine inner peace, or "Divine Shanti."

Some favorite things other than Yoga include my love for music, nature, travel, art, holistic healing, reading, gardening, teas, and spending time with family and friends. I am blessed to live in Charlotte with my loving husband, my amazing son, and a couple of four-legged bundles of joy, our pug-boston terriers. Life is short and abundant, live well.

                  






~ Angela S. Benton, E-RYT500

To give you the best possible Yoga experience, I welcome all questions, suggestions, comments or concerns.

  DivineShantiYoga@gmail.com

 

 

Photographs on this site are the property of Angela Benton and are examples of the beauty from travels to Mexico, Costa Rica and her classes.