Megan Windeler’s practice and teaching is rooted in the heartfelt belief that Yoga is simply a good thing. Her practice began by accident over twenty years ago during the deep dark freeze of a Chicago winter. After stumbling blindly into an Iyengar Yoga class in hopes of eluding the freeze, it was revealed to her that ‘living is much easier if you breathe whilst doing it.’ Over a decade and half on she is still trying to figure that one out, but, she practices it every day and has found life easier.
Megan’s classes are slow, strong and rich in alignment. She incorporates both movement and restorative shapes and teaches from the belief that Yoga should be simple, doable and as delicious as the perfect peach on a summer day. No matter how strong or flexible, old or young, or fit or bent out of shape you define yourself to be there is room in her class for you. Her hope is that students leave each class feeling more at home in their bodies and more connected to their lives.
Megan completed the teacher training at the Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2005 and has been teaching ever since. She has studied anatomy with Ellen Heed and pre/postnatal Yoga with Jane Austin and Marisa Toriggino. She studies Pilates and alignment with Ruthie Whalborg. Her teaching is inspired by her love of books and owes a great debt to her mom’s years as an aerobics instructor, to the police and fire men who taught her to lift weights bigger than herself in highschool, to her years as a bike messenger when the hills of San Francisco taught her that strong is a state of mind and the traffic impressed upon her that the present moment is the most important. And, if you try to tell her you can’t do Yoga because you are not flexible she will stomp her boots and shout (softly) “Yoga is a mindful strength based activity that improves your range of motion, functional strength and flexibility!”