Welcome! In September 2018, I launched a new website at lferris.com dedicated to yoga and wellness. I am a wellness ambassador and certified yoga instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. I offer a gentle yoga flow practice that is accessible to beginners, with modifications for more advanced yogis. I teach yoga classes for UC Berkeley staff and occasionally lead yoga sessions at retreats, hikes, and private events. What appeals to me most about being a yoga teacher is helping others with their personal wellness journey. I want to share my passion for yoga and wellness with the world, so I have also started a wellness-focused newsletter. This newsletter is intended for newbies and experienced yogis alike, and also for pilgrims interested in exploring different mindfulness practices. I still publish the monthly Camino events post on my blog, but this newsletter is a spin-off with more wellness-focused content and events.
Yoga classes – Spring 2019
I’ll be teaching yoga again at the beautiful studio in the Julia Morgan designed Hearst Gym this semester. If you are UC Berkeley staff, click the links to register: 2/15, 3/8, 4/12, 5/3. More public yoga classes will be added to my new website lferris.com, but subscribe to my newsletter to stay in the loop.
My love affair with yoga began long before I knew about the Camino de Santiago. I tried my first yoga class in the 1990s and instantly felt relief in my hips and back. When I discovered that a daily yoga practice also helped ease stress from the workplace and prevent hiking injuries, I was hooked. In 2016, I signed up for teacher training at Yoga Kula in Berkeley. I began teaching yoga to coworkers and members of a hiking group.
My training continued in 2017 at Namaste Yoga in Berkeley, led by four of the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers: Abby Tucker, Baxter Bell, Domonick Wegesin and Vickie Russell Bell. As a graduate of their “Every Day Sacred” program, I have 300+ hours of teacher training.
Yoga for pilgrims
I truly believe that many common injuries can be prevented by practicing yoga, so I look for opportunities to teach yoga for pilgrims. I taught yoga classs at Hospitalero training, the 2018 American Pilgrims national gathering, and at albergues in Spain. Below are a few blog posts I wrote about my yoga journey thus far.
- What it means to be a UC Berkeley Wellness Ambassador
- Finding my Balance with Standup Paddleboard Yoga
- Immersing Myself in Yoga
- Ode to the Oak, and Tree Pose
- Wanderlust 108 San Francisco
- Super Hike and Yoga on Wildcat Ridge
- Mindfulness Manifesto, Part 3: Yoga
- 10 Ways to Hack your Yoga Practice
- Yoga for Hope Festival in San Francisco
Below are a few highlights of yoga in fun places with great people!