Becky Taurog’s journey into yoga began on New Year’s Day, 2007 when a friend of a friend took her to a yoga class in La Jolla, CA, where she was doing postdoctoral research in biochemistry. She immediately recognized that yoga provided something she had been craving deeply. Since then, her yoga practice has been a haven from the challenges of her personal life, a respite from the rigor of her scientific pursuits, an antidote to anxiety and competitiveness, a cure for physical and emotional pain, a compass and map for her life, and a source of inspiration, insight and fun.
She has learned repeatedly that life still happens on the mat – everything we struggle with most will arise in our practice, allowing us to confront ourselves from within the safety and support of the practice, with the help of our teachers and community. Additionally, yoga practice does not end when we step off of our mats – we rely on our practice to maintain the same calm, equanimity, vibrancy and insight in all of our daily activities.
Becky has found that the yogic philosophies and practices for integration of mind, body and ‘spirit’ (however you wish to think of it) provide powerful tools to help all people become happier and healthier. Becky’s yoga teaching flows from both her scientific understanding (she is, after all, former chemistry professor!) and embodied experience. She blends ideas about physiology, anatomy, and psychology with her enthusiasm for the kinesthetic experience to help her students gain stability, openness, insight, and – ultimately – joy and freedom through their practice.
Becky has trained in many yoga traditions, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, ParaYoga, and Viniyoga. As a yoga teacher, she draws on this broad knowledge to support each student based on their individual needs and goals. She specializes in using yoga to address fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as adapting yoga for people with physical disabilities.
She is grateful for the numerous teachers who have supported her learning and practice, particularly Ben Vincent, Josh Vincent, Richard Freeman, and Matthew Sanford.
For a detailed listing of Becky Taurog’s yoga training and skills, please see her CV.