I would like to add and honor Pati Johnson who has commuted from her sustainably harvested tree farm/sawmill operation to teach yoga weekly to a group of us in Mount Carroll, IL (population 1,200 and dropping?). She kept me going after my second pregnancy 15 years ago and I've become a licensed teacher now, now thanks for her inspiration.
I have been teaching Yoga in a small agricultural mountain community of less than 2,000 pop. in northeastern California . Classes are held at our local fairgrounds building shared with a pre-school. Most of my students have never taken a yoga class before. I have been teaching for a year & I am so grateful to be able to share my passion for yoga with people in my community.
I saw this article three years ago, I wish you would find some other towns to highlight.
I teach yoga in Fort Davis, Texas population about 1500. We have a beautiful yoga community-old and young, men and women! Who would have guessed in this west Texas desert, but the spaciousness of the land calls us to practice, meditate and laugh a lot!
So great to hear other stories of small town yoga. We are a little studio in northern Indiana, heart of Amish country. Somedays there are little things that become huge inspirations. All I can do when facing adversity, dislikes or judgements is be genuine, forgiving, dependable and of pure heart. When the sense of doubt arises because of criticism in this bible belt, I say to myself...well God has shown me what to do and I stand by MY convictions!
Whew a sigh of relief....I have been struggling to find a yoga home since I moved to a remote area in NH. This article inspires. Thank you!
Kristin Fields Mauer
I remember reading this article years ago in Yoga Journal. Being that I'm originally from rural Appalachia & learned the art of Ashtanga yoga in a living room, I never really understood why this story was so interesting. Now that we live in a city with a yoga studio on every other block it seems, I look at this article from a completely different perspective. After the REread, I'm feeling very unique & grateful right now! Thank you to my original teacher Nancy for sharing the gift with me at such a young age... And in small town America nonetheless!
I teach a gentle yoga flow class on a tiny island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The Tangier Island, Virginia is a watermen's village. The residents, which number about 470, speak a Cornish dialect, unchanged for the past 400 years. We practice twice a week, for about 70 minutes, at the Tangier History Museum, the class size ranges from 2 to 9. I arrived on the island via my sailboat to be the artist-in-residence, I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years. All my students are new to yoga. Its been a wonderful learning experience for me.
Great article, an inspiration to all teachers. Where there is trust in what you do, you can share this gift with those around, no matter what....
Huh. All lady teachers. Aren't there any male teachers out in the boonies, or they all working? How about Jeff Wright, author of Dubuque Yoga (maybe not a small town in population, but certainly in other ways.) Except now I see Dubuque seems to be "yoga central."