WORDSWORTH – Mons Romulo – The Philippine Star
October 12, 2021 | 12:00am
Rianna Gatus has been teaching yoga for more than a decade now. She teaches smart, dynamic, and intuitive yoga classes. Rianna found the mat through tough times of personal grief.
But she quickly adds, “Yoga hasn’t taken grief away, in the same way it doesn’t change what goes on in your life. The practice helps us regulate ourselves and manage our energy and emotions to be better equipped to handle challenging moments that happen.”
As one of the founders of Beyond Yoga studios in Manila, she opened the space with the desire to share yoga with the people around her. Rianna’s role models are Jason Crandell and Alexandria Crow, both of whom she studied with. “I love them because they teach functional yoga that is taught with a lot of emphasis on accessibility. I admire them for being steadfast in the industry and sharing their practice with a lot of heart.”
She is trained in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hot Yoga, along with specialization in injury management. With more than 2,000 hours of training and continuing education under her belt, she also certifies teachers themselves through Inner Power Vinyasa, a yoga teacher training school she co-founded in 2017. Her goal is to train teachers with emphasis on skillful and precise sequencing, hands-on assists that are connected and confident, and the ability to create an experience that brings people back to themselves.
“In 10 years I will probably still be teaching and holding space for others,” shares Rianna. “This path made me realize that my calling is to serve through the practice of yoga to help people lead more mindful and self-aware lives.”
For those who are new to yoga, here’s more information from Rianna:
1. It is a complete mind-body exercise. Practicing yoga is harnessing your mindfulness. Strengthening your mind-body connection will make you healthy from a more holistic perspective that can impact all the different aspects of your life. Wellness is something that happens from the inside out.
2. Yoga teaches you the skill of relaxation. Yes, relaxation is a skill. Most of us lead such busy, over-stimulated lives that it becomes hard for us to turn work mode off at the end of the day. Yoga helps you down-regulate …….