Linda Oshins, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has studied with teachers from a range of lineages in order to focus on both precise alignment and the energetic expression of asanas. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and as a business woman, applying yoga practices in a modern business environment. In addition to classes for the general public, Linda has taught many specialized classes to groups of students with a common interest or problem—people with cancer, mood disorders, respiratory problems, back pain and so forth—but her main emphasis is the development in each student of finely-tuned internal sensory conversations based on curiosity and intuitive self-listening. That is the ground upon which all students develop their own vocabulary of movement and sense of self, no matter their motivation for taking class.
In 2001, Linda co-founded Yoga on High with Marcia Miller and Martha Marcom. One of her greatest satisfactions is the knowledge that Yoga on High has grown to include over 37 local teachers, visiting teachers from around the country, and hundreds of dedicated student practitioners of all ages. It has transcended its origins—the dreams of the three women who founded it—and belongs to its community of practitioners.
Her main focus now is on pranayama and meditation including iRest Yoga Nidra, a form of meditation taught by Richard Miller. To that end she teaches a twice a week early morning pranayama/meditation class. She also teaches workshops for teachers on introducing breath awareness practices to beginners and pranayama techniques to students who are ready for them.
Along with her two business partners she wrote the curriculum for and co-directs the Yoga Alliance registered 200- and the 500-hour Teacher Training Programs at Yoga on High.
Linda is a Reiki Master who practices Reiki as an offering to those in need and as a spiritual practice. She values Reiki practice as a chance to experience energy flow directly; it is the utmost invitation to set aside her judgmental mind and watch a process develop, a form of witnessing on behalf of another.
Linda is also cheered and inspired by any growing green thing. She loves a garden or a walk under an open sky, rain or shine. She feeds her backyard birds and knows some of them personally, especially the Carolina wren who scolds her every day. She reads avidly, writes for her own amusement, cooks gratefully and knits presents for her friends. Finally, her favorite name is “Nana,” granted her by her two grandchildren.