Betsy Bertram | Yoga & Kiteboarding Instructor
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Yoga comes from the word yoke: to bring together. For Betsy, yoga is the coming together of breath and body, intention and expression, heart and soul. Her classes include yoga philosophy, hands-on therapeutic adjustments, and inspiration for how to live your yoga off the mat.

 

Compassion-Centered Yoga  

Join me Wednesday from 8am - 9am for a FREE all levels class at Townsend Bertram & Co.

Yoga for Everybody, Sprout & Youth yoga beginning in September at Thousand Petals Yoga.

To signup for a small group or individual session, please email elizabeth.bertram1@gmail.com.

$100 for individual class
Package of 3 individual classes for $280
Small group rates vary. Inquire for details
Contact me with scholarship or trade requests

Class Descriptions

Yoga for Everybody

Tuesday 7:45am-8:45am at Thousand Petals Yoga Studio beginning September 10th.

An all levels class with a well balanced mix of postures including standing poses to build strength and balance, poses that allow the spine to move and stretch in all directions to optimize back health and prevent injury, and reclined poses to find flexibility and relaxation for the whole body. Because our bodies and their histories are all different, modifications, adaptations and variations of poses are encouraged in this class. 60 min.
 

Shake Your Soul: The Dance of Yoga   

A fusion of yoga and dance, Shake Your Soul provides all the traditional benefits of exercise with an emphasis on letting go, having fun and bringing inspiration to your movement and life. Diverse music is the soundtrack for a flow with a repertoire of guided movements and time to explore your own inner dance. This mind-body connection experience is sure to make you sweat, smile and shake your soul.

Sprout yoga / Children ages 5-8

Mondays from 4pm-5pm at Thousand Petals Yoga Studio beginning September 16th.

Down dog, oh hey frog, did someone say firelog? Join Betsy for a playful yoga practice designed specifically for kids ages 5 to 8. Betsy creates a supportive environment where kids develop connection to self, others and the natural world through thoughtful flows of poses inspired by nature. Imagination infuses flows that incorporate creatures of all kinds from fireflies, to eagles in the sky, to trees reaching toward the sun, and dolphins splashing just for fun.

Align & energize

Free Class Wednesday from 8am-9am at Townsend Bertram & Company

A class to re-align and energize the body and mind through longer holds in a flow of foundational postures. Reconnect to your breath through pranayama practices and explore familiar postures in new ways. Enjoy therapeutic adjustments and yoga philosophy integrated throughout class. This class is great for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.
 

Private Yoga: Individual and Group sessions

Private yoga classes offer an array of unique benefits for both beginners and seasoned yogis. All private classes include a pre-consultation to discuss the objective of the session. Each class includes mindful assists and therapeutic adjustments to support students deepening their practice.

Youth yoga / Children ages 9-12

Mondays from 4pm-5pm at Thousand Petals Yoga Studio beginning September 18th..

Join Betsy for a playful, classical hatha yoga practice designed specifically for kids ages 9 to 12 of all genders. This class will support building lifelong mindfulness skills and set a foundation for a lifetime of practice. Betsy will guide the kids in activities to help mitigate anxiety, calm the mind, and build self confidence. Through imaginative postures and awareness of the breath, kids will learn how to cultivate compassion for self and others, explore the edge of their comfort zones, express themselves, and feel at home in their bodies.

 

Benefits of Private Yoga Sessions

Physical limitations

A one-on-one class is a great way to find a practice that works for your body. Just as every body is unique, so is each individual’s yoga practice. Don’t let whatever physical limitations you experience limit your yoga. In a private session I will assist you in developing a practice that honors your limitations.
 

Develop a Home Practice

Have you always wanted to have a yoga practice specifically designed for you targeting the areas you care most about strengthening and stretching? I work one-on-one to build a home practice specific to my your wants and needs. With a strong, unique home practice, you are can practice anywhere, anytime. You always have your body with you, which makes yoga accessible everywhere you go.
 

Honor an injury (physical or emotional)

If you have a recent, reoccurring or old injury that causes discomfort and/or struggle in your daily life, let yoga be a part of your healing process. The practice of yoga strives to balance the body and help individuals find the correct alignment, which can help restore the body after a trauma of any kind.
 

Intimidated by a large group setting

If you are simply intimated to go into a big room full of experienced yogis, private yoga is just the thing for you. You can get a one-on-one or invite a few friends to join you for a private session at the studio or in your home.

 

Want to work on specific postures

Do you find yourself wanting to ask questions or receive more adjustments in specific asanas? A private session allows you to ask unlimited questions about poses. Private sessions include deeper adjustments to gently guide students more fully into each pose and feel how slight alterations can make monumental shifts in body, mind and spirit.
 

Events and fun

A private yoga class at your home or the studio is a fabulous addition to any event ranging from a birthday party to a wedding weekend.
 

A gift

Give the gift of bliss and help a friend or family member be the yogi they want to be. Purchase a gift certificate for a private session or class pass and help someone you love relax, restore and rejuvenate through yoga.
 

For your Employees

I teach free monthly yoga classes to everyone on our team at my family’s business, Townsend Bertram & Company. We offer free monthly yoga and mediation practice at the adventure outfitters because we believe physical and mental health, balance, and self-care are essential for a positive work environment. We have seen and heard from our staff what a difference yoga makes in the start of their work day, in supportive positive shifts in mindset and developing more flexibility in the body and in life. Change your work environment and your life by offering yoga and meditation classes to your team and yourself.

Background

My love of yoga sparked when I attended her first class at age 12. After nearly a decade of practice, I earned her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Kripalu in 2011.  Ready for another adventure, I moved to the Dominican Republic where I led sunset yoga to students on the beach at Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding in Cabarete. In August of 2012, I returned to Kripalu to complete Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance Teacher Training with Daniel Leven. I have practiced with Sommer and Paul Sobin for six years in North Carolina and completed their Thousand Petal Yoga 6 week immersion program in 2014 and their 5 month emersion meditation program in 2019.

I believe yoga is for everyone and every body of all ages, shapes, and sizes. As a yoga teacher, I strive to make the practice more accessible through a supportive, safe, and non-competitive environment that cultivates connection to self and others. My compassion-centered classes inspire exploration, embodiment, and enjoyment. Her connection with children inspired her to start Sprout and Sapling yoga, classes designed for kids to develop a mind body connection, self-compassion, and a love for the natural world through yoga poses inspired by nature.

I now live and teach in Carrboro. Currently, I teach a free, all levels community class on Wednesday mornings at Townsend Bertram & Company Adventure Outfitters located in Historic Carr Mill in Carrboro. Beginning in September of 2019 I will be teaching a Tuesday morning class and children’s yoga classes Mondays and Wednesdays at Thousand Petal Yoga studio located in downtown Chapel Hill.

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