About your instructors
Linda Martinez has extensive training that makes her uniquely qualified to teach yoga to students over 50. In addition to her 200-hour yoga certification, she has taken two nationally recognized teacher trainings at Duke Integrative Medicine that focus on the challenges and benefits of yoga to seniors and cancer patients. She is certified in both Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors and Yoga of Awareness for Cancer. These certifications provide Linda with the expertise to work with an aging population. She knows how yoga can alleviate some of the common physical changes that accompany aging.
Cheryl Fenner Brown
Cheryl Fenner Brown (E-RYT 500) found yoga in 2001 as a way to ease chronic back pain and became instantly enchanted by the subtle connections between the breath, body, mind, and emotions. She has trained with master teachers from Piedmont Yoga Studio and the Integrative Yoga Therapy schools and she blends both traditional Hatha teachings and alignment principles with subtle energy work and intuitive healing. Students appreciate her deeply educational approach to yoga and her classes weave anatomy, philosophy, asana, mudra, chanting, pranayama and yoga nidra together for a well-rounded experience delivered with compassion and humor. Cheryl encourages each student to honor where they are in their bodies every time they step onto the mat so deep healing and transformation takes place.
As a yoga therapist with over 500 hours of individual client experience, Cheryl co-creates home practices that meet the lifestyle needs of her wide variety of clients. As a teacher, she has taught over 4,200 hours of public classes, workshops and retreats in studios and cancer centers nationwide, and serves on the faculty of several teacher training and yoga therapy schools. As a mentor, she helps to develop both aspiring and seasoned yoga teachers. As a researcher, her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship study on the benefits of yoga for reducing side-effects of cancer treatment has been presented at IAYT's Symposium on Yoga Research and the Society of Integrative Oncology's annual conferences in 2015 and highlighted in Yoga Journal. Cheryl is also a published author with three Yoga Nidra CDs and a companion DVD to the cancer research available from her discography.
Testimonial from a Yoga Over 50 student
"There are so many benefits to yoga that it's difficult to determine what is most valuable to me, but the best thing I receive from my yoga practice is the confidence to be myself and accept myself as I am. As an un-athletic woman who started practicing yoga in her mid-50's,,I can truly say that yoga has made me stronger both mentally and physically. In the four (4) years since starting yoga, I am more patient with myself and others and more easy-going than I was before starting yoga. I am also much more flexible and I even stand taller -I actually grew a quarter of an inch in height! I am confident these things would not have occurred if I hadn't started practicing yoga. My only regret is that I waited so long in my life to do so. "
D, age 56