Alyce's son Aidan tries to imitate her "table pose." The photo was taken the day before her daughter Nova was born.
Alyce Wittenstein - Yoga Teacher
Alyce has been practicing yoga for more than twenty years. She has two children, Aidan 4 and Nova 11/2. Alyce credits yoga with her vigorous health, ability to conceive quickly at a mature age and her two easy pregnancies and deliveries. The medical community often places women over 35 automatically in a high-risk classification, but Alyce would have none of this. She did yoga every day during both her pregnancies and played tennis until her eighth month. She delivered both of her children in a birthing center with a midwife and no medical intervention.
Her first yoga class with at her parent's development "Boca West" in 1985 and she has been a diligent student ever since. Alyce has studied with many important teachers including Shiva Rea and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She achieved her yoga teaching certification in 2002 by particpating in a rigorous teacher training in New Mexico with the late Yoga Bhajan, founder of the Kundalini style of yoga. Since then she has taught many private students and at local gyms. Last year, when she was eight months pregnant with her daughter, she particpated in Mary Barnes "Yoga for Two" teacher training and earned her certification in prenatal, "mommy and me" and postnatal yoga in the Anasura style.
Alyce believes that yoga's increasing popularity is a mixed blessing. All too often, "beginner" or "all level" classes include poses that traditionally took students years to master. Not only are these methods dangerous, but they can "turn off" students that could master many poses with appropriate patience. Yoga is not about "achieving poses," but about learning how to breath into whatever you would like to accomplish, be it a yoga pose, giving a speech, bathing a toddler or whatever else you would like to achieve in life.
Alyce, nine months pregnant, sits in meditation with her son Aidan