BIO

The Nature of Who I Am

You can learn a lot by observing.  I have always spent a great deal of time observing things.  I have spent time outdoors communing with nature and the environment around me my entire life.  As I would sit in nature to observe and study it, I felt comfortable, calm, and inspired.  This was my place of spiritual refuge whenever I needed to clear my head and re-charge my life force.  I held a strong desire to learn about and understand this world around me as much as I could.  I went to college at Texas A&M University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management.  I started to become aware to a greater degree of the fact that the way we operate as individuals, and communities of people, parallels the way that the natural world (plants, animals, ecosystems) operates.  As these reflections of us began to appear more and more clearly in what I observed in nature I became more aware of how intimately we are connected to our environment.  I furthered my study and earned a Master of Science in Animal Science.  I went on to teach youth and adults throughout the state of Texas how to conserve and manage wildlife habitat.

 

Fast forward a couple of years and I find myself living in a new city and experiencing a stressful time in my life.  That is when I found yoga, or it found me.  The benefits I received in practicing yoga were immediate.  I found yoga as a means to maintain optimal physical fitness while experiencing mental and emotional clarity and relaxation.  Many beliefs that I held and observations I had made about how our internal experience is reflected in the natural world and the people around us, began to make more sense when viewed through the expanded perspective I experienced through the practice of yoga.  I began to understand why I was experiencing the things I was experiencing in my life.

 

Yoga reminded me of why I love nature so much and how it is such a powerful teacher to me.  I was gaining a greater understanding of this world outside of me, but more importantly, through the practice of yoga I was gaining a greater understanding of the world within me.  I was shifting my perspective to look within and see how I related to everything I had been studying.  I developed greater awareness of my inner desires and motivations in life and along with my practice of yoga began to study meditation, metaphysics, and the mechanics of the mind.  I earned a Respondere degree from School of Metaphysics and taught a Mastery of Consciousness class for over two years.  All of this has helped me to create clarity in knowing how to observe my Self objectively, to learn from my experiences, and to help others do the same.

 

As a student and practitioner of yoga, I explore all aspects of yoga, or union with the divine.  I have been teaching yoga since 2004.  In that time I have taught thousands of classes for students ranging from 7 to 93 years of age.  I have studied yoga and meditation with a variety of teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, Anodea Judith, Tias Little, and Sarah Powers.  I have attended meditation courses given by the Southwest Vipassana Association, Flower of Life, Art of Living, School of Metaphysics, and Dallas Meditation Center.  I hold a 500 hour yoga teaching certification.  I teach hatha yoga, hatha flow yoga, power yoga, restorative yoga, and core strengthening classes.  I teach yoga alignment and meditation workshops.  I teach meditation techniques and lead guided meditations.  I help people understand how to bring about desired transformation in their lives.  I maintain a daily practice of mental and spiritual exercises including concentration, meditation, creative visualization, and yoga asana.  I appreciate the synergy of all that I am learning and want to share that synergy with my students to assist them on a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual level.

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Available for private sessions using yoga, meditation, breathwork, energy movement, and relaxation techniques.

 
Please contact 
Andy McDonald, E-RYT
andy@thenaturefstillness.com
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