Linda Tingle, CNMT, CST-1, CCMT, CMT, E-RYT-200
In 1968 Linda was walking in a library and a book fell off the shelf in front of her. She picked it up and was very intrigued by it. The title was, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudevananda. It was a beautiful blue color, so she checked it out. It helped her get through a very stressful time.
Linda was a sales promotion manager for Merrill Lynch at the time. Without instruction she started practicing the poses in this book. This helped her remain calmer and clearer at work. She loved the way the practice made her feel. There were no yoga studios in this area in 1968, so she put a rug in her spare bedroom and practiced every morning.
In the early 1970’s she moved into an ashram in Florida and dedicated herself to the yoga lifestyle. Linda lived in the ashram for seven years, and continued to live the lifestyle for many years after that. The ashram practice was satsong, (spiritual discourse), service, (doing for others), meditation, (living from the inside out).
Because of her passion for working with people in pain she became certified in Massage, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Craniosacral, Meditation Teacher Training, and Therapeutic Yoga. She took the training for Structural Yoga with Mukanda Stiles, and Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, and studied with JJ Gormley, Beryl Bender Birch, Sri Dharma Mittra, the 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Graham Schweig, and many others. In 1975 Linda started studying breath techniques. Some of her teachers were Sri Vasu Deva, Guru Maharaji Ji, Victor Van Kooten, Bill Gallagher, and Richard Sabel.
Linda has helped staff several of the workshops at Yogaville; the ten day silent meditation retreat is one of her favorites. She presented Self-Transformation through Conscious Breath at Yogaville, and Breath and the Chakras at the AMTA, Virginia Chapter Annual Conference.
There is nothing like yoga to completely change your life. Whether you take it for your own personal growth, or to share and help others with their growth. It will change your life for the better.