“I especially appreciated the consistency in you on the mat…your gentle consistent guidance in the simplest of movements stays with me to this day. The protective, supportive and free of judgments style kept me striving to learn and grow. I always felt the most sincere form of respect from you and always felt welcome in your classes.” – S.

“If Winter is teaching a class, I know that I will take it. She truly cares about her students and checks-in about injuries or aches before beginning each session. Even in a large class, Winter makes me feel like she’s tailoring the class just for me. If I say that my hamstrings and calves are tight, she manages to work in some poses that address those areas. Winter encourages her students to respect and listen to the needs of their bodies and offers options and modifications if a pose isn’t working for someone. I took a “gentle yoga” class with her until I was 39 weeks pregnant, and even though it wasn’t a prenatal yoga class, she helped me modify poses so that I could still fully participate. She is a thoughtful teacher who manages to challenge her students while still asking them to be respectful of their bodies. Whenever someone asks me where I take yoga classes, I don’t refer them to a specific studio – I refer them to wherever Winter is teaching.” – L.

“I’ve been practicing yoga for many years, and while you learn something from every teacher, there are those special one’s that exemplify what a rich yoga experience is all about – Winter is one of these teachers.

My top 10 list on what makes Winter special:

  1. A treasure trove of deceptively simple poses that can really make you work; those poses and practices that sneak up on you
  2. Deep knowledge of anatomy, healing, and alternative options
  3. Wide variety of poses; Winter’s practices never gets routine or boring
  4. Focus on a holistic practice – body, mind and breath – practices that work for all levels, ages, and abilities
  5. Great play lists that pull from all genres
  6. Melodic and soothing voice guiding you through the practice
  7. Sharing words of wisdom as part of the practice
  8. Serious about her teaching, yet doesn’t take herself too seriously – willing to laugh and see the humor in everything
  9. Her ending salutation: “May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings never be parted from freedom’s true joy. May all beings dwell in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.”
  10. · Bikes to class with her beautiful family” – T.


photo by Steve Clarke

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