Peggy Brenner, PhD
Yoga Alliance RYT 500
When I started practicing yoga, looking for help with an injury, I didn’t understand or believe that yoga could have much effect on anything but my physical body. It didn’t take long for me to experience more. Over time, yoga conditions and quiets the mind. This quiet creates space for presence, inquiry, honest self-observation, and acceptance; practice with these things cultivates sensitivity, compassion, surrender, and integration to wholeness. A path to transformation.
More than 20 years later, I’m honored to be sharing this with others as a teacher.
more than gym yoga
My teaching approach blends the ancient and contemporary, Eastern and Western. It reflects my deep roots in old-school yoga traditions and my advanced degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. And my life-changing relationship with Circle Yoga Shala.
On the old-school side, my yoga foundation comes from the eight-limbed path of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, via the lineage of Krishnamacharya. In the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with Ayurveda, and that has added depth and complexity to my teaching (and way of living) that I didn’t know was missing. My science-y side is always asking questions and trying to find ways to discover possible answers, particularly questions related to how things work (and don’t work) for us humans. This part of me brings a problem-solving (and problem-preventing) aspect to my teaching, and it brings curiosity, creativity, passion, and joy.
I’m continually invigorated by how much I still have to learn about living and being, and by the challenge of trying to embody what I learn.
Change is a guarantee in life, and often it brings adversity. We can't control the nature of change (or most things, for that matter), but we can live in a way that sets us up to thrive and grow in the face of all kinds of change. On the other side of difficulty, there are three possible outcomes: you can experience set back, you can bounce back to where you were before, or you can transform the difficulty into something that didn't exist before—you can transcend.
I’m interested in the latter. It’s the goal that fuels and directs my practice and my way of living. It’s what I hope for all of us.
RYT 200 & RYT 500, Circle Yoga Shala, Jasper, AR
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Level 1 Teacher, iRest Institute
PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis
BA, Art History, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
what others say
"I've been practicing with Peggy for about a year, and I am always challenged. My strength and ease of movement have improved, and I've achieved positive body changes. I've also learned to use breathing and stillness to relieve anxiety and help my moods."
--- Sandy Phillips