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Catching up with Bridget Frederick

By Ninazolotow @Yoga4HealthyAge

by Bridget

Catching up with Bridget Frederick

In case you don’t know me, I’m Bridget Frederick, a certified yoga teacher trained in The Berkeley Yoga Room’s two-year, 500-hour Advanced Studies Program. I have been teaching at the North Berkeley Senior Center since 2011, and also teach at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California and at local Touchstone climbing gyms. With a strong focus on anatomy, balance, and core strength, my classes aim to make yoga accessible to anyone who is interested in finding the relief, strength, or stillness that yoga can offer. In addition to yoga, my interest in aerial arts led to an exploration of yoga wall ropes, first developed by BKS Iyengar, who used them as a prop to support and intensify his asana practice. I have been teaching ropes wall classes and workshops since 2017, often in partnership with co-teacher Sandy Zirulnik. Inspiration for my teaching comes from current and former teachers Donald Moyer, Mary Lou Weprin, Julie Gudmestad, Gay White, Ada Lusardi, Sandy Blaine and Herta Weinstein.

Since graduating in 2011, my interest has been understanding the human body—anatomy and physiology as well as the mind-body connection—and how to be gentle with ourselves. Most importantly, my interest has been how to help my students connect with their own bodies and get a sense of what works for them, as well as what limits they should set around their practice. When our bodies feel good and safe, we have more energy to be kind and generous with those around us.

I started out on the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog as Copy Editor in 2013, but with this new incarnation of the blog, I’ll be acting as Acquisitions Editor. This means I’ll be in charge of selecting and posting practice videos. These videos will come from you—our readers! So if you have been creating videos, teaching a special version of a pose, offering a new take on a restorative sequence, or giving tips on a specific common condition, I would love to take a look at it to see if we can fit it into our weekly offerings. Please be sure your video is of high technical quality! Contact me at [email protected] if you'd like to offer a video or need more information.

Find information on Bridget's current classes here(all online during the pandemic). 

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