Nancy Kochuk

Nancy took her first yoga class more than 20 years ago—and admits to skipping out before the final rest at the end. But she grew to love this life-affirming practice—including savasana (the rest at the end of class)—because it made her feel open, grounded, and calm.

Nancy is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. She is also a certified Relax and Renew ® teacher (restorative yoga), and she completed the Yoga for Seniors professional training at Duke Integrative Medicine.

 

In addition to teaching breath-focused yoga classes in various locations in Howard County, Nancy serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Prison Yoga Project of Maryland, working with justice system administrators to bring yoga into area correctional facilities and also teaching trauma-sensitive yoga classes for men and for women.

 

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the fledging Retreat Center of Maryland.

Teaching Style: Ever evolving! Even though I was trained in an alignment-based style, I've been influenced by amazing teachers from so many different backgrounds. As my own practice shifts and changes, my teaching does as well.

 

Inspired By: People who are drawn to yoga. I love hearing your stories about how yoga is making a difference in your life. 

 

Favorite Pose: a combo like cow-cat-cow-dog. Combining breath and movement in this way feels exquisite.

 

1st Yoga Experience: My first yoga class was at lunchtime at my office in D.C. The class was fine (OK, so I wasn't an immediate convert), but I almost  stopped going because of savasana. What a waste of time, I'd think. I was always looking for excuses to leave early. (But, yes, eventually I did learn to love that final rest.) 

 

Birthday: May 6. I'm a Taurus and yes, I do have opinions!

 

Favorite Food: a kale salad with chickpeas--followed by BBQ potato chips or some other junk food. ALL food groups are important.

 

Family: Husband Carl (35+ years). Our daughter and her family live in Eldersburg. Our son and his fiancé live in Parkville. I love being a Nana.

 

Favorite Destination: Grand Canyon. At age 63, I spent 5 magical days white water rafting and camping on the Colorado River. The last day, my brothers and I hiked up and out of the canyon. Tromping uphill for 8 hours was the hardest thing I've ever done. 

 

Why You Love Teaching: My own practice both lifts me up and calms me down. I want to share this life-affirming practice with everyone.

 

When I’m not teaching you can find me: Trying out yet another new recipe from the NYT Cooking app. I'm an aspiring foodie.

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