Courtney Parkyn, E-RYT 500

Courtney was introduced to yoga when she was 17. Even though she was an athlete all her life, what she was drawn to most about yoga was the spiritual component. When she was 24 years old after struggling with mental health, alcohol abuse and eating disorder issues, she enrolled in treatment. Yoga had always helped lessen her anxiety and helped her feel more calm and it was while she was in treatment that she was inspired to teach yoga. Courtney finished her first yoga teacher training in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. She has continued to complete advanced training in areas of yin yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, vinyasa karma, Thai yoga massage, ayurveda, kundalini, anatomy, and alignment among others. Courtney is also a teachers teacher, having led yoga teacher training for many years including at the notable YogaWorks.

Courtney believes that each class that she has taught, each practice that she has done, and each student she has encountered, have all helped her to become the teacher, the student, and the person that she is today, and she feels grateful for the road the practice of yoga has taken her, including being able to teach in treatment, where her teacher story began.