Yoga Instructor and Cancer Survivor Joy Golding
Discovers Strength and Peace in Her Practice
by Autumn Rhea Carpenter
Once a radio
disc jockey for several rock stations nationwide, wild child Joy Golding found
her calling in natural healing as a certified massage therapist. In 2003 she
added another certification to her skill set as a yoga instructor and has since
logged hundreds of hours teaching vigorous Vinyasa yoga at various yoga studios
in Melbourne, Florida. Golding employs many inversions, arm balances and balance
postures as well as Kundalini yoga into her classes.
Trained by several renowned teachers including Bryan Kest,
Shiva Rea, Ana Brett and Ravi Singh, Golding says her yoga philosophy is to
bring awareness and self love to the student. “I wish for them to realize they
are limitless and brilliant, loving and beautiful, strong and focused,” she
said. “The more we give to ourselves, the more we have to give to others.”
her classroom to 85-degrees and encourages students to practice ujjayi breathing
(diaphragmatic breathing technique first utilized by Hindu and Taoist yogis
which increases oxygenation) and breath of fire which is also a cleansing and
energizing breath, powered by abdominal contractions.
Through her yoga teachings, she has discovered that humans
inflict limits on themselves “When I taught myself the Scorpion asana, I found a
space of expansion and freedom,” said Golding. “I am a cancer survivor and yoga
helped me immensely through that time in my life. ”Teaching yoga enables me to
share the beauty that practice has brought to my life.”
yoga teacher explained that yoga is a way of life, not just an asana practice.
“I am drawn to certain asanas at different times,” she said. “Supta Virasasana
(reclining hero) and Halasana (plow) are my favorites.”
As in all professions, teaching yoga presents its
challenges. “Teaching a multi-level class with first time practitioners mixed my
usual suspects can be interesting, as well as teaching the unaware, very loud
and disruptive student. You gotta love ‘em, though,” said Golding.
An integral aspect of yoga is listening to the body and
recognizing the change it fosters in people. Those new to the practice should
ease into their practice. “Don't try to one-up other practitioners or even the
teacher, because you'll just end up hurt and frustrated. I’ve seen it and it's
not pretty,” advised Golding.
“The kindness and acceptance you show yourself on the mat
is a metaphor for life that can be applied to the rest of your life.”
Joy Golding is a yoga instructor at several studios in
Melbourne, FL, (Central Florida’s Space Coast) including the Yoga Center in
Melbourne, FL, (http://www.yogacentermelbourne.com/),
Florida Woman, (http://www.clubperformax.com) Yoga with Jill (http://yogawithjill.com/)
and the Brevard Community College Internship Program for Young Adults with
Asperger's Syndrome and other Learning Differences.
She is also available for private instruction.
When Golding isn’t practicing yoga or working as a massage
therapist, she loves reading cooking, singing, dancing, laughing (and screaming)
on roller coasters, shopping and learning.
Autumn Rhea Carpenter lives life in the fast lane as a
freelance journalist and herder of two young boys. Yoga is a constant reminder
to breathe and go with the flow.
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