My name is Linda Mikacic. At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine). I began practicing a variety of stretches and exercises under my doctor’s guidance and supervision. Without even knowing, I had encountered yoga.
During my teenage years, my quest for answers to metaphysical questions had commenced. Consequently, philosophy was my major in college. The path I have chosen has become a lifetime journey of self-study through yoga. Out of the myriad of styles of hatha yoga, the Iyengar method – its precision and alignment in the poses, attention to details, and use of props - immediately spoke to me.
Many years ago I became a wife and a mom. Being an adult family member has brought tremendous responsibilities, but also opportunities to practice yoga in so many ways.
Scoliosis is not my only reminder of the impermanence of things and life. In 2005 I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. The arthroscopic surgery on my right knee in 2009 has taught me patience and how to modify the poses for people with knee conditions. I have learned that the more I listen to my body, the better it serves me.
My yoga teacher certification was issued by Kripalu School of Yoga – a Yoga Alliance Registered School. I have completed their program of over 200 hours of intensive training. The curriculum included Teaching Methodology and Practicum for Postures, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Meditation; Yogic Philosophy; Anatomy and Physiology; and Professional Ethics.
During my many years of practice, I had the honor of studying with the most senior Iyengar teachers in the world - Mary Dunn, Patricia Walden and others. I am thankful for everything I have learned from them and all the other teachers I have met on my path. I am equally thankful to all of my students for everything they taught me, because one never stops learning. And I hope never to stop passing it on.
MY YOGA "STYLE"
One of the first questions practitioners of yoga might ask a new teacher, would probably be: "What style do you teach?"
Personally, I don't care much about belonging to any style or a tradition. My yoga certification comes from Kripalu School of Yoga. I've learned a lot from Iyengar teachers. However, I still pick up from Anusara, Viniyoga or Yin yoga traditions...Whatever works :o)
In most cases, my teaching method will depend on a student. We are all different and I respect those differences. Luckily, yoga meets us where we are, so everybody can "learn". Finding the right teacher makes it so much easier.
To quote Bruce Lee:
“A good teacher functions as a pointer to truth, but not a giver of truth. He employs a minimum of form to lead his student to the formless. Furthermore, he points out the importance of being able to enter a mold without being imprisoned by it; or to follow the principles without being bound by them.”