Echo Giesel Widmer

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My name is Echo. I started yoga about 12 years ago. I took my first class because I thought I needed something to calm my mind. I have always been a thrill seeker and sports enthusiast, and at the time I felt like I needed a shift of energy. Yoga at first was very difficult for me. Slow movements, and a focus on breath at the time did not sit well with me. I felt very unsettled on my mat in a room full of strangers, and the pace of the practice did not organically flow with me. Although I truly enjoyed powerful asana, it was very difficult for me to find peace with it because I was constantly looking for more challenge in my practice. I became a very power loving yogi, and was constantly looking to strengthen my practice physically. Over the years my yang nature grew exponentially until I decided that I wanted to teach yoga. For many of those previous years, yoga was purely physical to me. I of course began to really connect to my breath practice because it helped me stay focused and strong in my asana practice, but meditation was always a struggle. The calmer, more yin side of yoga, had not yet reached me. It was not until I was teaching for a couple of years that I found a softer more intimate side to yoga. I began to truly balance my yin, and yang sides. I began to really appreciate stillness in my mind, breath and body. I began to notice the small subtleties in my practice, and I began to truly fall in love with the practice. I have spent the last couple of years sharing my practice around the world with students of all pedigrees and intentions. I think that there is a practice for people, all learners, all energies. That is how I got to where I am today. My hope with leading trainings, retreats, and workshops around the world, is to teach what I have learned along the way and how it has transformed my life. I hope to create a more open, introspective, vulnerable, and also playful community of conscious individuals and practitioners.

I am a 500 E-RYT, and have thousands of hours of teaching under my belt. My background began in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Baron Baptiste Power yoga. It evolved to yin, Restorative, Sivananda, Tantra and Baron Baptiste. Like progression my practice evolves as I do. But most of my teachings are quite fluid. I focus on alignment, breath and slow flow. I try my best to create organic movement in my individual practice as well as the practice I share with my community. I can only hope that this is what my students experience and that when they leave the classroom they feel more at peace in their physical and mental bodies than they did prior.

Other than yoga, I love jumping out of airplanes and off cliffs. I am a rock climber, and boulderer. I am a slack-liner, and high liner. Recently I picked up Paragliding and Kitesurfing and spend much time teaching very sore athletes how to relax their muscles and their minds. I am a film maker, a writer and a photographer. I am constantly a student, and a relatable teacher as well. I feel that life is much too short to stop learning, so that is what I intend on doing. These passions come into play through my practice, and through my trainings around the world. I hope to give students an exceptional experience that allows them to learn not only about yoga, but also about their limits, about how to face their fears, and how to open up to new and creative way of life. To the best of my ability I am doing what I can to give back. This practice has transformed my personal life, my communication, my own relationship to my body and if I can help that relationship evolve within my students then I feel my purpose is served.


Tags: 200 hour teacher training hatha meridian myofascial lines tantra teacher training trauma vinyasa yin

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