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Bend and Zen Hot Yoga in Louisville, KY

Monica Johnson

Monica began practicing in 1999 with videos at home. Never a physically flexible or strong woman, she found Bikram Yoga in 2001. It was love. She began study under a well-respected Bikram yoga expert in 2002 and quickly learned the Bikram style of teaching. In 2003, she expanded her study to Yoga East to gain knowledge beyond the Bikram series along with yoga history and the eight-fold path. Monica trained in hatha, vinyasa, restorative, yin, ashtanga, meditation, pranayama, bandhas and yoga for injuries.
 

In 2005 Monica received special recognition for her project 'Teaching Yoga to the Paraplegic and the Subtle Body'. Monica says she was blessed to work closely with Matthew Sanford, a paraplegic Iyengar teacher, to gain more insights into teaching a student with paralysis. After witnessing the amazing power of mind over matter she knew she wanted to learn even more about the body and the disease process to better inform her teaching. She plunged into nursing school to get anatomy, physiology and the disease process knowledge. She is now an R.N. and works part time in home health.

 

Monica's training and experience have enabled her to lead workshops for 'bad backs', along with teaching at a variety of studios and health care facilities across Louisville. She teaches to all body types including triathletes, paraplegics, stroke patients, post operative spinal surgeries, pregnant women and students with MS. Monica firmly believes yoga can and does benefit everyone regardless of physical limitations. She also practices Thai and yoga inspired assisted stretching to alleviate chronic pain and physical issues.

 

Monica is certified in Reiki as well and practicing this healing energy work in private sessions. Monica has volunteered at The Safe Place to teach children and teenagers and witnessed first hand just how calming Vipariti Karani (legs up the wall) can be to rambunctious and challenged teens!

 

Monica has had the privilege to study alongside Ramanand Patel, Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Bryan Kest, Darren Rhodes, Francois Raoult, Bea Raydo, Michael Mukti Buck and Laura Spalding.

 

In 2013 she left the studio environment to focus on her small private yoga community to truly experience Kula and Sangha. She's been leading a small group of donation-based yoga out of her home for 8 years. Monica says she's excited to dip her toes back into a studio environment that imbibes the yogic path.

 

Monica’s love of yoga is evident and she prides herself on being a student, working to constantly learn and evolve. She, like you, is simply a student but decided to share that love of yoga with others. She currently practices Bikram, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Yin.

 

Monica currently teaches our Bikram classes.

 



Monica Johnson instructs the following:
  • Hot 26
  • Considered the original hot yoga sequence designed with beginners in mind, Hot 26 classes consist of a series 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a precise order. The sequence incorporates a standing and floor series that systematically works the entire body, incorporating strength, balance and flexibility. The Hot 26 class will stimulate your mind and reshape your body. Temperatures will exceed 100F with high humidity, so come to class well hydrated and ready to sweat. Appropriate for all levels.

  • Power Vinyasa
  • This dynamic and energizing practice integrates a flowing series of postures to create internal heat as you increase strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Our Power Vinyasa will take you through a vigorous and detoxifying sequence emphasizing conscious breath and fluid movement to strengthen the body and calm the mind. Open to all levels but best for those comfortable with the basic yoga postures and those looking for a healthy sweat.