Courtney Harms is an experienced Yoga teacher based in Venice Beach, California. Courtney began practicing yoga in 2003 to heal her body from years of competitive track and field, dance, soccer and gymnastics. After falling in love with the practice, Courtney decided to enroll in to her first yoga teacher training at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, California with inspirational teachers, Annie Carpenter and James Brown. Later that year, Courtney continued her education completing the Yoga Ed. Certification for grades K-8th to volunteer within LAUSD and beyond. In 2007, wanting to explore the practice more in depth, Courtney began the Yoga Works Professional Program under mentor, Jasmine Lieb. Upon completion of the program she became a 500 hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and later in 2009, Yoga Works Certified.
Courtney is most influenced by her love of movement. Inspired by the Vinyasa flow style, Courtney takes the alignment from Iyengar and the strength and power of Ashtanga fusing them into a well balanced flow. She is also influenced by her background in athletics, dance, kundalini yoga and therapeutics. Every class incorporates knowledge, spirit, and a sense of humor with the intention of sharing her love for the healing potential of yoga. In addition to teaching yoga, Courtney is a personal trainer and an experienced dance and gymnastics instructor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Spanish in 2002 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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