San Marcos yoga instructor celebrates 20 years of teaching

SAN MARCOS – It’s been 20 years since Kathleen Quinn from San Marcos went from house painter to yoga teacher.

Quinn, who has lived in the city for more than four decades, said she discovered yoga through the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department.

“I found yoga like most people – for health reasons,” Quinn said. “I had quit smoking three years earlier and gained weight. I tried the gym but found out that I really wasn’t the type to work out. I was a house painter by trade and yoga kept me fit and strong.

Breathing and meditation exercise eventually became a passion that forced Quinn to become a yoga teacher. Today, Quinn not only owns the first yoga studio in San Marcos, but she also has a student fan club who praised her for her healthy teachings.

“It made me so happy to be able to share yoga with people from my own community. in 2011.

Quinn, who specializes in Iyengar yoga, has had a lasting impact on the dozens of yoga students who come to her studio.

Dawn Frank, who has lived in San Marcos for six years, said Quinn’s classes had “literally changed” her life.

“I was starting to have a little pain in my hips and knees,” said Frank, who has been attending Quinn’s classes for three years. “She listens to her students and gently puts them on the path to wellness – explaining to us first and helping us become aware of our bodies, using props to support poses, and gradually making us progress towards strength, balance and flexibility. “

In fact, Frank said she also met other yoga instructors who developed their teachings with Quinn’s help. Frank said she met a yoga instructor in Detroit, Mich., While on vacation, who learned of Quinn’s classes.

“When I mentioned San Marcos Yoga and Kathleen Quinn, (yoga teacher in Detroit) was so impressed that he had studied with her at one point,” Frank said. “I feel very lucky to live here and to be able to practice with Kathleen. Her total dedication to us as students and to all the other benefits of Iyengar Yoga is reflected in everything she does.

It’s not just the residents of San Marcos who are developing healthy Quinn habits. Susan Morse, who lives in Vista, said she regularly attends Quinn’s classes.

Morse said she started attending Quinn’s classes when she was 67.

“When I left the first yoga class in December 2013, I walked over to my car feeling a drastic change – some parts of my structural body were in their correct position for the first time,” said Morse. “Internally, I felt like things were aligned. I felt exhausted and elated at the same time. From that point on, I became a regular yoga student at Kathleen’s studio, attending an average of three classes per week since.

Morse said she feels healthier now than she was when she was younger thanks to Quinn’s teachings which also go from the yoga mat.

“The consistency and repetition of his oral instructions, sometimes sprinkled with humor, as well as his demonstrations of proper alignment, are extremely useful tools,” said Morse. “Many times when I’m not in class I hear Kathleen’s voice in my mind and hear her instructions to reposition various parts of the body, to be properly aligned. I find myself adjusting my posture.

Knowing that she has a lasting and healthy impact on people’s lives is the reason Quinn keeps working every day.

“When my students tell me that they were able to help themselves with, say, back pain relief, with a pose or an instruction learned in class, it absolutely blacks me out,” Quinn said. “My students’ desire to learn inspires my desire to learn more about the endless possibilities of yoga. I see myself doing this for years to come.

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