Peggy Breeze, owner of the Texas School of Ayurveda, first studied Iyengar yoga while in high school. After a career with retailer Neiman Marcus, she was drawn to the more energetic practice of ashtanga yoga and studied frequently with Richard Freeman, from Boulder, Colorado. Both styles follow the core techniques of the Krishnamacharya lineage (asana, bandha,pranayama and meditation).
Over time, she developed a style of flow (vinyasa)- based yoga integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, meditation and wisdom in action.
“I am in a constant learning mode,” says Breeze. “This fall, I plan to continue my ayurvedic studies at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as continue my studies in the yoga sutras at the Himalayan Institute with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.”
Breeze holds a degree in business and is earning a master’s degree in sports and exercise nutrition. She is certified in many disciplines, including as an ayurvedic consultant (600-hour, Kripalu School of Ayurveda), yoga teacher (500-hour, Himalayan Institute), E500- hour registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance), personal trainer, Pilates mat and Reformer instructor, spinning instructor, water instructor and nutrition specialist. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She began teaching yoga in a rehabilitation gym in a hospital close to her home in Plano, but her love of anatomy drew her to add personal training to her skill set. Breeze soon recognized the need for yoga therapy when few people were practicing yoga, let alone using it for therapy.
While teaching yoga philosophy, she was introduced to Yoga International magazine, published by the Himalayan Institute, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Soon after, she met Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual head of the Institute. During her training, she was reintroduced to ayurveda and pursued those studies further at Kripalu School of Ayurveda, in Massachusetts.
Breeze’s blog, The Balanced Yogi, has a huge following and she will be teaching portions of The Himalayan Institute 200-hour teacher training program, which is coming to Frisco in the spring of 2015, hosted by The Sacred Space. Also, Breeze’s Texas School of Ayurveda will be offering the 600-hour Ayurvedic Counselor program, which is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, in 2015 in the Dallas area. “Everyone is looking for ideas on how to be healthier,” says Breeze. “I partner with clients and help guide them with information which includes not only yoga and ayurveda, but the total picture: cardio/ respiratory fitness, strength training, core strength and nutrition.”
For more information about group classes, private instruction or Ayurveda visit TheBalancedYogi.com.