Lee Edgren, MS, CYT, E-RYT-500
What do you love about Brown County?
Most of all, the variety and intensity of the people. There is an amazing richness
of talent, creativity, and public-spiritedness here. And just enough contentiousness
to keep life interesting. Art in living is what it is all about for me, and Brown
County is one of the places of great variety in that art!
I love the physical beauty and the low population density! I also love the grappling
that is going on with how to make a tourist town greener!
Why are you passionate about yoga?
When I was growing up, my love of movement and my spirituality were inaccessible
to me. Yoga has uncovered both and has brought a deep joy in their fusion. I love
the deep, subtle openings in the body and the mind that come over time with ongoing
practice. I try to teach in ways that allow people to access what has been hidden
right inside themselves - the open secret of beauty that we all possess. Yoga is
about realizing the love that you are!
What qualifies you to teach?
A combination of personal experience and lengthy training.
I had my first taste of Yoga in 1970 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I soon had experiences
that convinced me that I had encountered an extraordinarily powerful system. I was
told to become a teacher by Swami Rama in 1988, during a personal interview at his
Rishikesh ashram. At his insistance, I taught my first class on the banks of the
Ganges the very next day! Since that incredibly powerful moment, yoga has been the
force, pulling me forward into internal and external adventures I could
never have anticipated.
I practice daily, and study with inspiring teachers as often as I can. For example,
I have completed basic and advanced training in restorative yoga with Judith Lasater,
Ph.D, PT, and - in the last three years - three advanced trainings in Yoga Therapy
with Doug Keller.
I am deeply indebted to Angela Farmer and Victor Vankooten for their Teacher Untraining
(I untrained for about 10 years!), and to Amanda McMaine, who has been an exquisite
yoga friend and teacher, as well as to many other teachers and all my students.
I have been teaching since 1989, certified since 1991, and am listed as an ERYT500
by Yoga Alliance - the highest level currently recognized by this organization.
I had to keep a CV for my university teaching, and it is currently over three pages
long. All that training and study is really only to support my heart’s deepest wish
to be of service . . .