Teaching her passion

December 3, 2018

STERLING – Melissa Matteson wants to share her knowledge of yoga, one pupil at a time.

Because for her, yoga is not just a physical workout or a medium to release stress, it’s a discipline that encompasses mind, body and spirit, and it’s just “too good” to keep to herself.

In November, the 37-year-old from Sterling was given the green light to teach, train and certify others to become yoga instructors by the Yoga Alliance – a nonprofit based in Arlington, Virginia that sets standards for yoga instruction.

“It’s a huge accomplishment; I just can’t not share yoga,” Matteson said. “We learn everything about how yoga works on our anatomy, the philosophy behind it, the different styles and the ethics of yoga.”

Matteson will teach the 200 hour class at her studio, Central Park Yoga at 212 E. Fourth St.

The 7-month class begins in February and meets twice a month for the first 3 months and once a month for the remaining 4.

Classes will have 10 seats and costs $2,800 per student, or $2,500 if enrolled before the end of the year.

Matteson was drawn to yoga as a way to reduce stress.

“I used to work as a store manager at Verizon in the Quad Cities for 9 years before getting my instructors license. It was too much stress, so I found yoga to relax because I think we sometimes forget how to breathe in this fast-paced world,” Matteson said.

So in 2016, she decided to leave the corporate world, move home and open her studio to help others in search of a release. The studio opened in October of that year.

“I realized the only place someone could go to yoga school was in the Quad Cities or Rockford, so I set out to give people in our area a place to learn and teach others,” she said.

Instructor classes can help supplement personal practice, or be a gateway to teaching, Matteson said.

“The goal is to help spread the knowledge, since I think yoga’s purpose gets misunderstood,” she said. “You can do the yoga positions, but not be doing yoga. It takes every aspect and that’s what I teach and want to share.”

More information

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} Central Park Yoga

Address: 212 E. Fourth St., Sterling

Phone: 815-677-5230

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday’ closed Sunday

Instructor training: 7-month class begins in February. Class hours are 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2,800 per student, or $2,500 if enrolled before the end of the year

Online: Find Central Park Yoga on Facebook, or book an appointment on the StudioBookings app for Android and iOS

Yoga Alliance: Go to yogaalliance.org to learn about certified yoga instructors

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