Cheryl Reiff became fascinated with yoga philosophy and asana in the mid 1960s, at the age of 15, when she caught a glimpse of a Yogi in an old movie. She asked all the adults she knew, “What is Yoga?” No one knew. Being totally intrigued, she was determined to find out. Her mom took her to the Pearl Harbor Navy Library where the wise librarian led her straight away to two old Yoga philosophy books. Cheryl devoured them, fully resonating with the philosophical aspects, loving the physical aspects, and even able to convince her preacher father that it was not a threat to Christianity. Henceforward, she devoured every Yoga book she could find.
Since then Yoga has played an integral part in her life, physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Later on she found that Yoga Asana and Pranayama helped keep her Polio stricken body in balance. Recently she was told by a neuropath and chiropractor that had she not pursued this path she would have been in a wheelchair by the time she was 30. She is now 64 years old and still feels like she is growing up.
Cheryl began teaching in Jamul, in 1989 and has studied at A Gentle Way with Lanita, Marguerite, Carolyn, Damara, Diane, and Sean over the past 4 years. She is also a Reiki Master and a Health and Life Coach, and has studied and taught self-defense which she learned at the Kempo Karate studio where she first taught Yoga. She loves to make yoga work for people, to share the blessing of Yoga, the things that she knows will help people to live better, healthier lives and to end, or at least relieve, their suffering.
Cheryl’s training has been mixed with classical Hatha, a bit of Iyengar, and a lot of Gentle, including Chair, Adaptive Hatha, and Restorative. She is the owner of OutadaBox Life (Yoga and Supportive Services for Your Better Life), and teaches a very nurturing Restorative class here at A Gentle Way on Friday evenings. She is thrilled to be a part of Lanita’s beautiful, love-centered studio!