Yoga Teacher and Owner of A Gentle Way
E-RYT 500, IAYT, and YACEP
Lanita Varshell is the owner of A Gentle Way Yoga Center, and founder-creator of both of our trademarked styles of yoga: MIMSY – Meditation in Movement Style, and Aalamba – Yoga with Support. She has taught over 10,000 classes, and has certified yoga teachers since 2000. Lanita Varshell holds designations with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®). She is also a certified IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, and has taught over 750 private therapy sessions.
She is a Gentle-Traditional Hatha Yoga teacher, stress management expert, former missionary, and inspiring motivational speaker. She is known fondly as the “queen of relaxation” for her Yoga Therapy work with the very stressed and those in chronic pain, and for bringing students into yoga who never imagined they could ever do yoga.
Traditional students of yoga will experience deep stretch with intimate body connection, and will learn how to practice traditional poses safely in her Meditation in Movement and Aalamba Yoga Classes. Don’t be deceived by the slowness of Lanita’s classes; this may be some of the deepest yoga work you have ever done!
Lanita Varshell began teaching yoga in 1996, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. She has evolved from a very sick “couch potato,” who could not work, to a busy studio owner and teacher. Still challenged daily with body pain and limitations, Lanita is living proof that the many benefits of yoga can be experienced by anyone, any size, with almost any challenge.
She teaches at our Center, led Yoga Retreats for 10 years in Julian, Ca., has taught at Feathered Pipe Retreat Center in Montana, and; Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center in Mass. She has been interviewed by several yoga publications including L.A. Yoga and Yoga Journal. She leads our Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Workshops in San Diego, and guest teaches at other Studios throughout the United States.