Linda Sheftel started her career in sales and marketing after graduating from University of Central Florida with a degree in Psychology. She worked as sales person, sales trainer, and in management for sales and marketing. The last 20 years of her career, she worked as a consultant to large typical Fortune 500 companies, traveling worldwide, training their sales teams and management on how to set strategic sales strategies. She has always enjoyed fitness and practiced yoga fairly regularly through the years.
She married and started a family, in 2005 her son was killed by a drunk driver, this changed her career and direction in her life and she found herself practicing yoga regularly for the peace of mind and calm. Wanting to learn and experience more, feeling the mat held a sacred place for her she entered a teacher training.
After completing her 200-hour yoga certification with Paula Tepedino and the Vibhiti Yoga School (now known as Yoga Light), she started teaching immediately, at different venues, and studios. Taking the next step offering yoga to small groups inside her home, and eventually running out of space, it became apparent the next move was to open a studio. She opened LivingRoom Yoga with Teri Goszka in 2013.
She completed her 500-hour certification in 2011, continuing her studies with Vibhti Yoga School (Yoga Light). She continues to attend workshops, and classes, to learn and experience more teaching styles of yoga. She completed teacher training with Jennifer Reis, and is certified to teach Yoga Nidra.
She has found teaching to be rewarding and a significant part of her growth. “ I feel I have learned more about human kindness, character, and the practice of yoga from my students then I could ever teach, I feel blessed in this part of my life.”
Her classes are typically focused on themes, such as Chakras, 5 Elements, Yamas/Niyamas, or on a specific posture or area of the body. She consistently uses a number of props in every class, with a focus on alignment, including centering, breath work, building core and overall strength. Using props aids most students to access the full expanse of the posture allowing the body to release. Typically classes reflect a more Ivengar approach to the practice.