Jim Gibilterra is living proof that yoga exists for everyone, and that anyone can benefit from regular yoga practice.
“When I suggest to people to try a yoga class, I often hear them say they’re not flexible enough, healthy enough, or young enough for yoga. I tell them you don’t need any of that to do yoga… you do yoga to get more flexible, to become more healthy, and to stay young – physically and mentally.”
Jim began practicing yoga in 2011, after having a knee replaced. The non-impact, non-competitive and non-judgmental nature of yoga helped him to lose over 150 lbs., and become a stronger, healthier and happier person. Jim has 6 ½ years of active yoga practice, has attended several yoga retreats and workshops, and yoga classes with over 60 teachers in Aruba, Dubai, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the UK, throughout Europe, and the USA. As a result of his inspiring yoga journey, several teachers suggested Jim consider teaching yoga.
In September 2015, Jim completed the AFAA Yoga Teacher Training course and certification, and in April 2016, Jim completed his RYT200 hour yoga teacher training at TriBalance Yoga School in Schaumburg, IL. with Kim Brown and Joy Antipow.
Today, Jim teaches an inspiring yoga practice. He welcomes any participants with physical challenges or issues. His open, cheerful, humorous style is endearing and welcoming, embodying the spirit of Yoga.
“My goal as a teacher is to help anyone to become healthier, no matter what physical issues they have. It’s my way of paying back the universe for all the wellness professionals and kind spirits in the yoga community who have helped me so much.”
Certifications: 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certification, TriBalance Yoga, May 2016
Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification, September 2015
AFAA Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Campanelli YMCA, September 2015
Red Cross CPR & First Aid Certification, Campanelli YMCA, August 2015