This month we spoke with Kim Vulinovic, who has been on our teaching staff for over 10 years. Kim began as a Kids Yoga teacher and expanded her repertoire a few years later to include teaching adults. She is a creative soul who enjoys the arts and self-expression of all kinds. We think she has a certain knack for making yoga feel accessible and not so serious.
This January, Kim is co-facilitating a 3 day winter break camp for girls, aged 9-12, with an emphasis on building inner confidence through yoga and other activities. Go here for all the details. We are really excited to host this event at The Yoga Centre and are pleased to support such an important opportunity for young girls.
Kim teaches at The Yoga Centre on Wednesdays at 12p and Thursdays at 7:45pm. Please enjoy this interview with Kim!
TYC: How would you describe your teaching style?
KV: My style is a blend of traditional Iyengar alignment, breath-focused slow flow and creative class planning. I take into consideration the students who are present in each class and incorporate their needs and requests.
TYC: I love that. And I know your students appreciate your personalized approach.
TYC: How were you first introduced to yoga?
KV: As a young adult, I was a modern dance student in NYC. I attended a Kundalini yoga class at the dance studio and noticed that the breath work decreased my respiratory allergies. Years later I studied with an Iyengar teacher here in Oak Park and became a regular practitioner. Yoga began to benefit not only my entire body and mind, but also my life as a wife, new mother and human being.
TYC: When did you first become a teacher and why?
KV: Initially, I became a YogaKids teacher in 2001. I was looking for a career to balance my life with 2 small children. By 2005, I was leading teacher trainings internationally for YogaKids and Yoga Alliance required that I hold a RYT certificate. My first adult yoga teaching job was at the Tennis and Fitness Centre; I was brought in by Donata who I really admired. I am honored to still be teaching in this community.
TYC: What are the top three things you’d like your students to learn from your classes?
KV: (1) stay present, (2) listen to your body and breath fully and (3) Mountain pose
TYC: What do you love about the community of students at The Yoga Centre?
KV: I have many friends in our Community. I have been teaching here over 10 years and really like that we are all aging together 🙂 The community is athletic, intelligent and truly friendly.
TYC: What else would you like The Yoga Centre community to know about you?
KV: My hobbies include fiction, art, sewing and cooking. If you read something interesting, see something beautiful or thought provoking, or cook something tasty, pass on your suggestion to me. I also love to sing British pop from the 1960s!
TYC: Wow – we’ll have to request a performance!! To learn more about Kim and her other offerings, please visit her website or follow her on Facebook (@YogaKidsOakPark).