Beth Rigby, Founder of Yoga Meets Dance, is an expert Holistic Health and Stress Management Educator, a highly gifted Yoga and Meditation Instructor, long-time student of Zen Meditation, and an international leader in the YogaDance movement. She has been teaching internationally for 20 years, and a student of multiple forms of yoga and the holistic healing arts for 33 years.
Beth previously directed filled-to-capacity retreat programs at the world-renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health where she served as a well-loved Staff Instructor and Program Director, She was trained and certified to teach Kripalu Yoga & Kripalu DansKinetics in 1995.
A gentle and highly creative teacher, Beth has over 9,000 hours of national and international teaching experience leading instructor trainings, wellness retreats and yoga, movement and meditation classes. Beth has successfully adapted many classes for diverse populations including teens, seniors, wheelchair patients, and PTSD survivors.
As a former gymnast, Beth easily took to yoga in her late teens. She has studied Kripalu Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Integral, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga. Her 44-year background in movement includes gymnastics, ballet, modern, aerobic dance fitness, belly dance, African dance, Sufi dance, 5 Rhythms dance, and ecstatic dance.
Beth attended beginner’s instruction in Soto Zen Meditation in February 1994 with Roshi Michael Elliston at the Atlanta Soto Zen Meditation Center. She has attended meditation and mindfulness programs throughout the U.S. at Zen Desert Sangha in Tucson, AZ, the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, Hokoji in Taos, NM, Center for Zen Studies in California, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Boston, MA.
Beth has studied at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Tree of Life in Patagonia, AZ, Southern Dharma in Asheville, NC, Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Atlanta, GA, Yogaville in VA, Art of Living in Bangalore, India, and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA as a partial listing.
Beth is available to travel internationally to bring a retreat or training to your location.