Adri* Frick practices yoga, owns the Type A Yoga studio in Martinez, CA, and is program director, curriculum designer, and lead instructor of the Upama Yoga: Comparative Yoga Studies program.
* pronounced ā’drē, “ay-dree,” or in IPA: /eɪˌdri/.
Her teaching style strives to balance detailed, informative instruction with a playful, light-hearted irreverence. Although respectful of the lengthy traditions of yoga present today, she is aware of how the practice can get twisted to the point of absurdity, and believes that serious scholarship should be tempered by not taking yourself too seriously.
Many years after beginning her yoga practice, while working on her thesis, Adri thought she was “too busy for yoga.” As she slid in regular practice and de-prioritized her own needs, she suffered long-term injury to both of her knees and it took a year of physical therapy to be able to walk up stairs again. After she recovered, she realized the deeper significance of yoga in her life as a way to manage unexpected events and strain, and then decided to become a yoga instructor. Her teaching focus is on yoga therapy for injury recovery and stress management. Her commitment is to bring stressed out, irritable, overwhelmed type A’s a sense of relief and ease.
Adri began practicing Iyengar-influenced Hatha yoga in 2003 under Wanda Bishop, who was also one of her Early Childhood Education instructors. After years of doing, assisting, and occasionally teaching yoga, she completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Movement Center in Walnut Creek. She received certification in children’s yoga from It’s Yoga Kids (IYKC) and is a certified Relax and Renew Trainer®, studying under Judith Lasater in Restorative Yoga. She is also certified in prenatal and postnatal yoga, having completed her 85 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) certification at Yoga Garden SF. She also completed an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s clinical mindfulness work and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Adri Frick designed the Upama Yoga: Comparative Yoga Studies program by drawing on her experiences in yoga, teaching, and comparative studies. Her complete Curriculum Vitae is available here. In 2003, Adri Frick left high tech to go back to school. While working on transfer requirements she took classes in Early Childhood Education and yoga. As she continued in her studies in Comparative Literature and higher education, she continually recognized the connections and complementary elements of yoga, education, and comparatism.
In addition to her yoga practice and yoga teaching practice, she has extensive experience in teaching to variety of ages and subjects. Over the last decade, she tutored college students, taught a K-6 afterschool program for four years, volunteered in a local alternative education high school for several months, and from time to time substitute taught in a local preschool. She also worked for two years teaching a variety of classes in Business, Humanities, and Technology for Heald College (prior to its doomed acquisition by Corinthian Colleges), drawing upon both her education and prior work experience in high tech and printing/graphic design.
She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s from SFSU in Comparative Literature, which also informs her yoga teaching practice. As a comparatist and independent scholar, she has published essays in several literary journals and one book, and presented at multiple national conferences.