Peach Friedman, E-RYT 500, has been studying the system of yoga since 1997, and began teaching yoga + other movement practices from her family’s studio in 2001.
Also the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir, Diary of an Exercise Addict, Peach has worked for over a decade helping women recover from eating disorders, both in the clinical setting, as well as through special retreats, workshops, and other offerings.
A poet and a deep seeker, Peach earned her BA in Writing from Naropa University in 2001 with a minor in Traditional Eastern Arts, and her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in 2006, where her thesis, a book of poems entitled The Body Does Not Rise, examined her relationship between the physical body and the written word.
Exposed to yoga from a young age, Peach’s practice developed seriously at the age of seventeen when she was first introduced to Integral Yoga as taught by students of Swami Satchidananda. When she was twenty-one, grief and unexpressed fears married with Peach’s fascination of her body’s boundaries, and she developed anorexia, from which she recovered with an increased curiosity to both understand, and better care for, her body.
For several years Peach studied closely with Cori Martinez, under whose direct guidance she developed her teacher training school. Peach is passionate about her own yoga education, and furthering the education of others. She is currently continuing her yoga study with celebrated teachers Noah Maze, Gina Minyard, Cherie Healey, and Sianna Sherman. After spending two years studying Applied Psychology for Yogis with Livia Cohen-Shapiro, Peach is honored to now be a TA and guest faculty for Livia’s online school.
Peach’s classes emphasize skillful alignment. She is known for challenging classes (expect to work hard!) that aim to balance the relationship between stability and mobility, as well as the relationship between the pose and the person. Peach weaves in teachings of the philosophy & science of yoga while guiding students through the postures. She is as passionate in the yoga studio as she is off her mat: Peach’s classes are bold and balanced experiences intended to inject you with inspiration to lead a wild & peaceful life.
Peach recently sold her yoga studio in Auburn, Alabama, and has relocated to San Luis Obispo, California, where she teaches weekly classes, workshops, and trainings locally and nationwide.
She has two kids, a cute husband, lots of bikes, and a love of good chocolate.