The yoga I teach is therapeutic in nature, alignment focused, and based on the individual needs of students.
So much more than exercise; I offer the physical asana (postures) interwoven with deeper spiritual, philosophical, and energetic teachings.
I draw on my experience as a holistic practitioner as well as my study of a variety of traditions including Yoga Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Theravadin Buddhism.
Students who attend drop in classes are encouraged to consistently attend class and to develop a home practice. My students appreciate the warm and welcoming container I provide which allows one to dive more fully into the experience yoga and meditation provides.
The following is a brief description of some of the classes I teach.
Yin Yoga explores postures in a passive receptive way. Postures are explored for up to 5 minutes allowing the body to slowly open and the mind to calm. This way of practicing puts gentle pressure on the connective tissue and the more subtle meridian system allowing for greater flexibility and energy flow. Various techniques, readings, and quotes gently inspire the class.
Therapeutic Alignment Based Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is the foundation for most types of yoga seen today. During active yoga classes I teach based on a thorough understanding of anatomical and energetic principles. Through practicing physical postures students focus on alignment, balance and strength regardless of skill level and ability. In addition, meditation and breath work during class invites integration of body, mind and heart.
Yin Yang Yoga
The yin yang practice encompasses both an active (yang) portion and a passive (yin) portion. The yang practice is dynamic and aims to build strength. The yin portion is a slower more contemplative practice mostly consisting of floor postures aimed at creating flexibility and mobility in the body and mind.
In restorative yoga the body is invited to let go allowing you to find a place of deep rest. By using postures that are completely supported by props such as blankets, cushions, and blocks, deeper tissues and systems are nourished. By soothing the nervous, immune, and energetic system the restorative practice is an incredibly healing practice for the body, mind, and heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center offers a Mindful Yoga and Meditation yoga teacher training which allows teachers to more fully integrate mindfulness techniques and philosophy into any yoga class. I am grateful to be a part of this tradition and incorporate mindfulness techniques into many of my classes.