Yoga has been around for centuries, and over time many different styles of yoga have emerged. I think it’s really important to try different types of classes and teachers so you can find the one that resonates best with you.
I teach in the Vinyasa Style (see below) with an emphasis on alignment and moving with the breath. In my yoga classes, I create a warm, fun atmosphere so that you can feel free to explore the poses, and hopefully discover more about yourself through your yoga practice. While I focus on safe body alignment, I always work to strike a balance between alignment, flowing with the breath, and finding freedom to be in the poses in a way that feels right for you. Since I see a variety of people in my group classes, some working with injury, others with chronic tension, and then some just wanting to relieve stress and feel better in their bodies, I always offer modifications to poses. You’ll be encouraged to listen to your body, guided to modify or skip a pose, if need be and to rest when you need to. You’ll also have time to explore breathing practices, to reflect and meditate. I also share yoga teachings and philosophy in a very accessible way, so that you can begin to find ways to take the yoga off the mat and infuse it into your daily life.
I also love to teach Restorative Yoga (see below), as I find that we all need time to be still and quiet – super hard in the fast paced 21st century! I’ve found, as have my students, that by taking the time to rest and let the body be supported we feel calmer, more peaceful, and more present in our lives.
Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga where we consciously link our movements with our breath to create a flowing, fluid practice. As we inhale an actions occurs, and as we exhale something else occurs. We can practice this style slowly or more vigorously – but the emphasis is on the breath – keeping it steady, even, flowing, allowing it to lead us through the practice.
Restorative Yoga is about relaxing and restoring ourselves. And it’s through this restful practice that we recharge our batteries. In restorative yoga, we place the body in various reclining poses and support it with blankets and other yoga props so that our muscles can release and relax deeply. We use the breath to help the body let go of stress more easily and to help quiet the mind. It truly is the practice of being, not doing.
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