The word comes from Sanskrit for "union." I like to describe yoga as the union of body, mind, and breath.
Yoga is a 5,000 year old tradition with many branches and styles developing over the centuries. My style comes from the hatha-vinyasa traditions and is especially influenced by teachers Tara Stiles and Liz Lindh.
In my Vinyasa Yoga classes (sometimes called Flow Yoga), we practice consciously linking our movements to our breath. This both energizes and calms, helps to focus the mind, and allows us to meet challenges with more ease. In my Restorative Yoga classes, we surrender fully into rest for gentle stretching of the body and complete nourishment and relaxation.
What happens in your yoga classes?
My Vinyasa classes have elements of stretching, strengthening, cardio, balance, and rest, so you'll get it all! Typically we start with a seated breathing exercise, followed by a warm-up, then the majority of our time is spent flowing through yoga sequences and poses. We close with a cool-down, a final relaxation (called savasana), and finally seated breathing again.
I plan each class to achieve certain effects, such as strengthening a particular part of the body, developing a specific type of balance, raising the heart rate, etc. Every class is different, to ensure students' progress and variety, though there are some constants you'll learn to expect. I also offer options for the movements, to ensure all students feel great, regardless of experience or ability.
The focus is always on moving how it feels good to move, fueled by the breath. And the goal is to leave feeling happier, lighter, calmer, and more focused, so you can give and do more of what matters to you.
Should I bring any equipment with me?
Unless otherwise specified in registration instructions, the gyms/studios provide yoga mats and other props you may wish to use in my group classes. For private lessons or yoga parties, bringing a mat is helpful but not required.
What should I wear?
Anything you can move comfortably in. I am often in leggings and a t-shirt or tank top. You might like to have a sweater or sweatshirt, in case the room is cool before or after we're moving around.
We typically practice barefoot, to avoid slipping, but you might like to have socks handy while we warm-up or cool-down.
What if I'm a beginner?
Awesome! I love beginners! As a kind stranger said to me the night before my Yoga Teacher Training, "The world needs more yogis."
I'd ask you to let me know in advance, either by email or in the studio before class, that you're new to yoga. I can provide an overview of what to expect in the class and appreciate an opportunity to get to know you and any questions or concerns you may have.
Some students prefer to start yoga in a more private setting, which allows individualized time together. If this interests you, please contact me or read more about Private Lessons here.
I sincerely look forward to meeting you!
Can I do yoga if I have physical limitations (injuries, pregnancy, differently-abled bodies, etc.)?
If you are being treated for a medical condition, please check with your doctor first, but yoga may be perfect for you! Every class offers modifications, and I am happy to work with you on your unique needs. I myself have history with injury, surgery, and resulting imbalances, so I understand the need for personalized experiences and listening to your body.
Please let me know in advance, either by email or in the studio before class, if you have any limitations or concerns. I'll be here to support you if and when you are ready.