My practice of Yoga
A LITTLE ABOUT ME :: For the better part of my life, I've been expressing myself through dance, and my yoga practice & instruction reflects this foundation. I teach to inform students, not how to make shapes or fit into a certain mold, but how to establish an intuitive sense of structure & balance within one's physical form, and from that sense of personal awareness, how we can feel our inherent grace & lightness (yes -- you are full of grace!) flow forth. The Yogic tradition is powerful and transformational, and I truly believe it's positive influence can benefit every body and every mind.
Breath is the vehicle through which transformation is made possible. Anchoring our attention in the present moment, the fire of that attention illuminates the hidden world of our subconscious that we may seldom “hear” but greatly informs our human experience all the same. With the breath as our guide, we can safely and genuinely dive deep, seeing where old thought patterns continue to hold us back and discovering new ways of relating to our physical bodies in the process. The practice of Vinyasa-based yoga honors the breath and sets the foundation for a dynamic, purpose-driven and heart-opening flow.
My open level classes are set at a mellow, intentional pace with the purpose of strengthening your inner resolve and deepening your physical expression. Practitioners can expect a well-rounded practice with thorough centering & warm-up, adaptable standing sequences for strength and stamina-building, and sweet cool down poses to foster devotion and gratitude. Classes will sometimes feature guidance into more physically challenging poses, such as inversions, arm balances and binds, but all bodies will be accommodated for.
Welcome to your flow.
The classes I instruct are an homage to my teachers and the lineages from which their teachings stem. They have shaped me into the teacher and human that I am today. A deep reverence of anatomical design implies the Ashtanga-based roots of my first YTT; my gravitation towards a compassionate, intelligent approach to alignment demonstrates the infusion of Bhakti yoga and a true calling to make the practice of yoga accessible to all.
Everything holds meaning; every moment is deep, vast, an opportunity acknowledge the beauty of existence. I am committed to continuing my own growth and practices of self-study, and aim always to remind my students of our shared human-ness.
SLOW FLOW & RESTORE: A midweek class to help you unwind. This 90min asana and restorative yoga class begins with gentle, opening movements focused on stabilizing the joints, lengthening muscles and developing connection to breath. Pure relaxation rounds out the second half of class as practitioners are guided through restorative postures geared towards rebalancing the nervous system and supporting release throughout the body. Join us for this thoroughly nourishing class, designed to help you move through your week with ease.
RESTORATIVE SUNDAYS: All the adjustments, all the props, all the healing that breath and stillness can deliver. Part therapeutic acupressure, part gentle asana, these sessions are dedicated to helping each student feel revived, nurtured and balanced. Restorative yoga is a simple yet profound antidote for our overly busy lifestyles. Consider this your monthly ritual to unplug, reconnect and replenish.
EMBODIED STRETCH & RELEASE: Rise, stretch & shine! This is a dance-inspired warm up-centric class meant for anyone who loves to move. Class begins with slow and gently exploration on our backs, working gradually into greater ranges of motion, and culminating in an experience that leaves you feeling aware and alive from head to toe. No dance experience necessary, and no mats required! Come get curious and love the skin you’re in.
SOUL GROOVE: EVERYBODY is invited- whether you're a stage maven, a closet boogey down-er, a self-described "living without a rhythmic bone in my body-er" - to participate in this uplifting dance class that's all about getting down! The goal of this class is to learn the basics of simple repetitive choreography and to explore all the ways that your little grooves can be built upon and modified so that you can approach any beat, jam, riff or breakdown with style and musicality. You can expect a juicy, activating warm-up, 90 minutes of hip-swaying, booty-moving, heart-pumping music, and all the room to laugh, get playful, open up and feel confident on the dance floor. Move to the music and embrace the fact that everyone CAN and SHOULD dance!
AYURVEDIC FLOW: Align your yoga practice with the qualities that present in this season, on this day, exactly as you are. Ayurveda, the "science of life" offers us an elegant perspective from which to witness your Self in any state of balance and to meet this nature in flow. This class begins with a guided integration to notice what is showing up in our bodies, breath and being. We then move gently into yoga flow and deepening breath to meet these qualities, call in constitutional balance and strengthen our practice with an organic, moderate session. When life is hard, may we be soft. When the season is cold, may we find warmth. When our world moves fast, may our practice slow down and bring us to harmony, grace and health. This class is open to all levels of practice, come as you are and flow with the beauty of Ayurveda.