Vinyasa Yoga simply means to move with the breath. It is often translated as "one breath, one movement" and therefore many Vinyasa classes are quite physically rigorous - think sweaty! My approach is slower and more mindful. You will move and take care of yourself, but can still go back to work after without taking a shower.
Level 1/2 Vinyasa
I use yoga to teach my students how to listen to their own bodies. Rather than teach one specific way of doing things, I cue students to try a few options and see what works for them.
Each month I have a different theme, appropriate for and sometimes directly related to the rhythm of the year. Past themes have included "Backline of the Body: Fascia, Foamrolling, and Forward Folds," "Savasana: Exploring Death, Rest, and Letting Go" in November, "Cultivating a Home Practice" in May (before everyone heads off for summer travels!), and "Self Love and Heart Openers" for February and Valentine's Day.
Level 1/2 classes are appropriate for beginners as well as seasoned yoga practitioners who prefer a slower, more gentle class.
Level 2/3 Vinyasa
I taught L2/3 classes for three years and sometimes sub them. I maintain the same attitude and approach as L1/2, but incorporate more physically challenging poses. For experienced practitioners.
I teach classes and workshops on women's pelvic floor health. My most recent workshop was "Caring for the Post-Partum Pelvic Floor," a training for yoga teachers on how to educate their students about post-partum pelvic floor health challenges (incontinence and painful sex) in their pre-natal and post-natal classes, in April 2016. I also teach private workshops on Yoga for V Pain. For more in-depth descriptions, go here.
Restorative yoga is the practice of supporting our body at rest.
Using a variety of props, such as pillows and blankets, the student is positioned in ways to activate their parasympathetic nervous system, aka the "rest and digest" function, to promote healing and maintenance of the body. To get the fullest benefit, a one hour session may have only two or three poses! While restorative yoga is beneficial for just about everyone in these busy times, it is especially helpful for those facing a major physical or emotional challenge, such as an illness or period of grief.
I studied under Judith Hanson Lasater, a student of BKS Iyengar who is widely considered the "godmother" of restorative yoga, and am a certified by her as a Relax and Renew© teacher.
Cultivating a Home Practice
If you take piano lessons, you would of course expect yourself to practice between each lesson! And yet as yoga migrated and blended with the American physical fitness industry, this rich and juicy aspect of yoga got left behind.
In addition to weaving this into my public classes, I am also available for private sessions to coach you in building your own juicy, rewarding, home practice!
Workshops & Private Sessions
I love teaching workshops and private individual sessions on the following topics:
- Cultivating a Home Practice (Vinyasa, Restorative, or a Blend)
- Yoga for Healing V Pain
- Caring for the Post-Partum Pelvic Floor (versions available for both the general public and yoga teachers)
- Restorative Yoga (for sessions in a private home, no need to buy props - we can get creative and use your own blankets and pillows)
All topics are available as private or semi-private in-home sessions, or as public workshops.