Yoga means “to create union, to join, to tie the strands of the mind together.” With this concept I teach a practice of asanas (postures) that flow seamlessly together, connected and led by awareness of breath, in a moving meditation that joins the body, breath, mind and spirit to move together as one.
Beginner – intermediate level: After the body is initially warmed-up through sun salutations, we begin to hold static postures for a few breaths to work on alignment, creating space in the body and directing breath / Prana (vital life force energy) to release mental and physical tension.
Hatha / Vinyasa Flow
Beginner – advanced level: A sequence of postures that focus on linking breath to movement through transitions from one posture to the next, creating a fluid, moving meditation. Sequences work through all areas of the body, including standing, seated, spinal twists, forward and back bends, inversions and relaxation. Great for those who need to move their bodies to build heat and burn impurities.
A practice of reclining postures utilizing a multitude of props to effortlessly gain the benefits of a well-rounded Yoga practice. Zero impact, great for any level. Perfect for those who suffer from anxiety, stress and restlessness and could benefit from deep relaxation. I call this “dessert yoga” because it is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Ergonomic / Office Yoga
Simple stretches that can be performed standing or seated, focusing on common areas of the body that are affected from sitting at a desk or doing general office tasks. For any level, it can be practiced in a conference room, office space and even in an office chair.
Pranayama (vital life force expansion) uses various methods of working with and controlling the breath while cleansing Nadis (energy channels) within the body. These practices can be incorporated into a Hatha or Flow class or can be practiced on their own in reclining or seated postures.
Develop a comfortable seated posture, breath awareness and work toward stilling the mind. It can include cultivating positive thinking, awareness of body and thought patterns, mudras (hand gestures), chakras (energy-centers) and visualizations. Meditation can be incorporated into a Hatha or Flow class and can be practiced on its own in seated postures.