One size never fits all, especially in yoga and meditation! My approach to teaching is multifaceted:
- To balance the yin and yang of life by blending Yin Yoga, Yang Vinyasa Yoga and meditation – balancing stillness mixed with rhythmic movement
- To develop tools for dealing with stress and anxiety of everyday life
- To make yoga and meditation accessible to you, regardless of where you are starting from
- To focus on the anatomical aspects of your yoga practice and find the best functional fit of a yoga posture
Yin and Yang:
Everything in life has its yin or yang counterpart, an opposition that creates balance in our lives and in our yoga practice. Yin yoga can be very calming and quieting, whereas yang yoga is more vigorous. Everyday our physical, mental and emotional needs change depending on many factors, including our daily activities, time of day, and time of year. When we take time to listen to our own needs and create a balanced practice by combining both the yin and yang, a deep internal balance and mind-body connection can be created.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is an opportunity to enjoy an introspective yoga practice. There is a focus on the quiet and stillness within our bodies for a deep experience to counterbalance our normally active lives. With the use of longer holds and slow, meditative movements, classes provide the opportunity to enjoy mainly seated and floor postures for 3 – 5 minutes. The longer holds gently apply tension and compression to the joints and connective tissues of the body. This creates a sensation of space and freedom in areas of the body that cannot be easily accessed through our more vigorous muscular stretches. Students are encouraged to settle into postures in a way that suites their individual body and bone structure with an emphasis on identifying positive or negative sensation through compression and tension. The flow of class will focus on targeted areas of the body with an opportunity to explore the energy meridians as they correlate to each posture. Classes will also allow for the opportunity to explore meditation with a focus on the breath. Working within the stillness creates a space to explore openings in our bodies, minds, and hearts and to become curious about the sensations you are experiencing. Yin yoga class will be a place to drop expectations and to seek peace and contentment with where you are in the present moment.
What is Yang Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa Yoga is a more yang style of yoga that links the breath with the physical movement of our yoga postures. This is an energetic, flowing sequence with each posture building on the next. We work towards building strength, endurance, and flexibility in the body and mind. Targeting the muscles, we will build heat in the body to allow the muscles to prepare for deep stretching. Creating this heat first, increases the water and fluids in our muscles and often makes movement easier. Classes are both invigorating and relaxing, like a meditation in motion. Each class is different, so there is always an element of adventure and creativity.