Yoga Asana Class Offerings
There are many styles and lineages of yoga practice. In the US, yoga has become progressively more of a "work out" than the mindful, precise movements of a more traditional practice.
I encourage people to try several different types of yoga to see what best works for them. People often ask me to to describe my classes and teaching style. I find this sometimes difficult to do, as I also endeavor to keep classes interesting and ever-evolving.
Here are few things that I do NOT do:
- Encourage people to work harder to get a "hot body" or a "beach-ready body". We all have bodies. I encourage you to celebrate yours JUST AS IT IS. Seriously, you're beautiful.
- Play music so loudly that you cannot hear my cues. I love creating and sharing my playlists but I won't drown you in sound when you're trying to move, breathe, and ultimately clear your head.
- Lead a class through two complicated vinyasa sequences and then leave you to "flow on your own". You've paid for instruction and it is my job to deliver that to you.
- Touch you without reason. Adjustments are made to create a safer, more stable posture and I give hands-on adjustments sparingly and with your permission. My goal is to empower you to your own sense of body-awareness so that you can adjust your own body based on verbal guidance and cues.
- Talk for long periods about the philosophical aspects of yoga. Classes are 60 minutes long and I appreciate that you came to move and breathe in your body, not receive a long lecture. If you're interested in knowing more about yoga philosophy and history, ask me and we can arrange for coffee and a serious yoga discussion!
Please know that I do not object to the above bullet points as valid styles that many, many people really enjoy teaching and practicing! If you are desiring a "flow on your own" experience, you will NOT like my classes. My goal is to let you know how I lead a class. What is most important is that whatever class you find yourself in, you should always listen to your body. While there can be discomfort at times as one deepens a pose, pain should never be a part of any asana practice.
(Names are different between studios.)
- Gentle Yoga/ Yoga 1: This is a good class for beginner's or for someone looking for a more restorative class. Postures are taught in a way that allows for modifications if desired. This is a non-flow (not vinyasa) class that begins with a meditative space, followed by gentle spinal warm-ups, standing postures, a couple of balancing poses, seated floor stretches, gentle twists and savasana.
- Vinyasa: This flowing, alignment-based class moves through foundational postures to create endurance-based flows. The breaths are instructed with the physical cues throughout the practice so students stay engaged with the energetic intelligence that makes for a smooth sequence. The class winds down with a few restorative cooling postures and savasana. Modifications can be made as necessary.
- Core Vinyasa: Similar to a standard vinyasa class but a little more challenging, Core Vinyasa is for the intermediate practitioner to focus on building strength through many chaturangas, planks, arm balances, standing balances, core work, and trickier transitions.
- Ashtanga Primary Short-Form: This is a modified and shortened version of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The sequence is the same every time: We begin with 5 Surya Namaskar A's, 5 Surya Namaskar B's and then move on to the standing postures, the seated postures, before rounding out with an inversion, some twists, and savasana. This is an excellent class for students looking to refine their alignment and postures that may come and go too quickly in a vinyasa class.
- Yin Yoga: This is non-flow class that relies on long-held passive postures (3-5 minutes per pose/per side of the body) to go beyond the muscles and into the deeper layers of fascia and tendons. 5-7 poses maximum are taught throughout a class. Don't come to this class over-caffeinated! This is the time to close your eyes and be present to the slow (sometimes intense) release that occurs throughout the body and the mind.