Elevate your practice & learn more about Yoga! As a Registered Yoga Teacher and Graduate from the American Fitness and Nutrition Academy, I have learned to be passionate about reconnecting my students to their breath, to their center and to their awareness. I love being able to adapt postures and approaches for my students to help show Yoga can be accessible and available to all. Since my youth, I have known chronic pain whether I was its caretaker for others or it was my own which began my path on holistic wellness and brought me to Restorative Yoga (also known as "Yin"). I offer Adaptive Yoga for those who may be physically limited, such as amputees, or those in need of creative solutions to enhance their practice and overcome challenge. As my student you will come to learn that Yoga is not getting into the perfect shape, but the journey you take to arrive on the mat everyday.
As a Junior Olympian who constantly pushed the known limits of their body, I am familiar with the pain of an athlete and I feel the aches of loving family fiercely and wanting to keep up with them as we grow. As a Veteran, I know the pain with and without form which accompanies trauma. With a deep understanding of human anatomy, kinesiology and energetic systems, I can help safely guide you on your yogic journey toward BALANCE & awareness.
Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga. This style typically offers an introduction to the most foundational yoga postures you can build your practice upon. You probably won't work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving your mat feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Ashtanga is a more rigorous style of yoga that is based on ancient yoga teachings introduced to the West in the 1970s by K. Pattabhi Jois. Fundamentally, this style can be recognized by a specific sequence of postures performed in an exact order, linking every movement to a breath. This is a physically demanding practice that benefits the physical body and strengthens the mind.
Restorative yoga is a wonderful way to relax and soothe frayed nerves due to the stress of our everyday lives. Also described as Yin yoga, restorative classes use bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students into passive poses so the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort. A good restorative class is more rejuvenating than a nap and hugely beneficial for improving joint health.
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word for a phrase that roughly translates as "to place in a special way," referring to a sequence of poses. These classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practice and combined with the intention of linking breath to movement. If you enjoy more spontaneity in your asana and love to test your physical limits, try this style and find your Vinyasa flow.
Iyengar yoga is a meticulous style of yoga that was developed and popularized by B.K.S. Iyengar. This style focuses on attention paid to finding the proper alignment in a pose, often utilizing will a wide array of props like blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and bolsters. Although you may not get your heart rate up in an Iyengar class, open yourself to a new challenge and you may discover how physically and mentally challenging it is to find stillness.
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