Classical Hatha Influenced Vinyasa
I believe that nothing good happens overnight. Nothing that is worthwhile happens immediately. This can be a struggle to comprehend living in a world where we have expectations On Demand, where the next best thing is always just around the corner and everything is built to be disposable or become obsolete. My yoga practice and as a result my teaching, reflect a strong urge to work against this mentality. To slow things down, observe where we are in that moment, and turn our awareness inward. This can take time. Months, years, even a lifetime. This is a journey. This is a practice. Look around and take in some of the scenery. And it looks different to everyone. It invokes a different feeling in everyone. That’s why its so important to slow your practice down. To fully experience each pose, letting it become a meditation in and of itself. To find the stillness, for there lies the wisdom. Do be able to draw your own connections as we flow from one pose to the next, rather than trying to keep up with the teacher or the rest of the class. We all have a teacher within us, our own inner wisdom. My role is to be a guide of this inner wilderness, to show you the trails and passes I know. How to follow tracks. How to find the wisdom in the wilderness within.
Yoga for the Special Child
I believe that yoga holds gifts and benefits for every person. With that being said, these benefits are not accessible to everyone using the same ways and means. Some people may have some special needs. As a Yoga for the Special Child licensed practitioner, I have been trained in depth to teach yoga to children with special needs, including but not limited to cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and more. Children with special needs can start experiencing the benefits of yoga from infancy to young adulthood, meeting the child where they are in physical, mental, and emotional development in a compassionate and supportive manner. Yoga for the Special Child is a worldwide recognized method developed by Sonia Sumar, who developed this system of therapeutic yoga in the 1970s when her daughter, Roberta, was born with Down syndrome.Learn more about Yoga for the Special Child here. In addition to this training I have over seven years working and volunteering experience with children and adults with special needs in direct care and therapeutic recreation settings.
Iyengar Style Wall Yoga
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga can be intimidating. You might see someone in a pose that looks very complicated or difficult and say “I can’t do that. I’m not flexible. I can’t even touch my toes…” That may be where you are in that moment, but you do not have to stay in that place in every moment. There are things you can do today that you did not know yesterday, and things you can’t you may learn tomorrow. Again, this is a journey and a practice. Just as one does not take a single karate lesson and suddenly be able to break cinder blocks, or pick up a guitar and expect to play the solo from “Free Bird”. With the Great Yoga Wall system, inspired by pioneering guru B.K.S. Iyengar, various props including straps and belts firmly attached to a wall, one is able to be supported and safely guided into the full expression of every pose. Developed by Bryan Legere, whom I have personally trained with, this system allows the body to fully experience each pose and develop the muscle memory to explore working and practicing towards being in the pose without any support. For a more detailed explination of the Great Yoga Wall, click here.