If you are new to yoga, or even if you have never stepped foot in a studio, it can be easy to believe that when we 'do yoga', we are transforming ourselves into a pretzel. That if you can't touch your toes, you have no place here.
Yes, yoga can be a practice where we twist into various shapes, balance on unsuspecting body parts, and look like we are playing Twister.
But yoga is so much more than that.
Yoga is learning how to breathe when we are holding an uncomfortable pose.
It is learning that we don't need to judge our experience by what our neighbor is doing.
It is learning how to laugh at ourselves when things don't go as planned.
When we learn to do this on the mat, it seamlessly translates off of the mat.
So the next time you are sitting in ridiculous traffic, you know how to turn to your breath.
The next time you do poorly on a test or a project at work, you are able to say 'It's ok, I'll try again.'
When you are seeing your world crumble around you and have no idea what comes next, you are able to say 'I'll be ok.'
Yoga reminds you of the strength you didn't remember you had - both physical and emotional.
Yoga reminds us to show compassion to others, and also to ourselves.
Yoga reminds us that when our world falls apart, that doesn't mean that we fall apart.
Yoga teaches us that the world is always conspiring in our favor, even when it's not easy.
But we start to learn all of this by sitting on our mats, learning to breathe into our diaphragm versus our chest, and tuning in to the rhythms of our body, testing its boundaries and finding success when we surprise ourselves with all of the amazing things we can do.
Yoga has saved my life many times over, and I love sharing it with others. As my teaching career has shifted and evolved over the years, I am now mostly teaching gentle classes designed to open the heart and simply learn how to be with things as they are.
Please join me as we develop a greater capacity for all that life has to offer.
Together, on our mats, with our breath.
Learn to ease into your body, build strength and flexibility while using your breath to create balance and harmony in body and mind. Beginners welcome here!
Restorative Yoga is done on the floor - long holds in cozy positions supported by soft props. Practicing restorative yoga is giving ourselves permission to slow down.
Yin Yoga is also done on the floor, holding poses for 3-7 minutes at a time. Deep stretches target the connective tissue of the body, leading to opening and release.