Style of Teaching

 

My classes take you on a journey through restorative asana (poses) and vinyasa flow sequences focused on linking the breath to movement. An opening sequence includes restorative asana, often supported by props, and a centering meditation. We set an intention for the practice and invite our whole self to be present. An active flow of asana follows, exploring various concepts (weight-distribution, spatial-intent, and effort-intent) and phrasing of moving in and out of postures. Attention to muscular-skeletal alignment and breath awareness encourages students to listen and make choices for oneself in the moment. Interweaving our personal intention intermittently throughout class we discover the transformational change of yoga, coming full circle with seated and reclined postures aimed to relax the nervous system as well as the muscles and fascia and concluding with the blissful rest of savasana (corpse pose).

weekly Yoga Classes at Jewel City Yoga, Loom Yoga Projct, & subbing at yogaworks.

Mondays
Open & Align | 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Jewel City Yoga
All Flow | 12 pm - 1 pm, Loom Yoga, Williamsburg
All Flow | 6 pm - 7 pm, Loom Yoga, Bushwick

Tuesdays
Gentle Flow | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Loom Yoga, Williamsburg
All Flow | 7:10 pm - 8:25 pm*, Loom Yoga, Williamsburg
*Starting June 20th, this class time changes to 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Wednesdays
Kundalini Flow | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Jewel City Yoga

Thursdays
Gentle Flow | 12 pm - 1 pm, Loom Yoga, Williamsburg
All Flow | 7:10 pm - 8:25 pm,  Loom Yoga, Bushwick

 


WORKSHOPs


Therapeutic Yoga Series | Offered as a single workshop or in series designed especially for your community

This Yoga Therapy series is designed to focus holistically on a particular area of the body associated with chronic pain, common injury, or rehabilitation with Yoga Therapy and Somatic Movement Therapy modalities. Each class in the series begins with relaxation through selected yoga asana (postures), mindfulness practices, and breath work selected for the particular thematic according to the particular body area of focus. After reaching a place of ease and relaxation, we move on to build strength where we need stability and increase flow where we need mobility.

Class Sample Themes have included, but are not limited to:

  • Pelvis and Lower back
  • Knees and feet
  • Restoratives for the Back and Knees
  • Shoulders and wrists

Class Description

In this Yoga Therapeutics series, we learn restorative yoga and yoga therapeutics in tandem with Somatic Movement therapy aimed to create conditions where our body can heal itself. By shifting into the relaxation response, the chemistry in the body changes into the parasympathetic /rest and digest aspect of the nervous system and we allow ourself to heal. We can move and find stillness with more comfort and ease. Experiential anatomy lessons, as well as movement concepts from Bartenieff Fundamentals (known as BF), will help guide us in our own process of healing and gaining more range of movement and movement choices! Come for one or any of the classes in the series. No experience necessary! 

Yoga & the Four-Elements of True Love | Exploring the four elements of love through yoga Asana, Pranayama, and the spiritual anatomy of the heart

Each workshop in the series will focus on one of the four elements of true love:

  • Loving-Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Joy
  • Equanimity

Explore and cultivate the giving and receiving of love through intentional vinyasa sequences, pranayama, and restorative asana in combination with the somatic therapy as a way to integrate the elements of ‘true love’ (as discussed by Buddhism) into our yoga practice and our lives. We will learn principles and patterns of movement and the mind through the anatomy of the breath and the body as it applies to yoga asana and pranayama in order deepen our awareness, understanding, and embodiment of the four key aspects of love: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.

The class will start every week with a centering meditation exploring the spatial awareness in the inner architecture of our heart center, energetically, anatomically and somatically, connecting directly with our breath. We use this opening to tune inward and draw our whole self into union with the present moment.

Following the centering meditation (and if there is any discussion as offered above) we will have the opportunity to choose a guiding question about the particular theme for that week’s class (one of the four elements of love: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity). Paper will be provided to make a note, drawing, or an image for this intention. With this in mind, I will lead an asana practice with a sequence to connect with the movement qualities of the given theme and targeted to open the areas of the body and energy centers of the body supporting deeper awareness and action with the given thematic element of love.

The class concludes with either a short series of restorative asana and pranayama or a guided meditation / visualization to conclude our practice around the given theme.

*There will be some time allotted at the end of every class as well as at the opening of the following week classes in the series for sharing personal reflection, questions, and/or experiences based out of this practice.