What Style of Yoga Fits You?
I'm qualified to teach Vinyasa, Yin and Children/Family yoga ,meditation, yoga nidra, prenatal, postnatal and Baby& Me yoga classes.. Read the descriptions below to determine which style of yoga is right for you and your lifestyle. I also offer customized classes for children's birthday parties, bridal showers and other similar events.
Translated from the original Sanskrit, Vinyasa means, “to place in a special way.” In this style of yoga, movement is synchronized to breath and poses are sequenced to create a smooth flow. The breath becomes an important component as the practitioner moves from one pose to the next on an inhalation or exhalation. Vinyasa yoga energizes and invigorates and encourages the mind-body connection. A well-designed Vinyasa flow provides heart-healthy movement that benefits the muscles and joints. While some Vinyasa classes take place in a heated and humidified room, allowing students to achieve greater depth in the poses, almost any environment can be easily adapted for use as a yoga space. If you have a yoga mat and some time for yourself, you are ready now!
Many of us are familiar with the ancient concept of yin and yang, representing equal and opposite qualities that exist depending upon each other in all things. If we consider Vinyasa flow yoga as a yang practice, with its vigorous and stimulating qualities, yin yoga provides an opportunity for depth and stillness. Yin yoga is based on three principles: 1) coming to the appropriate depth in the pose; 2) cultivating stillness in the pose; and 3) staying in the pose for time. Yin yoga sequences typically include only a few poses and students use props such as blocks, bolsters and blankets to support each posture. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues in our bodies that faster paced practices do not address. Yin yoga increases flexibility and provides a wonderful opportunity for a deeply personal and meditative practice.
Children's & Family Yoga
As yoga guru H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda so beautifully stated, “Children come into this world very pure. It is up to the adults to help them stay bright, strong and healthy." Yoga offers incomparable benefits for developing minds and bodies. Children who practice yoga increase their strength and flexibility and learn to appreciate stillness. In today’s world, children experience a significant amount of stress in their daily lives. Yoga provides a safe, fun and healthy way for kids to get in touch with themselves, with others and with the world around them. Families who practice together enjoy bonding in a screen-free environment. Consider a yoga birthday party as a great way to entertain, educate and relax your kids.
Prenatal, postnatal and Mom & Baby Yoga
For many people, pregnancy can be the most special time of their lives. During this time, the expectant mom's body undergoes dramatic changes which can be felt on physical and emotional levels. What a perfect time to practice gentle yoga, specially sequenced to support the pregnant woman and promote the bonding experience. Certified prenatal and postnatal instructors work with you to make your practice an enjoyable and unique way to prepare for the big event. And after the birth, postnatal and Baby and Me yoga classes provide the perfect bonding break in a hectic day.
Yoga nidra is a guided meditation done while lying comfortably on a mat, supported by bolsters, blankets or any other creature comforts. With closed eyes, the practitioners only need to listen and relax and the teacher leads them on a journey. Yoga nidra provides an opportunity for deep relaxation, helping to ease stress and increase awareness.