Please see the schedule page for current classes and other activities! Below are descriptions of classes I like to teach...
Yin yoga is based on Taoist principles and the principles of interacting with the fascial system. As such, yin involves softening or sinking into seated or lying-down postures, following the body's path of least resistance, and staying in postures for several minutes. There are psychological/mental as well as physical intentions for the practice. At a physical level, yin can maintain or improve range of motion by gently pressing into joints, and the compression provided by the body's passive pressure helps release restrictions in the fascial system, which can have many positive effects. At a psychological/mental level, yin gently challenges us to be present with our own experience, whatever sensations, emotions, or thoughts it happens to hold (including the uncomfortable stuff we might normally not-so-consciously veer away from). In this way, yin can be viewed as a practice of acceptance in which we cultivate receptivity rather than reactivity. The real gift of this is that once we get better at listening (the yin) we can use this to act--intentionally--based on what we observe (the yin informs the yang). As it is, as a people, we are generally very unbalanced in the direction of acting all the time without taking a moment to observe--no wonder a lot of actions spin out of control--this is the equivalent of talking all the time and never listening (becomes nonsense!). So, think of the yin practice as support in developing a balanced conversational (life) strategy that involves both speaking and listening--how could you be better engaged with the world? Wear comfortable clothing in which you can keep warm (we do not work up a sweat!) and please have pillows and blankets or towels around for props.
Yoga nidra is a form of guided meditation intended to help you move through levels of self-identification to reset the nervous system and clear yourself of stale energies/patterns. Headphones are recommended as this is a listening practice. Feedback from students: helps with sleep, can generate feeling of being spacious awareness (rather than limited temporal ego-self), can facilitate connection to inner self/guidance. All you need for this practice is a comfortable place in which you can relax your body (generally people lie down during this practice).
Yoga basics classes are gently active; they incorporate traditional standing, seated, and lying-down hatha yoga poses, as well as flowing movements. This practice is appropriate for beginners or anyone who appreciates a deliberate, intentional approach in which breath is used to coordinate movement and deepen body attention. Over time, this practice helps build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance. It is important to me that I provide instructions that help you really feel into your body in the different postures, so we do not move quickly. Wear clothes in which your movement is unrestricted, and please have a mat, blanket or towel, and perhaps a yoga brick around for props.