I am not flexible, can I do yoga?
Yes! Anyone can do yoga as it encompasses breath work, stretching, movement and holding postures. As an instructor, I value each person as an individual guiding with alignment cues and encouraging each person to meet their body where its at in that moment.
What is Vinyasa (term used in class)?
The vinyasa term used in a class a is a specific sequence of poses. The sequence consists of chaturanga to upward facing dog or baby cobra to downward facing dog.
What is the difference between Yoga Nidra and Meditation
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation done in savasana and Meditation is typically done seated. In a seated meditation practice one will focus on a single point whereas Yoga Nidra will guide your attention to specific places through a series of steps. Yoga Nidra takes you to that space in between sleep and awake. In both practices the mind is conscious.
How do you choreograph your class practice?
I love this question that one of my students recently asked me. I have a few mini-series of natural flowing yoga postures (about 4-5) that I learn from being a student, watching videos and practicing for myself. When someone requests to work on shoulders, hips or anything in particular, I use what I already know and string it together in the moment. If there are no special requests, I do my best to feel the overall mood of the class and tailor it to be in sync with the energies as well as guiding each person to find their own inner peace and balance.
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