My teaching philosophy
I've been practicing and teaching yoga for a long time, and I've tried most of the major styles of yoga, and many different teachers. I've also been injured by unsafe teaching a bunch of times, and I've injured myself too, by working past my safe edge, and striving for things I either wasn't ready for, or wasn't designed to achieve. So over time, I developed a philosophy of less pain, more gain; less risk, more reward. I call this philosophy "The Yoga You Need" - not because I think I'm the bomb and you need me, but because there is a difference between what we want, or think we are supposed to want, and what the body needs to be strong, healthy, balanced, stable, and free of pain. I take away a bunch of poses that serve no purpose to your wellbeing, and I add a bunch of things that make a huge difference to it. All my classes are a mix of traditional yoga poses and low intensity, core and deep muscle strengthening exercises similar to what you might find in a Pilates class or a Physical Therapy session. Each is a full body experience leaving you feeling stronger, stable, balanced, energized but also relaxed, and able to move through your day with less pain.
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 am: Hatha For Strength
Old School yoga classes often talked a lot about the benefits of stretching, but there are plenty of yoga poses that are incredibly useful for building strength, balance, and stability, and this class is going to focus on those. We'll build better Mountains, Chairs, Squats, Warriors, Triangles, Trees, Planks, Boats Bows and Bridges in this class, mixing in plenty of prep and recovery postures and ending with some gentle yummy stretching and a long relaxation.
Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 am: Yoga Fundamentals
Each class of fundamentals will work like a mini workshop of 1-3 postures from a traditional yoga class, with the whole class focused on preparation and alignment as we gradually build toward the peak - allowing you to safely and skillfully find yourself in your deepest, strongest, safest place when we get there. We work into each piece of the key poses step by step and then put it all together perfectly, before winding down with gentle recovery poses and a long relaxation.
Wednesday 8:30 am: Strength & Core Yoga Fusion
Yes, you do need to work those abs. But it doesn't have to be torture. In this class, you'll find a mix of the most empowering traditional yoga poses with strengthening exercises in short cycles to work on total body conditioning from your neck to your feet. After a long relaxation to integrate, you'll walk out feeling long, lean, strong, straight, and possibly even a little bit ripped.
Wednesday 5:30 pm: Strong Slow Flow
One of the most popular styles of modern yoga is "flow" - where you move smoothly from one posture to the next with graceful transitions, synced to your breath. Slow flow is builds heat (cardio) and strength with longer holds and repeating sequence patterns, taking you gradually and gracefully deeper and deeper, and then settling you down with some gentle hip opening, spine twisting, and a luxurious relaxation.
Sunday 8:30 am: Gentle Hatha
When I say gentle, I don't mean easy, or lazy. We are still going to work on deep strength, stability, balance, and pain freedom, and on skillful execution of the poses. We're just going to work into it more slowly, less intensely, and offer more of the deep, juicy stretching poses your body wants and needs after a typical busy week. Even on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you want to feel fantastic. This class sets you up for a great relaxing day.