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 8:30 am: Yoga for Strength & Stability
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: Yoga for Strength & Stability
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.