movement & stillness to ignite your glow
"In the body-mind-spirit practice of Hatha yoga, we are becoming more and more aware of how we move, how we position our bodies, how we breathe, where we are in our minds, how we feel throughout our being, how we might move into a sense of stillness."
In-studio and in-home classes are offered.
You can also request an outdoor class in the warmer seasons!
The majority of my classes are under the umbrella of Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga is the most common type of yoga taught in the Western world, and there are many different styles.
Hatha Yoga, in its direct translation from Sanskrit, means to unite the sun and the moon. When practicing, this becomes the uniting of the breath with our movement.
In the West, Hatha Yoga refers to a physical yoga (there are other types of yoga where movement is not involved). There are many types of Hatha Yoga (Iyengar, Power, Ashtanga...), but in a general Hatha class you will see poses/postures that are held for a few breaths. This gives you the time to explore the pose, feel its energy, and work with the breath to create YOUR best version of that pose in the present moment. Everybody and every BODY is different, so there is no "perfect" pose. Your teacher will guide you to ensure that you are practicing safely, and the rest is for you to experience!
"In consciously flowing in Hatha yoga practice, there are two sources of guidance: the outer teacher and the inner teacher. Their roles are similar even while their experiences of what is happening in the moment are different. Both are listening, watching, using what they feel and know to adjust and refine in ways that create a more beautiful experience. The inner teacher is ultimately the best guide, using physical sensations, emotional states, and knowledge to find what feels right. The outer teacher - being trained and well practiced in sensing how subtle energy flows in the body, how muscles and joints work and possible risks of injury, how to modify asanas tu cultivate ease and stability, how to work with the breath - guides the student in deepening his or her relationship with that student's own inner teacher and thereby his or her practice."
"We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to relax. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to rest deeply and completely."
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT,
Author of Relax and Renew and Restore and Rebalance
What is Restorative Yoga?
This is the yin to your yang (not to be confused with Yin Yoga)! Unlike most yoga practices that are very yang, or active, Restorative Yoga is a very inactive yoga - it is all about slowing down, relaxing and releasing. Throughout the duration of a quiet restorative class, you hardly need to move your body at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. Restorative Yoga makes extensive use of props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks and sandbags to provide your body the support it needs to reach the point of deep relaxation. The supports allow your muscles to fully relax as they no longer need to do the work to support you themselves. Each delicious posture helps you to get in touch with, and to learn to activate, your body’s relaxation response.
Restorative classes are very soothing in nature which makes them an excellent antidote to the stress of our busy lives, and popular with those recovering from illness or injury.
What are the Benefits of Restorative Yoga?
Helps to balance our Nervous System: It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), our "rest and digest" nervous system, to slow down the heart rate, regulate the blood pressure, and relax the body.
Reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol circulating in the body.
It is believed to boost the immune system and accelerate the body's natural healing process.
Helps us release unnecessary habitual tension in the body and mind.
Helps us to discover where in the body we hold our stress/tension.
Quiets the mind.
Soothing for emotional pain.
Restorative yoga helps us discover where we are holding tension.
"The actual effort involved in restorative yoga is the willingness to look at how and where we are holding tension, and to relax our body on the ground, allowing the breath to come in more, so the tension that we find can be softened or less gripping. Discovering where and how we hold tension helps us find room for change, so that tension won’t limit our physical, emotional, and mental wellness and our comfort in our body.
We tend to favor activities that ask us to use our muscular body, but we are already doing that all day. In restorative yoga, we let go of all muscular effort, trust the earth to hold us completely, then if we find we are still holding ourselves up somewhere, we let go again in the next breath. This creates deep release and ease in the body and teaches us how we keep working and doing even when it’s not necessary, so we go back into our regular activities in more articulate and wise ways."(Excerpt from: Yoga Journal)
How can I let my mind unwind?
Drop-in Class Fee $10
Use your 5 or 10 Class Pass
special restorative practices
Tuesdays Sept. 22/Oct. 20
This special 75min restorative practice is designed to encourage your body to drop out of its stressed state and into its healing state. As we give our bodies permission to relax deeply, the nervous system shifts from the fight-flight-freeze state into a state of rest and digest.
We will use props (yoga and/or homemade) to support our bodies in shapes that encourage the body to slip into a deep relaxation. Each pose will be held anywhere from 5-20min to allow the body to sink in, release tension, and shift the nervous system functions. You will leave class feeling more rested and balanced!
"Everything is better when you are rested. One thing being tired, depleted and stressed out does is it narrows our perspective. It is so uncomfortable to be in our body and in our mind in those moments, and so when we are caught up with our own discomfort it is like we have blinders on to everyone else’s. We are not generous of spirit in that moment. We have no energy to do for others, to do for ourselves. What we need to do is notice that, understand its causes and conditions, and then take one small step towards resting. Today I am going to rest when I am tired for 5 minutes. Every step, every change is always small, and then there is the last one which is also small but its effects are huge."
~ Judith Lasater