The purpose of yoga is to discover what we need to release so that we can embody our essential self which is peace, love, joy, gratitude and freedom.
Many students see their class enrollment as scheduled time to unplug from the daily stressors and focus on being present in their body. Making time for yourself on a consistent basis is a great gift to your soul.
"Namaste" is traditionally used as a greeting in India. It is a Sanskrit word and its literal meaning is "I bow to you."
When we say "namaste" together at the end of every class, we mean “the Light in me recognizes the Light in you and knows that we are One.” We honor each other and the open and accepting space that we create together by using this word. If you are uncomfortable saying it, you do not have to do so.
Yoga is much more about developing a flexible mind, than requiring that the practitioner have a flexible body. Of course the physical practice of yoga poses can help our bodies become stronger, more balanced, and more flexible. But yoga is fundamentally about skillfully directing out attention where we want it to be, rather than being at the behest of our monkey minds. The second line of the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," one of the oldest known yogic texts, is "yoga chitta vrtti nirodhah" which the famed teacher T.K.V. Desikachar translates for us as, "Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distractions." I would further comment that distractions inevitably arise, but it is the choice to return again and again to the chosen object of our attention that ultimately constitutes the practice of yoga. So yoga is in fact, meditation, and the physical practice is a small aspect of a much bigger philosophy of how to live an awakened life.
No. There are many types of yoga that are appropriate for different body types. My classes are all planned to be accessible to the majority of students. Everyone's body proportions, range of motion, and history of injury are different, so we adapt the postures to each body.
Ultimately, making the pose shapes with our bodies is about discovering what approximation of this form works best for my body today. How can I feel more open while I try to approach this form? Where does my body need to be in space so that I can continue to take full breaths?
The practice of yoga poses is about inquiry, and mastery of how we respond internally, to the attempt of making shapes with our bodies, not impose upon our bodies the goal of perfecting any pose.
One of the many benefits of having small class sizes is the time allowed for individual connection and posture adaptations that work for your body.
All of my classes end with some form of meditation. Truly, yoga is meditation, and a big part of the intention of practicing yoga poses is to prepare for the deeper work of sitting still and watching the mind. My hope is to help students feel more relaxed in their bodies and calmer in their minds.
Your breath is an excellent guide to knowing when you are going too far.
If you catch yourself holding your breath or if the breath has gotten away from you, you have gone too far. Discomfort and pain are also great indicators that you have gone too far and need to back off.
It is through a regular, daily practice that we develop the sensitivity to know when we are approaching an edge and when we are at an edge, by being fully present in our bodies - paying attention to the qualities of sensation that are there. Developing this kind of willingness to be fully in our bodies with all sensations that arise and knowing what these sensations are telling us, takes discipline and dedication.
Listen to your body.
Avoiding injury is about being completely honest with yourself about where you are on any given day. Yoga is not about pushing yourself to achieve any pose. Many poses are not accessible for all body structures. Each body is different and has its own limitations. Your bone structure and physical capabilities are unique to you.
How are you feeling? Are you injured already? Do you have old injuries? Do you have the habit of ignoring warning signals like discomfort and pain? Do you have an internal orientation that is about achieving, fixing or changing any aspect of yourself? Do you watch what other people are doing rather than being in your own body? Do you ignore the warnings the instructor is giving you? Answering these questions for yourself before and during every practice is the basis for keeping yourself safe.
In general, a slow and gentle practice is, in my opinion, an advanced practice and I encourage students to practice with this orientation.
Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that does not bind your body in any way. Bring your yoga mat (hatha), a water bottle, and your sense of curiosity and play.
Please turn your cell phone off upon entering the practice space. If you need to have your phone nearby for any reason, please inform everyone at the beginning of class so that we know that it may vibrate.
I offer term classes only. Payment for the term in full is required to reserve your space. I accept cash, Paypal and personal checks. Tuition is non-refundable.
If you have to miss your regular class, you are welcome to attend another class if there is space. To receive this benefit, you must let me know 24 hours ahead of time that you are going to miss your regular class. Make up classes must be scheduled within the same term of your missed class. If you schedule a make up class and miss or cancel it, you forfeit that class.
I will not pro-rate tuition for an existing student for a partial term. Only new students who join after the term has begun will be offered pro-rated tuition.
Unlike a regular studio, my classes are not drop in. All students are asked to make a term commitment to reserve their space. This is because I have limited space. In addition, a big part of what we create together is community and this happens better in classes that have a consistent student group.
Yes! Many students enjoy the chance to have a yoga practice tailored to them and that addresses their personal goals. Privates give us the chance to refine your practice and focus on the details of what is going on in your body on the mat. Or you may prefer a more private space in which to practice.
Private lessons are sold in blocks of 3 - 75 minute classes, for $180. We work out the scheduling together.
During a sound therapy session, the volume of the gongs increases and decreases and depending on an individual's level of sensitivity, this may bother some students.
I never play the gongs very loudly for an extended period of time. The sound may increase but it soon decreases. I also provide all clients with ear plugs in case they need them and an extra blanket that can be used to cover the ears.
And of course you are always welcome to change your position, if you are in a group gong session, to move further away from the gongs, or if you are in a private gong therapy session, you have the power to stop the playing if you are uncomfortable. Having said that, no one has ever asked me to stop playing.
Great! I love receiving new class requests from students. What happens when I get a new request is that I approach our community, use my newsletter and social media to try and find other people who are interested too. Once I have at least 4 committed students, we can add a class to the schedule.
Fantastic! Gongs can be a great addition to any special occasion! Contact me with the details: date, time, location, how long you would like a gong concert or therapy session and I'll get back to you!