My Teaching Philosophy and Method
Too often in this culture, we spend so much time taking care of other people and forget to take care of ourselves. In all of my classes, I take the time to focus, individually and collectively, on the care of the body, mind, and spirit. I have found that the best way to do this is teach yoga in a steady, slower flow.
In all of my classes, my primary focus is spinal alignment. This is crucial to every pose, and I offer a variety of twisting, sitting, standing, and lying poses. I aim to help students lengthen the spine and making space being very mindful about compression.
I teach my students to balance their goals for strength and flexibility with a careful attention to the breath. When students are able to breathe deeply, even in challenging poses, the connection to the mind-body connection can become profoundly expansive.
I often incorporate inversions (Shoulderstand, Headstand and Handstand) to create healthy, consistent blood flow and to reverse the aging process. Supported and modified inversions are offered for those with injuries. I also focus on back bends (Wheel, Camel and Bridge), as they are powerful heart openers; during these poses I lead a mindfulness practice to enhance mental well-being and clarity.
I take the time to teach the poses carefully to prevent injury. I offer modifications for neck, back, wrist, shoulder, knee, hip and joint pain and flexibility level. I encourage alternatives, such as Legs up the Wall, Restorative pose, or seated meditation for those who are nurturing injuries.
I also enjoy challenging those who aim to advance their physical practice!