Every class I teach follows these principles:
- Yoga should fit the individual, not the other way around. There is no perfect pose. Each person is unique and as such, will have their own expression of each asana (pose) that will be right for their body in that moment. My job is to provide guidance on how to achieve that expression safely.
- Yoga is not a “no pain, no gain” activity. You should never be in pain in class. Discomfort, perhaps, but not pain. If you are in pain, that is your body’s way of telling you that you are working too hard; that you have moved beyond your edge (the place where you aren’t pushing, but aren’t holding back).
- Yoga is most beneficial when combined with mindfulness, non-judgment and self-compassion.
- Yoga is more than just exercise. While yoga is not a religion, it is about bringing the body, mind and spirit into harmonious balance. The definition of “spirit” is a personal thing. The only definition I use in class is “that which nourishes, inspires and sustains your soul.”
My style of yoga involves both holding and flowing poses. Currently, I am teaching Adaptive Yoga for Health Challenges and a Basic/Basic+ class.