My yoga journey started with a book on meditation which recommended gentle yoga as part of a daily mindfulness practice. At the time, I was wasting away at a desk job in the corporate/business world under a tyrannical boss. I found the mindfulness principles and sitting meditation useful for calming anxiety, stress, and self-judgment.
I began to practice gentle yoga and yin yoga and discovered that yoga was like medicine. The physical postures release tension, clear out atrophy, and open up spaciousness in the tissues of the body. Yoga brings me a sense of well-being and ease.
My teaching style is focused on feeling into the pose to find the balance between effort and ease, between challenging the body and being kind to the body. For boot camp, look elsewhere.
This quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn summarizes my approach:
"Mindfulness does not bulldoze
through resistance. You have to
work gently at the edges, a little
here, and a little there, keeping
your vision alive in your heart."
We put our bodies in a position to feel the stretch, to feel the edge of that resistance, and then breathe into it. With breath and patience, opening begins to occur, releasing tension and encouraging a sense of ease.
My teaching experience includes nidra, yin, restorative, slow flow, vinyasa, chair yoga, yoga in the pool, and yoga off the wall. I am certified to teach yoga through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), having completed their 800-hour program.
I'm based in Tempe, Arizona and currently teaching classes online over Zoom.
Yoga Nidra - Advanced Facilitator Amrit Method