Yoga and Ayurveda
I teach a blend of Alignment based Hatha/Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga that is infused with somatic practices, including principles of Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais/Awareness through Movement, LMA/BF Fundamentals, subtle body/energy release work, and Ayurvedic and Vedic Philosophy.
Drawing upon these somatic practices, subtle shifts of the inner body, and continuous internal movement connected to breath, my classes explore a full embodiment of Asana through breath rhythm, undulation, and surrender. Pranayama (harnessing the breath) is also equally stressed, as the foundation for understanding how to work with the Prana (vital energy) of the body.
As a teacher I am dedicated to the practice of Ahimsa (non-violence). I encourage all practices to be done with ease of motion, and gentleness of body, mind and spirit.
I embrace the following ways of exploring the practice:
- Tapping into the consciousness of the subtle energy/breath body
- Connecting deeply to the organic inner body
- Expanding into the inner space to move out into the outer form of the Asana
- Allowing the Asana to exist in a process of continuous forming
My initial teacher training in Yoga started with Tejal Murray in the Kripalu lineage in 1998. I went on to train through Integral Yoga in 2002 with Satya Greenstone and Swami Karunananda in the lineage of Sri Swami Satchidananda, who I was blessed to meet. Over the years I have had many other great teachers from different paths (Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Taoist Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga) whose work has inspired and transformed me. Most recently I have been studying with the great Ayurvedic master teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad. I am also studying Ayurvedic Healing through The American Institute of Vedic Studies, as guided by master teacher Dr. David Frawley. I have also trained in Yin Yoga with Corina Benner, which is a beautiful body of work centered around the elongation of the connective tissue through sustained and supported postures to promote deep energetic release of holding patterns. I look to integrate these approaches into my classes to provide a healing and transcendent environment.
“Through the insights of the inner yoga we journey from the transient and finite aspects of our nature to the eternal and infinite reality as unconditioned consciousness and unbounded energy. “ - Dr. David Frawley, Inner Tantric Yoga