MY INTENTION AS A TEACHER

I share the practice of yoga to help people connect more deeply with their breath, their body and themselves.  My aim in any style of class is to encourage an attitude of internal investigation that allows students to experience their practice in a grounded, authentic, and liberating way. 

The beauty of yoga is that our experience of it is so personal: “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self” (The Bhagavad Gita). This ongoing journey can help to shed the layers that we often rely on, sometimes unconsciously, to cover up our true selves. How can we live fully if we are out of touch with who we are and what we want? Through the practice of turning inward and being present, we can develop a deeper self-awareness and begin to explore all of the corners of ourselves, creating a fertile ground for the seeds of our love, wisdom, and compassion to take root and grow. 

 

In our modern day context, it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of balance and our energetic dimension. The philosophy of Hatha Yoga is to create a state of harmony where our opposing energies, our receptive, feminine, “yin” (chandra/moon) energies and our active, masculine, “yang” (surya/sun) energies, are in equilibrium. Through sharing both yin and yang styles of yoga, my goal is to support others in restoring and valuing a state of balance and wholeness. 

respecting your body, your practice

From a physical perspective, recognizing the vast amount of skeletal differences that exist from one person to another has greatly influenced the way I practice and teach yoga. What will be difficult or even impossible for one body may be easy for another. We often need to be reminded to respect our unique physiology and remember that, “the real yoga is what we can't see”.