My Yoga Teaching Methods and Modalities
Ashtanga / Vinyasa yoga: A Vinyasa Yoga in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because you will be instructed to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning "connection,", we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath.
Alignment Based Yoga: An alignment-based yoga class will focus on anatomy–how it works, and how it comes into play while students set up our bodies in different positions/poses. The benefit of an alignment yoga class is that it gives the student the chance to truly understand and incorporate physical positions and actions that are key to creating and maintaining health.
Yin Yoga: Yin yoga is a slow-paced therapeutic style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. As one ages flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, something that for many don’t seem to be too concerned about until they notice it is gone. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork: Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. A full Vedic Thai Yoga session may last between one and two hours, which includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. Vedic Thai Yoga bodywork is traditionally performed on a large comfortable cotton futon floor mat which gives the receiver both comfort and full-body support. Working on the floor also allows the Vedic Thai Yoga Therapist to move freely around and above the client, making for effective use of the therapist’s body weight and mechanics. The therapist can also work with the receiver in a variety of positions, including prone, supine, side-lying, and seated. The Thai-Yoga Therapist doesn’t just use the power of their hands and fingers. They use their hands, their fingers, their palms, arms, knees, and feet, along with the reciever’s body weight and their resistance to provide a deeply moving experience. The Thai-Yoga Therapist enters into a meditative awareness adapting every asana stretch and technique to the client’s exact need, whether soft or strong.
Therapeutic Yoga: Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. Therapeutic Yoga is a deeply meditative experience - it provides the opportunity to step away from the busy-ness of the outside world and access the deeper wisdom that resides within us. Therapeutic yoga is a branch of yoga which is focused on the treatment of people with mental and physical conditions. It acknowledges that yoga is a valuable healing art, and that some people are unable to attend conventional yoga classes due to physical limitations or a lack of awareness about yoga.
Basic Yoga: In these classes, students are taught how to practice asana yoga as well as the use of props. These classes provide the underlying structure to help a student to dive deeper into the physical practice of yoga intelligently and safely. These class is suitable for beginners, but open to all levels of practitioner. Start from the ground up in these basics class that will guide you through a slow and instructional flow appropriate for beginners and anyone looking to fine-tune their alignment in foundational poses.
Meditation: Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.