Within the world of Yoga there are many different teaching methods and ways to move and be still. Each has value.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” – Mulan.
In a world of constant stimulus, Yin Yoga offers a space of quietude, a turning within. It is a Yoga hug.
The focus is on the deeper connective tissues, the deeper parts of ourselves, which responds best to a slow, steady load, and postures are held for a length of time allowing sensing and softening. It offers a connection with the subtle and asks us to deeply notice our internal world.
It offers a counter-balance to more dynamic movement whether you are a runner, dancer, swimmer or a yang yogi.
- Soothes nervous system
- Joint mobility
“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.” ― Gurmukh kaur khalsa
Vinyasa yoga is frequently called “flow” yoga, and can be done at any tempo, using breath to connect one movement to another. It starts to resemble a dance on a mat. Each class is unique. I teach breath focused classes based on intelligent sequencing, functional movements evolving intelligent awareness, building poses from the ground up, building awareness from within.
Play and exploration.
- Builds strength
- Body awareness
- Increase range of motion
“Yoga is not just repetition of few postures, it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life” ― Amit Ray
There is something quite beautiful and reassuring about being held and fully supported in poses. Restorative is a truly quiet yoga, much like meditation on bolsters, it is also referred to as active relaxation, allowing the body to open gently. A fabulous way to counter a crazy lifestyle, restore hurt and worn out parts of ourselves both physically and mentally.
It requires many props but is so delicious!
- Restoration of body, spirit and mind
- Accessible to all levels
- Illness and health
- Restores nervous system function
- Connection to subtle
- Rest and digest
“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates
Trauma Focused Yoga
Trauma focused yoga approaches healing through the body. Yoga can have both stimulating and soothing effects. This is true on both the physical and psycho-emotional levels. Trauma yoga seeks to retrain the nervous system through the considered use of postures, encouraging students to notice when they feel safe, soothed, and secure. There is an emphasis on present-state awareness.
- Sensation tolerance
- Increases proprioception
- Self -regulation
- calms body and mind
- can ease tension and related ailments
“Trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body.” – Bessel Van der Kolk