Styles of Yoga

“Yoga” is a word that derives from the Sanskrit “jugat,” which means to join together. The purpose of all yoga is to awaken consciousness. Various styles of yoga emphasize differing methods to achieve that awakening. No style of yoga is “better” or “worse” than another, they simply employ different methods for practice.

Kundalini Yoga

EyeKundalini yoga uses breath, sound and movement to create an awareness of and connection to mind, body and spirit. A typical class lasts 90 minutes. The session includes tuning in, warm up, a set of poses called a “kriya” designed by Yogi Bhajan for a specific effect (such as glandular balance or spinal flexibility), meditation, relaxation and closing.

Hatha Yoga

Triangle poseHatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses asana (postures) and conscious breathing in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Poses and sequences common to Hatha yoga (such as sun salutations) are often part of the warm up for my Kundalini yoga classes.

Yoga for Real Seniors

Yoga for Real SeniorsI developed Yoga for Real Seniors in 2013 to bring the benefits of a committed yoga practice to seniors with extremely limited mobility and/or memory function. Adapted breathwork, meditation and postures suited for remaining in a chair make this practice ideal for those coping with dementia, chronic pain and illness and other geriatric conditions. Group and private instruction available.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative YogaRestorative yoga uses passive, supported poses to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for balancing the body. A restorative yoga practice can lower heart rate and blood pressure, stimulate the immune and endocrine systems in a healthy way and benefit the internal organs. This practice is ideal for anyone suffering with severe physical limitation or chronic illness.

Private Sessions

butterflyPrivate sessions at my studio or in your cat-free home are available by appointment.

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