I didn’t own yoga pants or a mat. Instead, I wore pj bottoms and carried a beach towel to my first-ever yoga class in 2000. I was so nervous. But the teacher didn’t care about my gear. And I fell in love with moving and breathing and having all that time to just be and notice. No agenda. That first session felt so powerful, it actually took me a few years to work up the courage to return to yoga.
Today, my exploratory approach is inspired by nearly a decade of personal practice and studying with deeply committed teachers whose work combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with a modern understanding of the body. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in July 2014. I’ve also completed 40 hours of training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center Yoga Program.
My intention is to create a safe space for students to practice yoga on their own terms. Classes are like a moving meditation: Postures become tools for noticing body sensations, which bring awareness to the mind. In some classes, this means exploring alignment and longer holds. Students are guided through choosing postures, intensity level and mental focal points to customize their personal experience—how active or restful each session feels is up to you.
I invite you to come as you are. Mat or no mat. Street clothes or sweet leggings. Blissed out or stressed out. Can barely touch your knees or can press your hands flat on the floor. We gather to create a safe space and time to be and notice. Just you on your mat. No physical adjustments. No pressure. No agenda. Everyone’s welcome. Come just as you are.
Photo credit: Addie Kidd, 2015
Headshot by Amelia Coffaro Photography 2015