Timber considers herself to be a lifelong student of yoga and feels honored to share what she has learned over the past ten years from her teachers and her own practice.
As a professional massage therapist she brings a deep understanding of anatomy and a love for the human body to her classes. Drawn to the graceful movement of vinyasa yoga, she found the flow to be the perfect prescription for healing old injuries and imbalances of years as an athlete. Inspired by the creative and intentional sequencing of Shiva Rea, she follows the PranaFlow style of vinyasa, but with a gentle pace oriented toward the beginning yogi.
1. Pranayama = “Kapalabati” or Breath of Fire: This pumping of the breath, first thing in the morning, is a wonderful way to wake up and clear all the nadis (energy meridians). Kapalabati is better than coffee!
2. Mudra = “Anjali Mudra”, hands in prayer in front of heart: This simple gesture helps me to drop out of my head and into my heart. Bowing the head toward the hands helps to generate feelings of gratitude and devotion.
3. Mantra = “Gayatri Mantra”: This mantra is very old and is the foremost mantra in Hinduism, otherwise known as the ‘Mother of the Vedas’. This is a prayer to the sun and the giver of light and life. Repeating this chant is said to remove all obstacles in our path to higher wisdom and spiritual growth.
“Bhakti Yoga”, the yoga of devotion, includes the practice of Kirtan, singing with love, the names of God. Just the vibrational sounds of the mantras have a positive effect on our subtle bodies and the chants soothe the nervous system, uplift the emotions and purify mind and heart. Bhakti Yoga is said to be the quickest path to enlightenment!
4. Asana = “Anahatasana”: From hands and knees, walk the fingers forward. Keeping the hips high, lower the heart toward the earth, bringing either forehead, chin or chest to the floor depending on openness in the shoulders. Activate the arms, pressing through the hands rotate the inner elbows up to the sky, spreading the shoulder blades on the back. This wonderful action of grounding the heart to the earth feels so good. Beyond the benefits of opening the shoulders and the upper back, this pose helps cultivate a feeling of “bowing down” in a whole body mudra of devotion.
5. My favorite musical CD = “Let Your Heart Be Known” by Steve Gold
6. My favorite yoga book = “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle