- Austin, Texas, United States
I’ve been teaching yoga for over ten years – without intermission – in many cities and multiple countries. My beginnings started in Bikram yoga. I continue to be amazed by this practice; the heat provided an opportunity detoxify through sweat, to stretch more deeply in a safe way, and to bring the heart rate up to really feel the heart-lung connection through breath awareness. The asanas in this heated sequence are considered beginning postures, yet there are so many details to work on within each one. Therefore there is always a challenge that keeps you coming back to class and striving to feel and do more. This practice is my foundation, and has given me a platform from which to grow.
Through the years I’ve been called to learn, practice, and teach other styles and forms of yoga. This includes classes specific to breath work and meditation. I also enjoy teaching the Bishnu Ghosh series of 84 Asanas, and other classic Hatha style practices. Recently I’ve become extremely excited about Qoya, a guided practice including a combination of yoga, dance, and free movement with the intention to do what feels good. Ahhh… this is simple, yet a profound way to be in movement practices – letting your heart guide you to do what feels good, which really is a metaphor for a healthy life.
When I feel from my heart and move my body in a yoga practice, I notice my spine. Every twist, back bend, forward bend, side bend, inversion and lengthening is a movement from the spine. This is where our energy comes from – the healthy, fluid movement of the spine. I believe that a healthy spine is a happy spine, which equals a happy life!
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