Yoga reveals inner seeds of transformation that are too often buried by the noise of the outside world. Through daily practice, students learn to acknowledge and nurture those seeds, one by one. Whether increasing flexibility or overcoming anxiety, regular yoga practice is a vehicle for personal transformation.
I offer students a holistic approach, focusing on the mental, physical, and emotional elements of yoga. Less stress, more creative flow, and optimal physical performance are just a few of the benefits students report in as little as 3 weeks of practice.
Let’s Make a Plan
Desire drives motivation. Whether conscious or unconscious, most of life is spent chasing after things we feel we want. I work closely with students to identify specific goals, then create a personalized plan to achieve them. Below are some of the most common reasons for beginning a yoga practice:
- Build strength
- Increase flexibility
- Learn stress management
- Find freedom from anxiety
- Gain access to creativity and flow
Yoga is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to achieve each of these goals, and more. With private yoga instruction, students of all ages and skill levels receive the personalized instruction needed quickly and safely progress toward their own unique goals. For businesses, corporate yoga events and workshops are available to help teams focus collective energy on organizational goals in safe and unified group setting.
Build Strength and Flexibility
Vinyasa means to place in a special way. This type of yoga—often called power yoga in the West—is rooted in Indian martial arts, Western gymnastics, and British physical fitness techniques of the 1900s. The result is a flowing physical practice that combines dynamic bodyweight exercises with isometrics and proprioception challenges to safely increase functional strength and flexibility.
Dynamic movement. Reach, lunge, lower, and lift your body with purpose and precision. Vinyasa-based yoga challenges students to move their own body weight with various degrees of difficulty, creating a safe environment to exhaust muscle tissue so it grows stronger and more pliable over time.
Isometrics. Isometric exercise activates muscle tissue without requiring it to lengthen or move a body joint. This type of static exercise is known to build strength without aggravating joints, adding a restorative element to Vinyasa yoga sequences. When combined with dynamic movements, isometrics have been shown to accelerate strength gains by making muscles stronger at specific points throughout full range of motion.
Proprioception challenges. Proprioception refers to the body’s ability to sense the orientation of joints and limbs. Vinyasa yoga challenges proprioception through balancing poses and sensory deprivation, honing the body’s ability to move and react effectively. Improved proprioception is a fundamental part of injury prevention and joint rehabilitation, both of which require the body to move without causing harmful stress or strain.
Alleviate Stress and Anxiety
Yoga means union. It is a physical practice that uses breathing techniques to unify mind, body, and soul. Yoga sequences force students to approach, embrace, and gracefully retreat from stress, helping the mind cultivate a more favorable response to a variety of mental neuroses.
Testing your stress response. Yoga practice challenges the body with a variety of physical postures. Some seem easy; others, inconceivable. As students guide themselves through each class, the mind learns to work through stress, anxiety, and fear in real time. Breath, movement, and mindfulness become tangible tools for success, giving students new insight on how to become present, patient, and resilient in the moment.
Finding calm in everyday life. Yoga doesn’t end when students roll up their mats. The human brain is a dynamic learning machine, ever changing in response to environmental stimuli. Regular yoga practice engrains new methods of thinking through neuroplasticity, affecting mood and behavior long after class ends. My approach to yoga emphasizes yogic meditation and positive visualization exercises to further students along their path of self discovery, achievement, and success.
Cultivate Mindfulness and Flow
Flow is a state of present moment awareness that feels intense, focused, and all consuming. Individuals who enter flow state experience effortless concentration, merge action with awareness, and lose their sense of self. Although more research is needed to better understand the nature of flow and how it varies from person to person, experts agree that the more you flow, the easier it is to achieve.
Daily yoga practice creates an ideal environment for students of all abilities to experience a flow state on a consistent basis. Consistent flow states are correlated with happiness, productivity, creativity, and are considered by many to be fundamental stepping stones toward self-actualization. Visit the following page to learn more about yoga and flow state.