Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga & Meditation
- When it comes to yoga, do you have a specific teaching style?
Though I am trained in various forms of yoga and do teach a mix of classes, I mostly teach Svaroopa®-style Yoga. Svaroopa is a Sanskrit word meaning “the bliss of your own being.” This unique style of hatha (posture-based) yoga helps unravel tension in the deepest layers of the body by releasing core tensions, beginning with the tailbone and sacrum, and then through the rest of the spine to the rib cage, neck and shoulders. As the spinal tension releases, the beneficial effects radiate throughout your entire body.
- Do I need to be “fit” to do yoga?
No. Unlike some of the popularized styles of power yoga, my classes are designed to be accessible for all ages and a wide range of abilities. The yoga I teach works for every body. I aim to create an inclusive and safe container for as many people as possible to benefit from the practice.
- What can I expect from your yoga classes?
Yoga creates healing and personal transformation, while opening you to an illuminative inner experience of your own essence, which is the goal of all yoga. At the very least, you will leave feeling more open and relaxed. For many of my long-term students, this practice has completely transformed their connection to self, others, and what they deem as the divine. Their quality of sleep, immunity and sense of purpose and peace increase significantly.
- What does a typical meditation class look like?
A typical meditation class starts with a strong intention to arrive. As we land together we take a few minutes to get grounded, check-in and bring any questions or comments to the space. I then offer a short teaching from Pema Chodron, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, or someone whose work feels particularly poignant or supportive of the practice. After the reading/teaching, we practice for a full thirty minutes, during which time I will frequently anchor us by guiding us back to the breath. Classes conclude with a ten to fifteen minute discussion.
- What sets your teaching apart?
There are a lot of great teachers out there and finding the “right one” is a personal choice. I suggest you read more about me, to get a sense of who I am and what my values are a teacher and practitioner. In addition to weaving in knowledge from craniosacral therapy and somatic experiencing, my classes do tend to focus heavily on the breath. I do this because the breath is the conduit between us and the divine, and is one of the tools I use to create an experience that is both deep and transformative. By helping us let go of thoughts and release tension, the breath gives us unrivaled access to our inner realm.
- Do the same people see you for both craniosacral work and yoga?
Yes. My work all centers around creating the space in our systems for our divine intelligence to emerge and guide us. The softer and more receptive we become, the faster we heal. Many of my clients use yoga to enhance the work they are doing in craniosacral and somatic experiencing sessions. Similarly, many of my students decide to do CST and SE sessions to move through things they are working with in yoga.
- Who comes to your classes and why?
Most of my students are teenagers and adults. Some of them come with issues such as back pain, headaches, migraines, TMJ, stress, anxiety, fear, and/or anger. But just as many come because they want to feel more connected to themselves and the divine -- they want to feel more joy, confidence, peace and ease…. with themselves, with life, and with those around them.
- Can yoga help my body feel better?
f you have suffered an injury, yoga and CranioSacral Therapy are two of the most powerful ways to heal and regain mobility. Each pose has a wide variety of modifications. A consistent practice brings us into better physical alignment, helps us breathe better, enables blood and oxygen to get into places that may need healing, and increases our flexibility. Yoga can also be used to manage weight, improve circulation and increase our overall strength and agility.
- What can yoga do for my mind and emotions?
Through yoga it is possible to find strength, confidence, presence and discipline to change our lives for the better. Yoga teaches us to be mindful and deliberate, to set intentions and to surrender. It relieves stress by quieting the mind and it guides us to greater clarity and presence. From here decisions become easier to make, change becomes easier to endure, and feelings of connection become part of our everyday experience.