“The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end… Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit.”
– BKS Iyengar
My role as a teacher is to provide a safe space to guide and support you. My training is in ashtanga vinyasa, but my style is primarily vinyasa flow, with elements of ashtanga, anusara, iyengar and yin yoga. I place emphasis on the breath to open up the body and draw students inward to connect with themselves. I enjoy creatively sequencing postures in a playful flow set to music. Yoga is a physical workout that increases strength, flexibility and endurance, tones internal organs as well as muscles, but its benefits extend far beyond this.
Ultimately, yoga is a metaphor for life. We come to the mat with all the experiences that comprise our lives. We approach pranayama and asana with the same outlook that we do many other things in life. Consciousness of this outlook, of our emotional and physical responses to life, can help us understand them, accept them and ultimately free ourselves from them and tap into our deeper selves. How well do you handle transitions? How often do you find yourself ruminating over the past? Do you open your life up to new experiences and opportunities?
What we practice on the mat translates into our daily lives. Thus, yoga opens up realms of understanding within ourselves at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Can you come to the mat and allow yourself the space to be completely present, without the burden of the past or the fear of the future weighing over you?