I love teaching and being able to watch not only the physical transformations that take place with my students but also the connection that they begin to develop with their own mind, body and spirit.
I primarily teach two “styles” of yoga. My public classes are a mix of VINYASA FLOW and YIN YOGA. In addition to my public classes, I have also had the privilege of teaching private YIN YOGA classes to the University of Louisville Women’s Soccer team for several seasons, as well as more recently the Women’s Field Hockey, and Lacrosse teams.
The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, as I guide you through class, I instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. It’s sometimes called Vinyasa Flow or just Flow. The way that the movement flows with the breath, the poses run or flow together and become like a dance. Vinyasa allows for a lot of variety which is one of the things that I love about teaching it. In a Vinyasa class, expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes chanting, or is very alignment oriented will depend on the individual teacher.
Yin Yoga directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We remain in the postures anywhere from one to 5 minutes. Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about.