Vinyasa Flow Yoga
I offer yoga in order to share my love of a practice that so joyfully promotes flexibility, strength, balance, and ease in the body, mind, and spirit. Each of my Vinyasa Flow classes incorporates clear principles of alignment that allow the body to safely and easily flow through the asanas.
A typical practice begins with sun salutations, and progresses through an upbeat medley of standing, seated, prone and supine postures, and closes with inversions, backbends, and twists. Pranayama, or breath practices and an extended time to rest at the end of each session allows time for the body, mind, and spirit to integrate the work and energy generated in the practice.
The flow practice varies each week and will be offered once again on Thursday evenings from 6 - 7:10 pm, when the Cookeville Town Hall reopens to the public in Corinth. Once state guidance allows for multiple family gatherings outside, I will restart the Thursday Vinyasa Flow in the Town Orchard, just behind the Cookeville Town Hall, 5 - 6 pm. I currently teach a Friday morning flow class on Zoom at 7 am.
The practice of Yin Yoga forms a perfect counter-balance to a more yang Vinyasa Flow style practice, by encouraging the nourishing, creative, generative, intuitive, and perceptive parts of ourselves to emerge and balance our drive to create and manifest in our lives by providing us with a strong and grounded base, in body, mind, and spirit.
When you experience a Yin Yoga class, you will move your body through a meditative set of seated and prone postures that are held for 3-5 minutes with the assistance of props, with the goal of increasing joint mobility, the key to ease of movement in our lives. By holding a supported posture for a few minutes, you apply a safe, gentle pressure to the connective tissues by relaxing the surrounding muscles. In this way, the joints remain supple, pliable, and mobile. Yin Yoga cultivates our capacity for patience, and our ability to listen deeply to the body in order to allow it to release. You will find the true power of this practice to be what opens in the body over time, and the gift of the practice to be greater attention to subtleties of nuances of our inner and outer landscapes.
Wednesdays, Cookeville Town Hall, 7 - 8 am.
Until the town hall is open to the public once again, look for short sessions and pop-up classes to be shared via Zoom.
INSTRUCTOR LINEAGE, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
In 1997, I discovered Astanga yoga when I dropped into a class with Kathy McNames in Burlington, VT, and immediately fell in love, with both the practice and the teacher. I studied for several years with Kathy, and completed teacher trainings in Astanga and Vinyasa Yoga with Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Beryl Bender, Lucy Martorella, Nancy Gilgoff, Deb Neubauer, Nicki Doane, and Eddie Modestini. In 2011, I completed a 300-hour yoga training in Bali through Radiantly Alive Yoga, where I studied with Simon Borg-Olivier, Cathy Cooper, and Edward Clark. Sarah Powers, Angela Farmer, Anjali Budreski, and Piper Petrie introduced me to eclectic yin and flow practices that I enjoy incorporating into my teaching. I feel such gratitude to all of my teachers for sharing their expertise and their love of yoga with me.
I developed a curriculum for and taught credit-bearing yoga classes for public high school students as part of the public school curriculum between 2001 and 2016 and have been leading weekly yoga classes for people of all ages in my community for fifteen years. I was invited to teach yoga to Dalit children and women in rural India, and taught yoga to teens while studying in Bali.