Vinyasa and Hatha
I've had some terrific teachers from all different yoga lineages, from Darren Main (Hatha and Restorative), to Jason Crandell (Vinyasa), to Stacey Rosenberg (Anusara), on my yoga journey. I've learned important parts, bits and bobs, from each of them, and have melded it all into a pretty geeky, alignment packed, sometimes too slow Vinyasa flow class. I slow it down even more and add some relaxing restorative poses, and voila a Hatha course.
I make it accessible to everyone by giving options for all levels of flexibility and strength. In between poses, I let my students know that yoga isn't a competition, they will not be more enlightened or live longer if they touch their toes or stretch their hips more, and that wherever they are is exactly where they should be. I always make sure to reserve a good 8-10 minutes at the end for savasana, the final resting pose. That, with a dab of my signature essential oils and a tactile reminder to relax the shoulders and face, students fully benefit from their practice. They tell me they love class because I'm always smiling (my job is pretty awesome!) and I try to keep it light, and (often fail to be) funny.
What's this Vinyasa and Hatha stuff? They are types of yoga that synchronize breath with fluid movement. Rhythmic inhales and exhales are linked to graceful movements which focus and calm the mind and thus train the body to respond more compassionately to everyday stressors. In addition to a healthier mind, you get all over body strength, muscle tone, and flexibility, and especially in Vinyasa, you sweat out toxins.
Still not convinced you need yoga? There's a growing body of evidence - peer-reviewed scientific articles- that report that yoga improves the quality of life and/or outcomes in everyone from veterans with PTSD, to cancer survivors, to school aged kids with concentration problems, to back pain, to depression, to blood pressure, to heart disease. The list goes on. Don't believe me? Check out the articles here.
Jason Crandell - Vinyasa
Pete Guinosso - Forrest Yoga
Darren Main - Restorative and Hatha
Stacey Rosenberg - Anusara
Darcy Lyon - Anusara
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