There are many ways to teach and practice yoga. For me, yoga is simply a tool to develop mindfulness and to reconnect to the wisdom in the body. Yoga is a spiritual practice that takes physical form. We use physical form and mindfulness of internal sensation to release physical, emotional and psychological constrictions that prevent us from living in our full potential.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher and have studied various schools of yoga, I’ve been most greatly influenced by Anusara Yoga. Two of the main principles of Anusara are to open to grace and to look for the good. American yoga tends to be highly physical and more about the workout and the push than it is about a vehicle for self-transformation. If we approach yoga with an intention to open to grace, we begin with a yield rather than a push energy. When we look for the good, we step out of critique, and step into gratitude. The surface focus of hatha yoga practice are the postures; however, the postures are simply the tool we use to reconnect us with our deeper self. We know our hatha yoga practice is working when the principles of yoga begin to translate back into our daily lives. Instead of looking for the good only in our physical structure, we begin to look for the good in those around us, rather than critiquing and finding fault. We learn how to keep centered even when we’re being challenged. We learn how not to push through pain, but to respect the messages that our bodies are sending us.
Yoga therapy works towards health and wellness at the physical, psychological and spiritual levels. We orient to yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding that the primary intention of yoga is to awaken the Spirit and return us to the understanding of our essential nature. In yoga therapy sessions we can work intimately with individual psychological, spiritual, practical and physical goals.