In July 2019 she completed a 1300 hour yoga teacher training program at Ashtanka Yoga Mandir while living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She enjoys incorporating elements of yoga nidra (deep focused relaxation), guided meditation, chanting and pranayama (breath work) into her classes. Her aim is to support her students in finding stillness and slowing down the pace of life for a while.
She lives in Falls Church with her husband, 5 year old daughter and chocolate lab. She also enjoys biking, doing craft projects and hanging out in her hammock.
This 75-minute class begins with light asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathwork) and culminates with 40 minutes of Yoga Nidra. About Yoga NidraYoga Nidra (sometimes referred to as yogic sleep or psychic sleep) is a guided meditation technique for intentional deep relaxation. The aim of the practice is to bring participants to the state of consciousness between awake and asleep, where the mind remains aware. It allows for release of tension in the muscles, mind and emotions. It is deeply restorative--25 minutes of Yoga Nidra has the same rejuvenating effect as 2.5 hours of sleep. It does not require effort or concentration as it works on the level of hearing and awareness and simply following guided instructions throughout the practice.
This 60 minute class includes Suriya Namaskara (sun salutation), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), deep guided relaxation and can include mantra chanting depending on interest of participants. It is geared towards those wanting a gentle, slower paced practice with opportunities for introspection and deep relaxation.About Traditional Ashtanka Ashtanka (or Ashtanga) in Sanskrit translates as “8 limb path” and is also known as Raja Yoga. This is one of the original 4 pathways to Yoga, or yuj meaning union with the self / universe and mind / body. The eight limbs of Ashtanka are: yamas and niyamas (social and individual codes of behavior), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), pratyahara (withdraw of the senses) dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (spiritual absorption). This class broadens the scope from the typical focus on asana - to include other traditional tools for uniting the mind and body. This class benefits students who are looking for grounding and opportunities to increase awareness by the use of breath work, sense withdrawal and deep relaxation. It is for seniors, new practitioners, as well as intermediate students looking to deepen their practice by utilizing these additional yogic tools.