I have been practicing yoga for almost a decade and became a teacher in 2017. As a therapist and student of Buddhist Psychology, I try to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into a high energy but calming practice. My hope is that my students will take the deeply powerful messages of yoga off the mat and into their lives to become the best version of themselves. My professional background includes more than three decades of work with First Responders. I will be bringing a specialized Yoga For First Responders curriculum to Northern Virginia in the very near future. Stay tuned!
This 60-minute class consists of 53 poses (or asanas) linked together by breath. The 5 pillars of the Baptiste practice are: Drishti (gaze), Ujjayi (breath), Bandhas (extremities to centerline and core), Tapas (heat)*, and Vinyasa (flow). Vinyasa is the flow that occurs when we connect movement with breath. In the practice of power yoga each cycle of breath sets the tempo of movement and creates momentum. Momentum builds heat and cardiovascular health. Each pose, and the pose between each pose, occurs with an inhale or an exhale. There is fluidity in vinyasa that brings freedom to the body and a “moving meditation” that frees your mind. You will find that even in relative stillness, each moment of vinyasa has movement and holds opportunity for exploration. In vinyasa you will think less and be more, staying out of your head and letting your body and soul shine. Creativity and discovery await if you surrender, let go, and flow.