How I teach
The Jivamukti framework is an vinyasa-based style of yoga that balances the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. It is a living translation of the Indian system of yoga that is presented in a format that western minds can comprehend that emphasizes vigorous asana as its primary technique, but other practices such as meditation, devotional chanting and study of the ancient texts play an important role as well. As an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher and having taught this method for 15 years, and the fundaments of this method are imbued in every class.
As with any experienced teacher though, over time, other practices have played a major role in both my understanding of yoga, and healing my own body. I’m a Rolfer, which is a system of bodywork that redefines how we relate our body to gravity by releasing and reorganising fascial tissue, by changing our awareness of space in and around the body, and by addressing habit patterns that lead to physical and mental blockages in how we move and navigate life. This connective tissue is the ‘organ of proprioception’, and has led me to a deep curiosity of how exploring movement through imagination can open up how we understand space, and the body’s ability to flex and extend. Laid over top of this more experimental movement philosophy is years of experience as an Iyengar yoga practitioner, an alignment-based system of yoga that has it’s own way of languaging and bringing awareness and skilful action through the body.
My classes combine these various aspects that results in a balanced pace throughout the class starting with embodied sequence that acts both as a warm up and as a thread throughout the class, a segment of more challenging asana that requires focus and discipline, and a closing that includes a deep relaxation, all threaded together with an intentional theme.
Wednesday night’s class includes a 15 minute, optional meditation at the end of the class.