NAMASTE FROM AMAMA YOGA
When was the last time you took a deep breath, connected with your spirit and basked in your own awesomeness? Amama Yoga spreads the joy of yoga by guiding students to greater self awareness, clarity and better health. Amama Yoga classes come from a place of loving compassion with a twist of adventure. Practice in a non-judgemental, non-competitive, accessible environment. Classes are structured to give students autonomy over their practice: poses are offered from most accessible to more challenging, and the student can choose based on their own needs, range of motion, energy and abilities.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.” – Judith Hansen Lasater
Like many, I started yoga for the physical benefits of the practice. Over time though it was the more subtle benefits that kept drawing me back to my mat: a sense of calm, contentment, being more present and focused, feeling less stressed and overall happier, getting more enjoyment from life.
I have dedicated my teaching career to creating inclusive yoga classes by offering modifications and creative use of props to keep students safe and confident in their practice. Each class is an invitation to explore what is possible, to become aware of our habits and compensations and to learn to move and trust in our bodies in a whole new way. Students are encouraged to approach their practice with a light heart, a sense of exploration and an open mind.
I am certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Round Bodies, Yoga for Seniors and have taken additional training in: Restorative Yoga with Hot Stones, Thai Yoga Bliss, Yoga for Teens, Yoga Nidra, Core Immersion plus many others. I am proud to be an Accessible Yoga Ambassador - Yoga is for EVERY body! I believe that a good teacher is always a student first, so I am on a constant quest for knowledge.
Learn to Listen to Your Body
Gentle Yoga enhances physical and emotional wellness by combining gentle movement, accessible poses and breathing techniques. The goal of gentle yoga is relaxation and awareness. Learn to use props in creative ways to personalize and modify poses for your greatest benefit. Gentle yoga is good for people who are beginning a yoga practice, recovering from injury, practicing with physical limitations, seniors, and for those looking for a more relaxed practice.
Restore your energy, strength and flexibility.
Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Class integrates the postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to harmonize you on every level. It is a delicious, mindful, and moving class.
YIN YANG YOGA
Stretch & Strong
Yin Yang refers to opposite yet complimentary energies. The relatively stiff connective tissues of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. Yin yoga encourages deep stretching and stillness in longer held poses. Yang yoga is active and dynamic. The practice begins with yin to start us on a road of deep introspection and then evolves into the energizing and uplifting yang part of the practice. Yin poses are done seated or reclined on the mat, and are held for 3-5 minutes to release the connective tissue and anchor the mind in gentle calm. The yang portion of the class allows us to integrate this openness and awareness into a sense of steadiness and alignment. Moving through more active poses, sometimes flowing through standing postures we build energy and strength. The combination of Yin/Yang yoga allows for the setting up of inner alignment, creating the foundation for outer or postural alignment.
Increase flexibility and build strength.
Stretch & Surrender
Surrender is the essence of yin yoga. Yin is a perfect way to relax, renew and stretch. Incorporating a yin practice promotes joint health, can prevent injury, encourages balance and complements any physical practice. Yin yoga focuses on lengthening connective tissue typically in the hips, pelvis and spine. Postures are typically held for 3-10 minutes fostering relaxation, boosting energy.
Reset & Relax
"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour." Boost the productivity of your team by adding yoga to your work place. Mental and physical health are interrelated, and should be conditioned together. Improve focus and concentration, and regain control of body and mind. Amama Yoga offers on site Corporate Yoga classes.
Spring into Stillness
Our restorative practice will have a different physical and meditative focus each week to help us release the protective layers of winter. Allow yourself time to relax in a supported environment, releasing stress and physical tension. Participate in a practice that encourages self care and self compassion by creating comfortable positions using a variety of props, safely supporting each part of the body so that the mind can relax.
Wear warm comfortable clothing as poses are held for a longer period. The body cools as one relaxes.
Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.