Yoga as an Enlivenment Practice
My classes focus on connecting with and bringing healing to body, mind, heart and spirit as a pathway to integration and union, yoga. I create a safe and sacred space for going inward, challenging and letting go of negative patterns and behaviors, turning on to new ways of moving and being and committing to the process of transformation. My sequencing comes from the wisdom of Forrest yoga and I focus on deep breath and core work, sweaty and sustained asana to develop stamina and stability, and attention to the senses as a guide into the present moment. I love the fire and thrill of strong abs, inversions, arm balances and back bends. I also love the fluidity of vinyasa and strive to infuse my classes with time for play and creativity. I am passionate about helping my students extend their range of comfort, strength and confidence and journey to new places. I am certified RYT 200 with training from Ana Forrest through the Forrest Yoga Foundation Training and the Samadhi Yoga Center in Seattle, WA, under the guidance of Kathleen Hunt. In addition I have completed 2 years in the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program with Forrest Yoga Guardian Colleen Millen. I have trained closely with and assisted inspirational yoga teachers such as Ana Forrest, Les Leventhal, Howard Cohn, and Kristin Lovelace. I completed the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training in September of 2014.
What is Forrest Yoga?
Ana Forrest has spent 30 years developing Forrest Yoga specifically to address modern day stresses and challenges, both physical, mental and emotional. Forrest Yoga uses intense pose sequences, compassionately taught, to develop skills in awakening each of the senses. It teaches you to bring aliveness, using breath, into every cell of your body, igniting your passion for living. The pillars of Forrest Yoga are Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit. The mission of Forrest Yoga is to create in each of us a sense of freedom, a connection to our spirit and the courage to walk as our spirit dictates; thus, doing our part in "Mending the Hoop of the People". The practice will teach you to go deeper, find your truth and encourage you to take these gifts you have earned beyond the mat into the rest of your life. www.forrestyoga.com
What you can expect from a Forrest Yoga practice:
Expect to be challenged! While not the non-stop flow of a typical vinyasa class you will sweat and get stronger and get your "workout". Unlike a vinyasa class you will have more time to stay with postures to go deeper, a process that can bring both pleasure or discomfort and offers you greater benefits. Expect some unfamiliar cues and postures unique to Forrest Yoga that are designed to help you unravel neck tension, help stretch and bring awareness to your hands and feet, unlock stiff shoulders, and decompress your low back. Expect skillful and caring hands-on assistance. The style can especially benefit those who suffer from chronic injuries or health conditions, have a history of physical or emotional trauma, have sedentary repetitive-task jobs (ie lots of sitting and typing), and high-impact athletes prone to repetitive-stress injuries. Overall Forrest Yoga is a great complement for any physical activity and can suit any body who is looking to reduce stress, breathe more fully, and have a greater sense of freedom in their bodies and lives.