I offer weekly classes at Eka Yoga – a beautiful space in lower Queen Anne that re-connects the practices of Yoga + Ayurveda.
In addition to weekly public classes, I also offer private yoga sessions:
Yoga + Ayurveda
The complimentary practices of Yoga + Ayurveda provide a system for approaching well-being that restores balance throughout the mind, body, emotional landscape, and nervous system.
What is Yoga? Yoga, most widely known for its physical practice (asana), includes seven additional pillars (yama, niyama, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi). These practices constitute the eight-limbed path of yoga.
There are many types of Yoga. I specialize in teaching Yin Yoga and Hatha Yoga.
What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga. One of the main principles of Ayurveda includes elemental theory — the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, space) exist in our external environment + our internal landscape in different proportions, and contribute to individual physical, mental, and emotional attributes. Just as these elemental qualities shift in nature, they also shift in the mind + body. The science of Ayurveda looks to mirroring nature and seasonal shifts to maintain balance within our individual eco-systems with diet, lifestyle, and activity practices. These tools honor your individual constitution and tap into your inner wisdom as you discern what is most nourishing to create balance and homeostasis on a day-to-day basis.
Yin is a meditative practice that invites qualities of stillness + quiet into the mind and body. This practice relates to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, in that through the stillness of asana we can quiet the fluctuations of the mind and experience a settling of consciousness. Energetically, it is a complementary practice to our active lifestyle and other Yang pursuits. Yin enhances and balances energy (qi) through initiating the rest and repair response in the body, while targeting and strengthening deeper connective tissues by allowing muscles to relax and holding for time.
Yin + Hatha Fusion cultivates gentle, mindful, and warming connection to breath + movement to support the health and dynamic function of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems while also offering cooling static poses to sooth the nervous system.
Hatha reflects the Yang (active) and Yin (passive) energies within our minds and bodies. These complimentary styles of Yoga are offered together or independently.
The Yang portion of the practice promotes grounding and stabilization with gentle, mindful movement to encourage optimal circulation of energy through the body. This approach includes drawing awareness to specific areas of the body that can experience imbalance (e.g., the hips), with isolated movements to increase integrated movement, held standing or balancing postures, and mindful flowing movements.
The Yin portion of the practice, which includes an intermingling of Eastern Philosophies and Buddhist Mindfulness Practices with Yoga Asana, promotes deep rest, relaxation, and replenishment of energy by removing blockages through static poses.
Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation Practices are woven throughout class.
Props are used to support the practice and encourage deep tissue release.
Please visit Eka Yoga’s beautifully crafted website if you are curious about learning more about Ayurveda, its connection to Yoga, and how to discover your Dosha.