I offer weekly classes at Eka Yoga:
- Wednesday @ 7:30pm – Yin (Pitta Pacifying)
In addition to weekly public classes, I also offer private yoga sessions:
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a system for approaching physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is most widely known for its physical practice (asana), though 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 with the intention to increase the accessibility of yoga and its accompanying practices so that these benefits are available to anyone who wishes to practice. No prior experience with yoga is necessary, and the practice is adaptable to any stage of life. My intention is to create approachable classes that support your unique needs and goals.
Yoga + Eastern Philosophy
The complimentary practices of Yoga + Eastern Philosophy modalities (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chakra System, Yoga Sutras, Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation) are woven throughout class. These systems provide an approach to well-being that restores balance throughout the mind, body, emotional landscape, and nervous system.
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. Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation Practices are woven throughout class to support the mind while holding poses. Props are used to support the practice and encourage deep tissue release.
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 soothe 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 promotes deep rest, relaxation, and replenishment of energy by removing blockages through static poses. Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation Practices are woven throughout class to support the mind while holding poses. Props are used to support the practice and encourage deep tissue release.
Please visit Bernie Clark’s website if you would like to learn more about the practice of Yin Yoga.