I have been thinking deeply about injury in asana and also how to keep my own students safe. In this post, I’d like to talk about some ideas for asana teachers to mitigate risks and make their classes a safe, welcoming, low-pressure, judgment-free environment where people can be in their bodies, nourish their bodies, connect with their breath, and reduce suffering. Help me out with your own ideas!
Child’s pose (balasana) is a posture in yoga that is often mentioned as a “resting pose” but for those of us in larger bodies, it can be anything but restful. Without enhancements or modifications to the pose, you can end up short of breath, with too much pressure in the face, or even a serious strain or injury to the neck. Let’s look at modifications for this pose.
You may have heard about Yoga Without Exception, a project that Annie of Supportive Yoga and I are working on. It’s a monthly membership site chock full of resources for yogis in larger bodies. We are filming content for it at the end of this month, and leading up to the pre-launch we’ll be blogging over … [Read more]
Workshop in Charlottesville, VA: Exploring Sun Salutations Saturday, January 24 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Open Heart Yoga Center in Charlottesville, Virginia Sun Salutations (surya namaskara) are the foundation of many yoga classes, and a classic example of vinyasa (synchronizing breath with movement). This sequence improves strength, flexibility, stamina and circulation, reduces stress, and increases mental … [Read more]
I hope your holiday season has been peaceful, warm, and wonderful! I can’t believe tomorrow is the final day of 2014! New schedule for 2015 Starting next week, I’m kicking off a new weekly class schedule in Charlottesville, Virginia. By popular request, I now have two evening classes per week, plus a morning class on … [Read more]
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching another weekly yoga class here in Charlottesville. Starting January 9, Fridays at 10:15am, join me at Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville for All Levels Hatha Yoga. AYC is above Mas Tapas in Belmont. About the class Come as you are and honor the body you bring to the mat today … [Read more]
I teach weekly yoga classes in Charlottesville, Virginia, but lots of you are far away and wish you could practice with me. Well, I am excited to announce that I will now be offering private yoga sessions via Skype! Ready to try yoga but don’t have a “yoga body”? Or maybe you’ve been intimidated by … [Read more]
I remember just a few years ago, if I wanted to buy workout clothes, I was going to be wearing a pair of leggings that was cheap, mostly made of cotton, and that came in one color – black. It probably started pilling within 2 washes, and I would quickly wear out the inner thighs. And … [Read more]
This post has been brewing in my heart and mind for a while. It’s one I haven’t really wanted to write, because deep reflections and looking at my own stuff is never easy. But several people have asked me for advice in this regard, and since I can speak to it personally, I wanted to share my … [Read more]
Brought to you by Body Positive Yoga & Supportive Yoga Get on our exclusive pre-launch list Find out when Yoga Without Exception goes live! When you sign up, you’ll also receive a FREE Supportive Yoga guide: Finding a yoga class that is right for you and being confident and comfortable in any yoga class. What is Yoga Without Exception? … [Read more]