I teach gentle yoga to people who think they can’t do yoga.
I am a Yoga Alliance RYT200 instructor living in Brooklyn NYC who studies in the lineage of TKV Desikachar.
The gentle style of yoga I teach is especially suited to people who have never exercised before, seniors, and those with weight or mobility issues. Breathing is the foundation, movement is secondary. Your movements are coordinated with your breath, and you move solely within your own comfort and ability.
My yoga teacher training was done in the lineage of T.K.V. Desikachar, whose father – Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – is recognized as “the father of modern yoga.” Desikachar originally trained to be an engineer but shifted to working with his father during Krishnamacharya’s later years. (He lived to be 100!) The yoga they provided to people was holistic, not simply physical exercise, and its purpose was to provide a path – especially to those in frail health or suffering with chronic conditions – toward an overall experience of wellness, physically and emotionally.
In this spirit, the yoga classes I teach are designed to be affordable and for those who need yoga most of all. Everything can be done seated, at one’s own pace and within one’s own range of movement. As well as experiencing the benefits of increased blood and lymphatic circulation, there are also the benefits of using the breath for stress relief, relaxation and shifting to a positive internal focus. And during these pandemic days, every class includes movements that counteract the effects of prolonged sitting, poor posture, and neck stress.
I am also trained in Yin Yoga – another gentle style – and I am a Chartered Herbalist (Dominion Herbal College, Canada).
I taught yoga classes at the Mid Atlantic Fiber Association’s MAFA 2019 conference. This video was made for those who attended the classes and wanted to continue at home: