Coming from a background in modern dance, I see my own yoga practice as one flowing movement sequence, rather than separate postures. For me, the transitions from one posture to another are as important as the postures themselves. This dynamic way of practicing keeps the inner focus throughout the class and is a quality that I wish to share with my students. In my Flow classes all the movements are connected. There is a constant pulsing of the body, the movement never stops and therefore brings you into a meditative state.
In my classes we explore the bodies natural way of moving and we try to find a lightness in our practice. I work a lot with waving and rolling through the spine and moving with grace and fluidity. I strongly believe that Vinyasa Flow is an advanced practice because of its rhythm. I always advice beginners to take the time to learn each posture correctly before joining flow classes. To me Vinyasa feels like a dance, of which you need to learn the steps first.
My classes are a total experience. Everything is important. Sound, light, scent, temperature, surroundings. I want people to walk into the Shala and step into another world so they can start their journey inwards. I always check in with the energies present and feel what is the appropriate kind of practice for that day and that moment. I want people to feel nurtured and relaxed and I try to give everybody the attention they need and fill them up with positive energy.
Besides my verbal instructions I give a lot of hands-on adjustments in my class. The way I guide my students with my voice and my hands makes it able for them to stay in their focus. I think it is very important to make sure that my students don’t injure themselves. In this way I can also help them deepen, stabilize, align or find more ease in a pose. Instead of giving generalized alignment instructions I try to look at everyone’s individual needs. I strongly believe we should look at the function of a pose instead of trying to copy ‘the picture in the book’.
YIN Yoga is a more passive form of yoga opposite to the more dynamic forms of yoga such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Instead of focusing on lengthening and strengthening the muscles, we focus on the joints and the deeper connective tissues like the fascia and the ligaments.
In my Yin classes we will work through a series of postures that are held for a long time, at least 2 minutes. Although YIN Yoga is a simple practice, it is not an easy one and it can be very challenging for the body and the mind because we have to slow down, let go and accept our bodies. By enhancing the flow of Prana, we work through blockages in the body that can store old emotions.
We all need to be centered balanced an whole. For our bodies to stay healthy and in balance we need the Yin as much as the Yang.