You will need a yoga mat, and may also want to bring a water bottle, and perhaps a hand towel. Masks are optional. If you use props in your practice (blocks, straps, yoga blankets, etc.), please bring them. Due to COVID, I do not supply extra mats or props. Fitted exercise clothing is recommended. Yoga is practiced in bare feet. First-timers should get to the studio 5 minutes before your class starts to meet me and ask any questions. Please bring your Session Intention form that you were sent in your confirmation email so that I can go over it with you. Please turn off your cell phone and leave it in the studio foyer.
Yes, there is a bathroom with a shower at the studio.
I am a thoughtful, knowledgeable instructor with more than 23 years of teaching experience. I have a unique, holistic approach that combines yoga with wellness so that students learn much more than just yoga poses each time they come to class. The yoga studio itself is a sanctuary: a charming ‘cottage’ in a quiet, garden setting with a high ceiling, cork floor, and lots of windows looking out over the swimming pool and pine trees.
Students in my Live+Virtual format enroll in a full 2-month course of classes as there is an intentional wellness theme and the classes often build upon one another. I also run my classes as courses because to see the benefits of yoga you need to make a regular commitment to it. It is hard for us humans to be disciplined sometimes, and registering for a 2-month course is a good way to hold yourself accountable.
My ‘Live+Virtual’ courses include a weekly Zoom class that students can either join live or watch the recording at their convenience. The weekly audio session is available for 7 days to keep students motivated but, if you end up missing a week and want to ‘make it up,’ you also have on-demand access to my Video Library to use throughout the course which has two dozen classes from 20-75 minutes in length.
I ask students to refrain from wearing fragrances or scented products (lotions, perfumes, deodorants, hairspray, fabric softeners, etc.) to in-person classes, and if you’ve bought a new mat, consider airing it out before bringing it to class. As a Highly Sensitive Person, I have a sensitivity to certain fragrances and smells and appreciate that no fragrances means everyone–myself included–can feel comfortable taking nice deep yoga breaths!
My Live+Virtual Yoga Courses are ideal for students who enjoy having a home practice (fellow introverts and HSPs, I’m looking at you in particular! ;) but would benefit from a weekly live Zoom class, as well as guided audio sessions and access to my Video Library. Visit my Live+Virtual Yoga Courses page for more details and registration info, and fill out the form on the Connect page to subscribe to my email list to find out about upcoming courses.
I do! Aqua Yoga sessions take place in the summer months in my heated pool adjacent to the yoga studio. Especially beneficial for those with joint pain to help improve strength, flexibility and range of motion, Aqua Yoga is also a wonderful form of prenatal exercise. It offers all yogis a fun way to diversify their practice during the warm weather months. The best part: floating Savasana! See more details on my Private Yoga+Wellness Sessions page.
I specialize in working with people who are new to yoga. Private instruction is the best way for beginners to safely and effectively begin their yoga journey. It can be very beneficial to take a few private classes that serve as an introduction and overview to the practice. And if you aren’t that flexible, then you’ve come to the right place! ;) You don’t have to be flexible to start doing yoga. During the day, much of our activity — or lack thereof — shortens muscles. Think about how often you either sit at a desk, in your car or at home. Yoga lengthens and strengthens muscles while helping release stress. While becoming more flexible is a great benefit of yoga, an even greater benefit is that it helps us to live more powerfully and peacefully in our body. This gain happens regardless of whether or not you can touch your toes!
I do not keep the studio at a set temperature and instead strive to keep it at a moderately comfortable temperature for most people year-round. Students are encouraged to wear layers and regulate their own body temperature.
I have developed all of my offerings with the intention of encouraging students to ‘dive deeper’ into their yoga practices and live better in their body: through private yoga+wellness sessions, my self-paced online courses, my Wellness Blog, my Yoga Book Club and more. Please subscribe to my email list to find out more!
Doing yoga can build bone and muscle strength and increase flexibility as we age, and taking a class once a week is great–but did you know that you need to practice 5-7 days a week to see sustainable results? If you need a little support hitting that goal, I can help. Take some private classes with me, enroll in one of my ‘Live+Virtual’ courses, or purchase my ’15 Minute Yoga for a Better Body’ self-paced video course of seven 15-minute videos (one for each day of the week) to stretch what’s tight; strengthen what’s weak; improve your posture and balance; relax your body; and calm your mind.