Cultivating Breath, Mind & Body Consciousness
Hatha Yoga is a system of cultivation by which the individual frees himself from the burden of the world and its bondage. --Shandor Remete
You are the mantra. --His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswati
My Style of Yoga
Sensitive to the Aging Process
Unlike today's popular and eye pleasing styles of yoga, I like to think of ancient themes: effortless...elasticity...becoming one...doing by not doing.
In my own training, and now at 57, I've gravitated toward yoga as art. Rather than pushing the body into dishonorable conditions, I resort to slow movements that gently push the aging body while respecting its limitations.
Harder than you think! But nevertheless, aligning body to breath to mind is my ultimate goal in yoga, which, I believe, makes a difference in my living and will in my dying.
Private Yoga for 40 and Older
In my private yoga classes, I look closely at:
how your body works to understand its potentials and growing limitations using asanas
your relationship to the aging body in these and other states while holding asanas
patterns of your mind by applying the art of mental training to cope with loss and change
your energy style to create balance with mind and changing body
your breathing habits to make adjustments for maintaining elasticity in the lungs
understanding and applying yoga to your second half of life and ultimately your last breath
Did You Know?
As we age--and this includes yoga students and teachers--we begin to:
lose bone density after 30
lose their medial arch of the feet, making for wider and longer feet (not to mention a shift in balance)
lose muscle mass and muscles start to shrink
encounter back, neck, and shoulder pain due (in part) to a shift in posture
sleep less (interrupted sleep)
I separate psychotherapy from yoga. I work with a client currently in therapy but only after I have received the therapist's consent.