I began my Hatha Yoga practice and training in 1995, exploring a variety of disciplines such as Ashtanga-vinyasa, Iyengar, Shadow, and Therapeutic. While pursuing my studies, I lived in San Francisco and London, settling in New York City, where I became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, receiving teaching certification in:
- Vinyasa Yoga, 200 hrs, Sonic Yoga NYC
- Therapeutic Yoga, 500 hrs, Abhyasa Yoga Center BKLYN
- Children’s Yoga, Level I, Level II, Level III, Little Flower Yoga NYC
I am currently deepening my knowledge of Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology with Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project. In my Yoga Anatomy study, I am examining the principles and the practices that provide a practical grounding in the essentials of the anatomy of yoga practice with a particular emphasis on the relationship between breathing and healthy spinal function. In my Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology study, I am addressing structure and movement from an experiential perspective, using principles from Body-Mind Centering, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, PNF, and various yoga practices to discuss principles of alignment and therapeutic applications.
In Hatha Yoga, the body and the breath are unified, either in asana, postures, or vinyasa, movements. Ha is the exhale, giving, masculine, the sun. Tha is the inhale, receiving, feminine, the moon. Whether it is postures or movements, the body is organized around the breath. Hatha Yoga is a relatively late arrival in the evolution of Yoga, dating back little more than one thousand years, entering the Western Hemisphere in the 1920s, and today it is the most widely practiced branch of Hindu Yoga. Hatha Yoga has many positive benefits and effects, especially health and fitness, but the true tradition of Yoga is in the practice of self-transcendence, self-transformation, and self-realization.
I offer a Therapeutic Yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, and the teachings of Mark Whitwell. It is with a profound passion that I offer the teachings and practice, clarifying its relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.
I also offer Reiki, a healing technique based on the principle of channeling energy into the recipient by means of touch, activating the natural healing processes of the recipient’s body while restoring physical and emotional balance and well-being. I received my training, transmission, and initiation of first degree Reiki this year of 2016. I have been practicing Self-Reiki every day since my transmission and initiation, and have found it to be extremely supportive, easy, and transformational. I would consider it an hour to share this with you if you want to add another layer of observation to your practice.
Photos by Anna Rose