“What is the soul of yoga? Follow your heart into the center of the pose and find in the midst of detail and precision, in breath, alignment, balance, bliss, fear and sadness – at the very core of all of this is love. Touch upon your truest nature even once and the experience of what you really are sears the psyche like the surface of the sun. The soul of yoga, the gift within the pose is the moment of communion, resting in pure essence, the awakening as if from sleep to the face of unmistakable divinity; the ineffable wonder and living reality of spirit – oh, yes – the soul of yoga is love.” ~ Danna Faulds
Aaaaahhh…one of my favorites. It speaks to the whole experience; the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice and the human being. My belief is…yoga should be exactly that…a complete practice for the whole self, all while steeped in love. My teaching and personal practices include attention to alignment and breath to touch the physical and mental aspects; along with an intention, or theme, that we can also take off the mat and back into our lives. The latter then brings our emotional and spiritual being to the practice. Classes tend to flow like a moving meditation. Conscious movement and breath united as one bringing the intention along for the ride.
My yoga journey began many moons ago in Los Angeles with Power Yoga. First, a short time with Bryan Kest in 1996 (I simply wasn’t ready to “get it” yet). Then a girlfriend brought me to Mark Blanchard’s class in 1997 and I had my “ah-ha” moment. I LOVED IT!! It was a very physical practice, but I was finally able to connect to my true essence as well. I was totally hooked. Although my practice and teaching have shifted significantly over the years as I learn and grow and age , I still love to move and flow (and yes, challenge from time to time), albeit at a bit slower pace.
Upon moving to NC in the summer of 1999 and discovering no yoga anywhere near me, I made my way back to CA the following summer and completed Mark’s 200 hour teacher training. I began teaching right away, and eventually opened Namasté Yoga Center in January 2002. I added to my teaching skills another 200 hour training in the tradition of Anusara in 2008. These 400 hours, combined with a multitude of workshops and continuing education over the years, continue to expand and grow me as a forever student of yoga, and a 17+ years experienced teacher. I sold Namasté Yoga Center as I prepared to have my first daughter. I continued to teach there until the studio eventually closed in the summer of 2012. I enjoyed teaching at a couple other local studios until Spring of 2017 when I decided to take a break from regularly scheduled classes. Currently I offer small group or individual private yoga sessions out of my home studio, or onsite classes/workshops that are needed for your community. Contact me if you’re interested. I’d be honored to share my love of yoga with you. ~ Namasté
Home Studio ~ one-on-one private sessions ~ semi-private and small group sessions
Onsite classes/workshops ~ these are taught at your location (business, home, community center, etc)
All privately scheduled sessions are tailored to meet the wants/needs of the individual or group. They can also be a blend of yoga and coaching. Contact me for more information and to schedule.