I discovered the benefits of Yoga while recovering from a debilitating knee injury which prevented me from doing the only sport I seemed to enjoy; running. A long time has passed since I recovered from the injury and since I ran more than a few miles at a time. However, in the last few years, I have had both of my hips surgically reconstructed, preventing me not only from running, but also from practicing other high impact sports that I used to enjoy. Through each procedure, Yoga has helped me to heal and strengthen my body while also transforming restlessness into a sense of peace and calmness. I became a Certified Yoga Instructor in an effort to share my passion for a transformative practice with those new to Yoga as well as with those who are serious practitioners and want to deepen their practice. Because of my surgical history, I have developed each and every class, with a focus on providing modifications for those recovering from an injury or managing a chronic condition.
As a Pranavayu Certified Yoga Instructor, I have combined the basic principles of the practice - skeletal positioning, logical sequencing and guided meditation, with my love for music and overall fitness and created classes that are dynamic and high energy with creative transitions and an emphasis on increasing endurance, strength and flexibility.
All of my Yoga classes start with a breathing exercise and end with a guided meditation to help you leave the class balanced, centered and with a clear mind. Classes are open to all levels and modifications and adjustments are provided in an effort to meet the student’s level and/or to avoid/manage injuries. My passion for music is reflected in every class so come ready to hear some cool rhythms and tunes.
Types of Classes
A slower paced Yoga class perfect for beginners as well as more experienced students who wish to strengthen the foundation of their practice. This class focuses on a unique sequence designed to make it easier to develop full body strength and flexibility.
Hip-Hop Power Yoga
A high energy and dynamic Vinyasa style Yoga class featuring mainly standing poses and creative transitions to a rocking play list of Hip-Hop, Pop, Reggaeton, and other genres of music from around the world. Designed for students of all levels who want to experience the benefits of a Yoga class that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility and improving balance all while moving to a fun playlist. Class moves at a moderate pace so be prepared to sweat!
Whether you are new to Yoga, want to deepen your practice, are working with an injury, or simply don’t have the time to make it to a class, a private session is a great way to meet your needs and to help determine your level of comfort before joining a class while also ensuring that the foundation of the pose is solid and correctly aligned.
Boot Camp Yoga
A class guaranteed to raise your heart rate, define your muscles and burn a ton of calories by combining the basic Yoga principles with light weights, double and triple Chaturangas and creative challenging transitions. Class is open to all fitness levels.
This class is designed to address the issues that affect most males. Tight hamstrings, calves and quads are the primary focus as well as shoulders and lower backs. Dudettes with similar afflictions are welcome to attend.
These are just a few of my favorite poses that help me stretch my super tight hip flexors, open my back and calm my busy mind.
Baby Camel Pose
Come to a kneeling position and place your hips directly above your knees. Your shoulders should be above your hips. Press your knees firmly against your mat and place your hands at your hips. With a deep inhale bring your right arm behind you and lightly grab your right heel. Continue to press your hips forward and the knees against your mat. Hold for 5 full inhales and exhales. Repeat on the other side.
Come to a kneeling position and place your hips directly above your knees. Your shoulders should be above your hips. Press your knees against your mat and place your hands at your hips. With a deep inhale, gently press your hips forward and slide you belly towards your chest and press the crown of he head back. Hold for 5 full inhales and exhales.
Meditation is a powerful tool. It does not require any special equipment or clothing so it can be practiced anywhere. Start by coming to a seated position. If comfortable for you, cross your legs in front of you and place your right hand on your right knee and left hand on left knee. You may also place right hand on top of left hand with your thumbs lightly touching. Close your eyes and bring all of your awareness to the sound of your breathing. Let your breath be completely natural and pay close attention to your exhales. Try to remain in this state for 10 full exhales at first, then add more as you get more comfortable. When the mind wonders, go back and start at 1. Practice daily for better results.