Welcome to Yoga For Everyone. I truly believe that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. “If you can breathe, you can do yoga". Practicing yoga is so versatile that there is always a way to make it suitable for each person's individual needs. Whether you are new to yoga or a more experienced practitioner, you will discover that the practice itself is the reward. You will notice a positive difference in how you feel, both physically and mentally. It is a wonderful way to keep the body healthy and the mind peaceful!
My yoga classes are structured to effectively work all parts of the body, and will help you improve your flexibility, strength, and balance. Throughout class, I remind my students to let go of any competition, judgment, or expectations. I invite them to turn their attention inward, listen to their body, and work at their own pace while focusing on safety and proper alignment. My goal is to guide my students towards achieving a healthy balance in the body and mind.
My yoga classes will help you:
Overall, practicing yoga will help you create a wonderful sense of balance in your body and mind! You're never too young or too old to reap the health benefits of yoga. Everyone can benefit from yoga!
This section contains information on how to do some advanced poses. It is important to understand the foundation of the pose first and to take it one step at a time in order to do the pose safely. There is no rush. Simply observe and listen to your body with compassion and acceptance. With a consistent practice, you will begin to notice positive changes. Be patient and accept where you are in the process without any judgment. Always listen to your body. Our yoga practice becomes a learning journey in which we discover more about ourselves along the path. It is not about the destination. It is more important to enjoy the journey!
CHALLENGE POSE: Mermaid Pose
This month's yoga pose is Mermaid Pose (a variation of Pigeon pose). This is an advanced pose and should only be attempted by those who are very comfortable in Pigeon Pose. To begin, start in Downward-Facing Dog and step your right shin to the front of the mat and extend your back leg straight. Work on squaring your hips by encouraging the left hip to fall towards the mat. Place your fingertips on the mat, and straighten your arms. Gently roll your shoulders back and down. Next, bend your left knee and reach back with your left hand and take hold your foot. Take a few breaths here to open up your thigh muscles (quadriceps).
If you are able to take it one step further, begin to slowly bend in your left elbow to draw the foot in closer towards your body. Please take your time here and listen to your body. It might take awhile before getting to this step. Be patient. You can always go back to the previous step until you are ready. Next, slide your left foot down the inside of your forearm until it lands in the crook of your elbow. Engage your core by lifting up through your belly and slowly reach the right hand back to clasp the left.
Keeping your hands clasped, lightly let the arms slide behind your back so that the right elbow points straight up towards the sky. Once the arm is behind you, take your gaze forward. Remember to keep the hips as squared as possible. BREATHE, STAY FOCUSED, AND ENJOY THE POSE! Stay here for 8-10 breaths. Then slowly release your clasp and come back into Pigeon pose. When you are ready, go back into Downward Facing Dog and repeat these steps on the other side.
Benefits of Mermaid pose:
CHALLENGE POSE: Warrior III
Last month's Yoga pose was Warrior III - a challenging standing balance. One of the keys to finding a safe & stable expression of this pose is to engage the core muscles and keep the pelvis stable so you support your lower back. You can come into this pose either from Warrior I or Mountain pose. It is helpful to approach this pose in two phases: first finding a steady balance as you begin to lean forward, and then extending the arms. As you extend out through the fingertips, draw the shoulder blades down towards the hips. There is a tendency to roll the hip open in the extended leg, therefore use a slight internal rotation of the extended leg to drop the hip and counteract any imbalance in the pelvis. Try activating the standing leg as much as possible without locking out the knee. Lengthen from the core of the pelvis and try to maintain the hips level. BREATHE, STAY FOCUSED, AND ENJOY THE POSE!
Benefits of Warrior III pose: