I teach group yoga classes at CERA from 6-7 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at SoulSpace Yoga Community from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, I teach chair yoga at True Worth Place on Tuesday afternoons and at The Stayton on Wednesdays (10:15 a.m.) and Fridays (10:45 a.m.).
I also teach private yoga lessons in homes and offices. Private yoga lessons can be a great way to deepen your practice, to work on a specific physical goal, to make progress toward a yoga pose, or to learn ways to tailor a practice to suit your needs. Ready to schedule a session or just want it learn more? Contact me and let’s set up a time to talk!
What can I expect in my private lesson?
Before our first session, I’ll ask you a few questions about your goals and any physical issues you would like to address. This will allow me to plan for our session and to tailor it according to your needs. Typical sessions begin with a few slow, grounding movements and then move to a heat-building flow. Depending on your needs, we usually end with stretches designed to release the hamstrings, hips, shoulders, or back. Finally, we settle into savasana, a pose of deep rest.
What should I wear? Should I bring anything?
Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. Cotton or sweat-wicking synthetics with stretchy waist bands tend to work well for most people. You will be barefoot during our session, so shoes and socks are not necessities. Bring a yoga mat and any additional props you prefer. I will provide two blocks, a bolster, and a strap for your use.
How can I prepare for our session?
Staying hydrated will help ease stretching and muscle recovery, and will help reduce the likelihood of cramping and light-headedness. Most people need a daily intake between .5 and 1 oz of water for every pound they weigh. For example, a person who weighs 300 lbs would need to drink between 150 and 300 ounces of water daily. Try to make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day — I almost always carry a water bottle to remind myself to hydrate!
Traditional yogic wisdom has recommended practicing yoga on an empty stomach. This allows the body to move more freely with less discomfort. Many people find that waiting to practice yoga 3-4 hours after a large meal or 1-2 hours after a small meal or snack is sufficient wait time to move comfortably.
Heavy meals that take a long time to digest can cause discomfort during the yoga practice. Opt for nutrient-rich foods that leave you feeling both satiated and energized, and avoid foods that irritate your body or leave you feeling bloated. Personally, I’ve found that eating according to Ayurvedic guidelines helps me achieve this state of energy and satiety. To learn more about Ayurveda, visit the University of Maryland Medical Center’s site here.