My simple goal is to make yoga practical and applicable to anyone who walks into the classroom. Not everyone needs to take 90 mins out of their day for yoga asana practice, however learning the tools to integrate yoga practice into everyday life takes time, practice and teachers that are willing to share their honest experience of yoga.
Teaching yoga is a practice onto itself. This requires me to constantly explore and re-examine my own practice in an effort to understand the most effective pedagogy and methodology with which to communicate the practice of yoga to students. I strive to present a safe and balanced asana class that teaches students how to individualize the practice. My own studies and experiences have taught me that it is necessary for the student to go beyond “lather, rinse, repeat” instruction to develop a subtle understanding of their own body and mind. By cultivating this understanding, the body, mind and breath synchronize and we can glimpse the state of yoga on a very practical level.
A yoga asana class should be a venue for education, exploration, and cultivation of strength, stability, and clarity. It should also be an opportunity for students to refine the skillful means to help develop their own personal practice of asana, pranayama and/or meditation. All of these skills, tempered of course with a healthy sense of humor, make the study of a yoga a fantastic tool that can enhance our lives off the mat. With these goals in mind, I try to make every class a fun and challenging dialogue between myself and the students.
Work from the ground up! This class focuses on standing poses, simple backbends and balances to develop awareness, strength and coordination. Appropriate for brand new beginners as well as experienced practitioners looking to refine the basics.
This class works on a much more subtle level exploring not only the shape of the pose but the internal actions of the asana. Inversions, and deeper backbends are taught on a regular basis. Students should have a basic understanding of all of the standing postures as well as a comfortable Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog).
Learn to relax! Restorative sessions meld postures fully supported by props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, chairs etc) with pranayama and meditation. This class is for all levels.
all classes held at Back Bay Yoga Studio
Teacher Trainings and workshops are a fantastic way to deepen your own practice. A full listing of programs are provided below. All programs are held at Back Bay Yoga Studio unless otherwise noted.
"Most of all I want to teach people the tools to go practice on their own. As essential as it is to have fantastic teachers, in my own experience transformation and change only comes from personal practice." Ryan
Yoga with Ryan Cunningham
Thursday, December 19
Luna Presence Yoga, OH
Level 2/3, 10-12pm
Level 1/2 + Restorative, 6-8pm
Winter 2014 Teacher Training
January 20 - May 4, 2014
Back Bay Yoga
with Lynne Begier and Caitlyn Graham
Price: $2900 before December 15, $3000 after
Summer 2014 Teacher Training
June 9 - August 10, 2014
Back Bay Yoga
with Lynne Begier and Goldie Kaufenberg
Price: $2900 before May 1, $3000 after
September 25-28, 2014
Dragonfly Yoga Barn, NH
with Ryan Hill
Classes, trainings and workshops are held at Back Bay Yoga Studio unless otherwise noted
364 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116