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.