What type of practice?
My Dynamic Yoga classes are loosely based on the Ashtanga Primary Series, originally created by Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. This series of yoga postures works both on building strength and openness throughout the body to create balance. By heightening bodily awareness and breathing technique, practitioners learn to work deeper within the poses.
I use yoga props and modifications as I teach, to assist with alignment, and to allow students to explore their bodies and its capabilities in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
To this framework, we often add yoga poses from outside the Primary Series, and Functional Range Conditioning movements (FRC) where it serves to facilitate another pose or build strength in a particular area. We sometimes explore these poses in a slower static style with props more akin to the Iyengar method or more dynamically. Occasionally, I mix everything up in a flowing sequence of moves often referred to as Vinyasa Flow as I love the creativity of this form of dynamic practice.
My Ashtanga Techniques class at The Yoga Hutch is an opportunity to work on specific aspects of the Ashtanga practice (e.g. form of the vinyasa, forward folds, back bends or inversions) or breaking down specific poses such as Supta Kurmasana (sleeping tortoise), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward facing bow).
I also use 'hands-on assists' (with the consent of students) with my teaching so that students can understand and feel how to move and work in the pose themselves. This helps develop proprioception - the ability to know where your body is in space.
I also teach and assist using the Mysore method of self-practice where students follow the Primary Series (w/o being led by the teacher) or whatever Ashtanga series they are working on at their own pace and the teacher offers individual guidance, hands-on assists to the students where appropriate.
A slower introspective yoga practice, where you hold the poses for a longer duration in stillness and using the breath to unlock deeply held tension in the connective tissue (fascia), particularly notoriously stiff areas like the shoulders and hips.
Yin Yoga works on the Chinese system of energy channels, known as meridians. Yin yoga poses often stimulate a number of these meridians throughout the body allowing the energy to flow freely within them. I include a variety of poses in my classes, some being more classical Yin, others being more Restorative in nature. Classes tend to be themed and I accompany the practice relevant with readings and poetry.
My Yin Yoga classes often include a guided meditation to find stillness in the mind. We often have a pranayama (breathwork) section where we explore a particular technique together. Frequently I incorporate a Yoga Nidra (lying form of meditation) where you explore the liminal space between awake and asleep. It is in this space that the body and mind can completely relax and regenerate.
YIN & GONG
Accompanied by the powerful vibrations of the gong, I teach a 40-45 min sequence of Yin/Restorative postures with minimal instruction so as not to detract from the sounds. These sessions are a slower style of yoga practice to invite introspection. Students hold the poses for a longer duration in stillness and using the breath to unlock deeply held tension in the connective tissue (fascia), The therapeutic vibrations of the gongs facilitate this tension-release as it can transport students into a theta brain wave state ... a state of blissful relaxation.
In the second part of the session students take savasana (rest pose) or a seated meditative pose to enjoy a beautiful sound bath including not only gongs, but crystal bowls, singing bowls and other atmospheric percussion instruments like chimes and an ocean drum. At the beginning of this session I offer some gentle hands on to make students more comfortable while lying down. All in all a perfect evening for deep physical and mental healing.