yoga class

Class Recordings, March 20 and 22, 2018

This week I taught students the chant "oṃ śāntīḥ" for our meditation. The yoga practice emphasized forward bending postures and exhale technique for a lightening, relaxing effect. The classes were similar, with the evening option being a little more relaxing to prepare students for winding down at the end of the day.

Tuesday, 10:30 am, 3/20/2018

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 3/22/2018

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many free class recordings, as well as full video routines and tutorials. I hope you find them useful!

Class Recordings: March 13 and 15, 2018

The following recordings are from classes for intermediate students, with a focus on pausing after exhale to prepare for bandha work. We did some nice cleansing breathwork and meditation as well. 

Tuesday, 10:30 am, 3/13/18

Thursday, 10:30 am, 3/15/18

Thursday, 5:30 pm, 3/15/18 - similar to Tuesday morning's class

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many free class recordings, as well as full video routines and tutorials. I hope you find them useful!

Class Recordings: Beginning Yoga, March 2018

Here are the recordings for the six-week Beginning Yoga course I am teaching March through April 2018.

I hope these recordings support your developing yoga practice. This sequence of classes is a wonderful start for complete beginners, and they also offer a gentle option for more advanced students to deepen their practice in the basics.

Class 1 - Feeling the breath, forward bending poses to relax the back and hips

Class 2 - More forward bending poses, with a focus on strengthening legs and back

Class 3 - Backward bending poses, focusing on strengthening the upper back and arms

Class 4 - Twisting poses, with a strengthening, stretching and cleansing effect

Class 5 - Balance practice and side-lengthening postures for stability, space and focus.

Class 6 - More balance practice, and emphasis on personal experience in the practice

 

You can find these recordings and many other video and audio practices and tutorials on my Patreon page. I hope you find them useful!

I am planning to offer Beginning Yoga again soon--please contact me for the next start dates.

Class Recordings: February 15, 2018

This week we focused on preparing upper body strength for adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog), as well as a breathing ratio with pause after inhale and exhale to build capacity to work with bandhas later in the spring. The meditation object was the moon and light--with the intention of helping students recognize their inner knowing, even when it seems covered and hazy. My hope was that a meditation on moonlight would also have a cooling, soothing affect after the work of so many back-bending and core strengthening postures.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 2/15/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 2/15/18

These recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can find many more audio and video recordings to support your yoga practice. Please enjoy the resources!

Class Recordings: January 18, 2018

These recordings are taken during my regular weekly yoga classes. This week we are working on twisting postures and preparing for some poses that require a little more flexibility in the legs, hips and spine (like janu sirsasana) and strength in the upper back and core.

Both classes include a pranayama for a lengthened exhale and a meditation on snow.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 1/18/18

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 1/18/18

The recordings are hosted on my Patreon page, where you can access many free class recordings, tutorials, and yoga videos. Enjoy!

Class Recordings: Beginning Yoga, January 2018

Here are recordings from the 6-week Beginning Yoga class I taught in January and February 2018.

If you were a student in the class, I hope you find these recordings helpful to remember and practice techniques between classes. If you weren't able to come to class this time around, you are welcome to use these recordings for your own practice at home. I hope you find these recordings supportive and informative.

Class 1 - Focus on smooth breathing and poses that stretch the back of the body

Class 2 - Focus on breathing and backward-bending poses that lengthen the front of the body and strengthen the back

Class 3 - Introduction of Side-bending postures and furthering exhale lengthening and meditation practice

Class 4 - Twisting Postures and introducing a pause after exhale and sitting meditation

Class 5 - Downward Facing Dog pose*

Class 6 - Some balance challenges and a quieting, focusing breath and meditation practice to close our series

The links will take to the files on my Patreon page, where you'll find many more class recordings, videos and other resources. Enjoy!

I hope you find these recordings useful. You can learn more about the next Beginning Yoga series here, or email me if you'd like to inquire about the class.

*I forgot to record the Beginner class on February 8, so I taught similar content to next week's 5pm Thursday class to share here

Class Recordings: January 4, 2017

Today was all about connecting with the breath to create space and to bring more freedom and focus to our movements. We are still working on twisting poses in class, as well as some asymmetrical forward bending postures to lengthen the sides of the body (especially the spine and hips). Both classes include pause-after-exhale breathing and a meditation on water.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 1/4/2017

Thursday, 5:00 pm, 1/4/2017

The links above take you to the audio files hosted on my Patreon page where you can listen completely free. Enjoy!

Class Recordings: December 21, 2017

I am working on sharing audio recordings of live classes, and I have a couple from yesterday's class ready to share. I intend to keep them all on my Patreon page, so you can access them for a home practice if you can't make it to class or want to do a guided yoga routine between classes.

Both classes have a similar sequence of yoga poses, and a focus on lengthening exhale. The meditation is intended to bring a sense of lightness and kindness in preparation for holiday celebrations. You will want a chair and a towel or blanket handy for the morning class, and possibly for the evening class as well.

Thursday, 10:30 am, 12/21/17
Thursday, 5:30 pm, 12/21/17

You can stream these audio recordings completely free.If you try the links out, I appreciate your input on the recordings. Thank you, and I hope you find them useful!

Easy, Relaxing Yoga Practice

I have a lovely, short, easy yoga practice for you.

It's perfect for beginning, never-done-yoga-before newbies.

It's even good for I-can-do-everything yoga pros.

One of the things that surprised me when I started doing a home practice that was designed for me by another teacher (when I began studying in the viniyoga tradition) was that doing "easy" stuff actually worked.

I thought that the quickest way to get to my goals was to do the most challenging stuff possible.

But regularly stressing my body wasn't working very well. It definitely wasn't helping me feel more comfortable or strong or physically balanced. It was wearing me down.

My teacher gave me a practice that I thought was way too easy to actually do anything. But after doing it for a few days, I noticed I felt better. I was less stressed, my neck felt better and my breathing was so much smoother. I also had more energy and felt more patient and easygoing.

Things don't have to be hard to work. And it turns out, if you work well within your capacity (think 80%) you actually progress faster.

But don't just take my word for it. Do this simple practice once a day for a few days. If you like it, come to class or get a private lesson so you can have something designed just for you.

Six Free Yoga Videos

Students often ask where they can find video recordings online so they can practice at home or when traveling.

I keep a Patreon page where you can access free videos and audio recordings of yoga classes. Patreon allows creators (like me!) to share the videos and other things I create with an online audience, and it gives fans of my work the opportunity to support what I do so I can do more of it.

 
 

The Yoga Videos will always be free, so please share with friends and family. I hope you find them useful! If you choose to support my work, you'll get extra rewards, like access to download audio versions of the practice, tutorials, chanting recordings, and whatever else I think you'll enjoy.

In addition to my Patreon page, here is a collection of free yoga videos that I recommend to beginning students. They are safe for most levels of fitness, although I strongly encourage you to work with an experienced yoga teacher in person first. Especially if you are wanting your yoga practice to help, or at least not exacerbate, a previous injury, it is important to work with somebody who can see you and interact with you. Please don't assume that just because it's yoga, it can't hurt!

Low Back and Sacrum Therapy Yoga Practice (Gary Kraftsow)

Train Your Balance Yoga Practice (Olga Kabel)

Yoga for Beginners (Esther Eckhart)

Gentle Yoga for Beginners and Seniors (The Mat Project)

Morning Yoga - Gentle Morning Sequence (Yoga with Adriene)

Meditation to Detach from Over-Thinking (Michael Seeley)

 

I hope these resources help you access yoga wherever you are!

Of course, I always recommend working with a teacher to develop your practice when you can. I work with a mentor who guides me in a personal practice, and I have found that yoga is so much more fruitful when it's designed for me by somebody with experience.

I encourage you to attend a yoga class or consider private lessons to get more personalized feedback.

The most important thing is that your yoga practice supports you and creates space for connecting with the inner, essential you.

Best wishes to you on your yoga journey!