My interest in yoga and mindful practices was cemented during a time of grief and disconnection. I became passionate about the therapeutic potential of yogic practices for self-regulation, embodied curiosity and supported healing.
Over years I've seen these practices and philosophies cultivate, not only personal connection and compassion, but an empowered subtle activism within community.
Adjustments/Assists: I often use verbal suggestions to guide students into an interoceptive and felt self-adjustment. This empowers people to notice the shift and decide if it's what they want to do with their bodies. Depending on the context in which I am teaching, I might physically adjust if I feel I can truly add value to a student's exploration of that moment in their body. I use permission cards and always do my best to seek fluid, clear and mutual consent when touching someone's body.
Theming: I theme my classes simply and slowly, drawing on the contextual elements of who is in the space and our environmental setting. I like to teach in a way that gives autonomy to those I'm holding space for to direct their practice where they need to. Thematic sharing will usually be gentle and noninvasive; guided meditations, poems, quotes, philosophical ideas, nature.
Sequencing: I often think of sequencing as a creative process that has structural foundations of duration, style and logical preparation, but in-between lies space for inspiration, interpretation and variation. I tend to direct awareness towards particular physical locations in the body and invite a felt and intuitive exploration of movement, breath and attention in that area.
I am constantly inspired and motivated by the people around me, on and off the yoga mat. Teaching is a shared experience and connection, community and collaboration is what makes it real and worthy.
I've become much more flexible with the idea of my practice shifting and changing shape in relation with life. I give myself permission now for my practice to look and feel different all the time.
I like to give people space and time to let their individual practice reveal itself. I want participants to have freedom over how they choose to move and how they choose to direct their attention. I use inclusive and invitational language to support mindful experimentation and intuitive exploration. I aim to consciously create safer spaces for all abilities, all bodies, all genders.
I tend to direct awareness towards particular physical locations in the body and invite a felt and intuitive exploration of movement, breath and attention in that area.
I'd say it would be a very fluid, slow, moving meditation into yin. Very close to the earth to let everything just unravel, detangle, land.
I spend a lot of my time just rolling around on the floor, but I also love to ride my bike, swim in the ocean, walk in the bush and boogie!
The dog beach.
I'm laughing with my loved people.
I'm always told it's a leopard, but I'd say that's largely a stylistic similarity.