My first yoga class was on a trip to India - the motherland. It was excruciating. Downward Dog was no ‘home base', it was torture! But I hated that I hated it so much, so I returned, over and over again until I couldn’t live without it. I was so obsessed with yoga, that I used to teach my friends poses at dinner parties. It was one of those friends, who decided for me that I needed to share yoga more formally.
My teaching style continues to evolve the more I experience life. Right now, I am really into encouraging people to fill shapes with their own meaning and sometimes that means they look conventional and sometimes they don't. I'm obsessing over more fluid movements so that people can better explore their own alignment, a place of contrast in their bodies.
Adjustments/Assists: Always - the subtle kind that encourages energetic shifts in those pockets of stillness.
Theming: Class themes are really important. I tend to draw from my own experiences, whether they are past or present. Sometimes it's something simple like sharing knowledge from a book I am reading, or something more complicated like a breakdown of my week - haha. I also reference the Embodied Flow principles when theming, as they are a valuable tool in helping people presence themselves to deeper layers of their bodies and experiences.
Sequencing: In a way that supports the interweaving of the theme throughout the class. Sometimes it's physical and sometimes it's more subtle. I like to teach in the same way that I like to move, which tends to be creatively, that originates from fluidity.
My teachers. Books. Podcasts. Movies. Friends. Students. Family. I guess most importantly, me. My own human experience. I suppose you learn information, but you can't really teach or share it until you can put it into the container of your own experiences.
The current 'why' behind my practice is to be the most awake, alive and energetic version of myself. This is a huge motivator behind what I share and encourage others to find in themselves.
My practice has softened a lot. I used to push a lot harder. Being the 'go go go' type and seeing so much of that in my students, softness is something I have grown into. I now often ask myself, does this shape, this exertion, this push, help to facilitate and re-enact the easeful life that I wish to lead. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. I try to keep my practice honest. And sometimes that is really hard.
I have also found that the more my practice matures the more my meditation practice turns into a non-negotiable. So many of my classes are inspired and downloaded during these silent moments in my day.
Tara Judelle and the Embodied Flow philosophy have completely re-shaped my relationships to myself, others and my environment.
An honest, fluid, creative and down to earth class that will challenge you, but also encourage that easefulness that we all need. Expect great music, authentic stories, laughter and most importantly my undivided presence.
Slow flow is my jam. My days are often busy, chaotic and crammed. Yoga is an opportunity to slow down and reflect. Helping people unwind with slow, mindful movements that mimic our liquid nature soothes my soul. I also love side-bending, this is often neglected in every day movements so it feels so juicy and luxurious to get people thinking about the sides.
Right now, I am really into encouraging people to fill shapes with their own meaning and sometimes that means they look conventional and sometimes they don't.
I practice free movement. I love exploring the way my body can move outside of the structure of asana. I also love swimming, running and walking…I am obsessed with getting at least 1,0000 steps a day.
The bay. On a still day, when I can see the city reflecting on the water. Inspired by contrast.
Brene Brown for a volunerability check up. Kyle Cease for a solid and raw belly laugh. Bruce Liption for my science fix (I'm obsessed with Law of Attraction at the moment). I would like to Ride in the car with James Corden for some car pool karaoke. Oops that's four!
I am laughing uncontrollably.