May you be present with each precious moment
Gentle Yoga Classes
**Please see my classes page with online yoga information during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2010 I began my weekly Gentle Evening Yoga series to nourish our connection of mind body and spirit. Classes meet Wednesdays 6pm-7:15pm at the beautiful Joy of Movement Studio in Chatham Mills and support our transition into a peaceful evening. Folks of all shapes, colors, orientations, and levels of experience are welcome! Together we stretch, balance, build strength, and relax. I facilitate a playful and mindful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. My background as a massage therapist and herbalist means I weave anatomy, easy self-massage, and my love of nature into class in an accessible, inspiring, and unique way.
Students receive a discount when signing up for a whole session (usually 8-weeks in duration) and drop ins are also available. All props are provided; just bring your wonderful self (and a friend if you wish). Please consult the events page to confirm dates for dropping into a class.
Cancellation Policy & Missed Classes: For students paying for a session, please note that I am unable to give refunds or credits once the session has begun. If you need to miss class, you are able to send a friend in your place, or bring a friend for free with you to another class in the session.
Personalized One to One Yoga Guidance
I offer personalized one-to-one yoga guidance, as a stand alone session of 75-minutes or longer or as part of a longer bodywork/energy work session. Clients can take home a set of yoga poses customized to their healing needs (we can draw diagrams and write descriptions to use as a reference for your home practice).
When incorporated with bodywork, I usually set aside a 2-hour session that begins with 30-45 minutes of personalized yoga instruction, then shifts to time on the table for a polarity therapy session or to the floor for a barefoot bodywork session. By blending yoga with polarity therapy and massage, the rejuvenating benefits of all modalities are deepened, and a strong foundation for self-care and home practice is established.
A typical yoga session blends active postures, assisted stretching, and/or restorative yoga, depending on the client’s needs and intentions. Through yoga, less-optimal patterns of holding and movement become more clear, allowing the emergence of new choices for strength, flexibility and ease in daily life.
Personalized Group Yoga
Does your classroom, workplace, or home need an infusion of energy, peace, and harmony? I facilitate one-time and ongoing group yoga experiences for special occasions, schools, community organizations, businesses, home school groups, and families.
No special equipment or big open spaces are necessary for simple movement and breathing exercises—we can even incorporate the furniture in your classroom or office as props so that you can experience a felt sense of how your environment can be a place for ongoing self care. Some benefits include: Reducing stress and having fun, great bonding through partner and group poses when appropriate, learning an easy flow of poses you can practice for regular self care and group health.
Youth Yoga Classes
It is an honor and joy to offer skills for coping with stress, building strength and flexibility, and self-acceptance to youth. I have a gift of creating a safe space for young people of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, body sizes and life experiences to feel welcomed and affirmed. Since 2007 I have offered teen yoga classes at various sites in Chatham County, including Woods Charter High School and Auldern Academy. In 2015 I began sharing yoga with the young women at the Chatham Youth Development Center, part of the NC Juvenile Justice System.
In my early 20s, reoccurring back pain led me to my first yoga class in 1995. Not only did this yoga practice alleviate my physical discomfort, I came away with new tools for self-discovery and healing on many levels. In 2003, after exploring various teachers and styles of yoga, I dedicated myself to the year-long Body, Mind & Spirit Yoga Teacher Training with Lisa Clark and David Beadle and began teaching regularly in 2007.
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