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Veronica

What led you to yoga?

The first time I heard the word “yoga” I was about 7 years old. My dear Uncle Henry used to practice yoga and meditate. No one would disturb him. One day I accidentally saw him practicing his poses and I became very curious. The image of him doing yoga stayed with me through the years. It was many years later that I walked into a yoga class; there I discovered probably the same thing my uncle enjoyed so much. I knew it was my destiny to practice and teach yoga. It quickly became part of my life.

What is your favorite pose?

I have so many favorite yoga poses it’s hard to choose one. I certainly do enjoy the pigeon pose for it gives us the chance to get in touch with feelings and situations that we haven’t resolved yet. It is a great hip opener, this is the area where we tend to store a lot of our emotions. I find it an intense emotional exercise.

What can students expect from your classes?

I like my students to feel something different and new in each class. Since yoga is considered a journey, I like to make it a unique experience. I also like to bring a little spiritual focus and remind them that love and compassion start right there in our yoga matt.

Classes led by Veronica

All Level Vinyasa   –   Stretch and Restore   –   Aerial Yoga

Alison

What led you to yoga?

I originally came to yoga for the physical practice as a way to workout and has developed into something deeper.

What is your favorite pose?

Handstand and Dancer.

What can students expect from your class?

I like to mix it up in class which hopefully challenges my students to try new things. The flow can vary from week to week and so does my playlist. I like my class to help my students relieve stress and challenge their body and minds. Yoga is a time to release and let go. It’s ok to smile during your practice and have fun as well as be mindful about yourself.

Classes led by Alison

All Level Vinyasa   –   Aerial Yoga

Carol

What led you to yoga?

I came to yoga on the suggestion of a friend during a very difficult time in my life. I went to my first class on a Saturday morning, and it was packed, but I stayed near the front of the room so I couldn’t see what was going on behind me, which would have intimidated me even more. After my first class, the teacher told me I was “glowing.” Even though that was about 30 years ago, I remember her words because that’s how I felt inside.

What is your favorite pose?

My favorite pose is the one I’m in at the moment, because they all possess so much to offer me. Sometimes I like poses that comfort me, sometimes that challenges me.

What can students expect from your class?

I encourage students to practice their own yoga, and to explore the practice with a sense of curiosity and enjoyment. Yoga practice offers numerous benefits, including overall fitness, relief for chronic injuries and conditions, cultivation of a sense of inner equanimity that can help ease stress, anxiety, and depression. In time, these benefits, which may seem small initially, accumulate in significant ways that surprise you!

Classes led by Carol

Harmonizing Vinyasa   –   All Level Vinyasa

 

Cathy

What led you to yoga?

I began my practice over 40 years ago by taking a class at the local Y, which then led me to read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Learning about yoga in all its various incarnations was like coming home for me. I’m sure this is not the first incarnation in which I’ve studied yoga. I don’t remember a time when yoga wasn’t in my life. It is the thread in the tapestry of my being and the core of my spiritual self.

What is your favorite pose?

I have so many favorites, but if I had to pick one, it would be half-moon, ardha chandrasana.

What can students expect from your class?

My students can expect that I will give them my best teaching self when I am with them, but most importantly, that I will structure each class to who is in the class at that unique moment in time. I try to teach with great encouragement and a message to each student not to self-judge and adopt that philosophy as part of his/her yoga life.

Classes led by Cathy

Aerial Yoga   –   Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

Christine

What led you to yoga?

My first experience of yoga was in a fitness center. I was fascinated by how intense the practice of yoga could be, but without the frenzy of activity involved in the typical aerobic classes offered in most fitness centers. I found it to be simultaneously challenging and soothing. Instead of leaving the gym feeling exhausted, on the days that I did yoga I felt energized instead. I am pleased to have found my yoga path, as it enables me to strengthen my body and my mind at the same time.

What is your favorite pose?

My favorite pose is Ardha Chandrasana. There is something about extending my limbs in the pose that is liberating, but keeping my body all in one plane and balanced on one leg is challenging enough to keep me centered as I find my fullest expression of the pose.

What can students expect from your class?

In my class, students can expect an emphasis on mindful breathing with poses that can accommodate any level of yoga practice.

I encourage my students to find the expression of each pose that is safest and most challenging to their bodies at the same time. I enjoy finding ways to bring basic principles of yoga philosophy into my classes in order to round out the student’s experience.

Classes led by Christine

Level One Vinyasa   –   Aerial Yoga

 

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Cathy

What led you to yoga?

I first experienced yoga with my best friend in a hot yoga class, since it was the only yoga available back then. We went out of curiosity and fell in love with what we experienced. Both the emotional and physical challenge of the poses was amazing leaving me more energized than exhausted. Yoga has been a part of my journey since then strengthening body and mind.

What is your favorite pose?

I tend to like the poses that are most accessible, but have grown to enjoy many of the poses that are more challenging to me.  Currently I love to practice Prasarita Podottanasana and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (king pigeon pose) daily because they help me open up both physically and emotionally.

What can students expect in your class?

What I love most about yoga is that everyone can take from a class what they need. In class I like to create opportunities for my students to explore the poses and choose the level of challenge they need as they move, have fun and de-stress.

 

 

Melanie

What led you to yoga?

In the summer of 1998, I had just finished law school and was studying for the bar exam. It was one of the most stressful times in my life.

I thought yoga would help alleviate my anxiety, so I bought a few yoga DVDs. The breathing and simple stretches helped me fin calm and focus that summer (and I passed my bar exams!)

What is your favorite pose?

I love arm balances, because they require strength, softness, fearlessness, confidence. Practicing arm balances is a practice in compassion, failure, and persistence – because I fall a lot!

My favorite arm balance right now is titibasana (firefly pose). I feel strong and free when I am in this pose.

What can students expect from your class?

To me, yoga is about more than poses. When I’m on the mat, it’s an opportunity for self-discover, an opportunity for self-discovery, an opportunity to find my center, recharge my batteries, and open up to grace.In my classes, whether it’s a restorative candlelight practice or an energizing vinyassa class, I try to create these opportunities for my students.

Classes led by Melanie

Stretch and Restore

Rachel

What led you to yoga?

My bestest friend in the whole wide universe led me to my yoga path. She knew I was stressed and a scatter brain of a person, so she thought yoga would help me. And trust me, the first class I participated in I loved!! At the end of the class, I was entirely calm, clear- minded, and focused! Not to mention what an excellent, gentle, and non-impact workout! Yoga became an instant addiction for in my life & has lasted 15 years up to the present moment!

What is your favorite yoga pose?

Wow!! That’s a tough one! Might be an easier question to ask me what my least favorite pose is!! I know all of my fellow practicing yogis know which that is!! lol But really if I had to choose I would pick Nataranjasana. I love balancing postures! Helps me to focus and intimately tune into my body, heart, and mind! finding centeredness!! Dancer pose is such a peaceful, graceful heart opening pose! Love it!!

What can my students and parents of my students expect from their yoga practice?

I decided to take my teacher training to share the love and benefits of yoga with children!

I love kids, probably because I act like one and never want to grow up!! Lol But I realized for little ones how important it is for them to get to know their bodies early on and how to focus! Kids now a days are so inundated to stress and anxiety. I truly believe in my heart that yoga can help! In teaching yoga to young people, I hope to help them build self-confidence, self control, and to build mental and physical focus! Also, building  strength, balance, and flexibility.

Please have your child come and enjoy a class while having so much fun!!

Hope to see you there!

Classes led by Rachel

Yoga For Kids   –   Aerial Yoga For Kids

Robyn

What let you to yoga?

I started yoga as a fitness program particularly to help my back, but it wasn’t long before I found yoga to be the most fulfilling of any workout I had done by toning my body and calming my mind.

What is your favorite pose?

I love balance poses as they challenge me, because they require engagement of many muscles and concentration to maintain stability.

What can students expect from your class?

I like to take challenging classes so therefore I find it like to teach them as well.

Classes led by Robyn

All Level Vinyasa   –   Aerial Yoga

 

Rachel

What led me to yoga?

I found yoga in 2006 on suggestion of a friend. I was going through a very difficult time and she told me that I would fall in love with it. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t very flexible and I was “sports girl” and thought that yoga wouldn’t challenge me enough as well assisting me is dealing and coping with severe stress. Boy, was I mistaken. Yoga has worked for my physical body but has truly made a difference is how I deal with stress.  

I took my first class in October of 2006 and have not stopped. With yoga I have learned to calm the mind, Physically, my body has never felt better. When I come to my mat I feel like I’m home.

What is your favorite pose?

I love do many of them! Half-moon, Pigeon, chair, and plow are among my favorites!

 

What can students expect from my class?

I would hope that my students find my class calming, yet challenging.  I like to take the time to get into each pose and hold them while focusing on alignment. Moving slowly and deeply with the breath will hopefully help my students leave with a sense of peace, strength, self-confidence, and feeling more balanced and flexible. I want my students to have fun and know that yoga is a wonderful journey that they take every time they come to the mat .

Rachel

 

What led you to yoga?

I first took yoga as a college course. “Yoga high” took on a new level of bliss when I took my first Aerial yoga class.

 

What is your favorite yoga pose?

My favorite pose is inverted pigeon in the aerial fabric.   Most beginners will have access to a form of this aerial asana inversion in their first Aerial Yoga Class.

 

What can students expect from your class?

I enjoy guiding students to connect breath, mind and body to feel the energy within.  I always hope students leave feeling a sense of peace, as well as a sense of empowerment and confidence.

Rachel

 

What led you to yoga?

I started doing yoga for weightloss. I quickly discovered that yoga is not only a great workout, but so much more! It teaches balance and self-awareness that extends beyond the studio.

What is your favorite pose?

Every time I practice I think “this is my favorite pose” at least a dozen times! Very hard to choose. I love the challenge of balancing poses.

What can students expect from your classes?

I try to make each class a different experience than the last. I like to balance hard work with relaxation because I think both are equally important.