Local Classes in Western Massachusetts
Greenfield Weekly Class
At Community Yoga, 16 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.
Saturday Morning: 10-11:30 Hatha Yoga Lab
Northampton Weekly Class
At Noho Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.
Tuesday Evening: 6:15-7:30pm Hatha Yoga Lab
What Does That Class Title Mean Anyway?
Hatha Yoga Lab: In this all-levels class, we explore asana, pranayama and philosophical themes as they relate to real life experiences. We'll use the yoga mat as a "laboratory" to explore not only physicality, functional movement, and proprioception, but also the mind and heart.
Expect plenty of invitations to deep inner listening, smart out-of-the-box approaches to postures, and a lovely community of supportive fellow practitioners.
What To Expect In A Class With Me
I've studied a wide range of movement modalities, so my classes combine physical explorations that go beyond the typical world of yoga. This refreshing approach is focused on creating as much ease and functionality in our bodies as possible, rather than rigidly pushing ourselves into the outer shape of a posture.
It's yoga for everybody, and yoga for every body.
You can expect a healthy dose of:
Geeking out on anatomy, alignment, and functional movement.
Contemplations that linger after class, bringing the practice into your real life.
Camaraderie, fun, support, and community.
The occasional eruption of laughter: humor is good medicine!
An Important Note
I am a firm believer in personal choice, consent, and empowerment, as well as healthy challenges. We're always playing that edge in yoga practice, but it is ultimately and ALWAYS your choice about what you do with your body.
I frequently offer alternatives and possibilities for different bodies, and you can always vary or opt out of any aspect of practice that doesn't feel right to you. My scope of practice is limited as a yoga teacher; I am not a PT or doc! I regularly refer my students to other professionals when there are concerns that I cannot address.
This is one of many reasons I use Yoga Consent Cards in all of my classes where I offer the possibility of physical touch. The cards provide a simple and easy way for you to communicate about whether or not you'd like to receive hands-on assists.
Bottom line: you know your body best. Yoga can provide a way to help you get to know it better.
See you on the mat!