YOGA & MEDITATION
I am finding this conversation so enlightening on many levels. Challenging, heartbreaking, embarrassing, humbling, liberating, exciting … practicing the ability to hold many feelings at once. Treat yourself to this free offering to experience these voices that will crack your heart open and challenge you to grow.
All you need is two yoga straps and a comfortable place to lay.
This pose was taught to me by the amazing Lauron Ray at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham, WA (catch a class with him sometime!). I love this posture especially after I’ve been sitting (studying, driving, flying). Be gentle, slow, and methodical with your movements and listen to your body. Always breathe.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription that is individualized for you. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
It’s official! On December 9, 2018, I graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University! The journey to and through PT School would not have been possible had it not been for my yoga practice and all of the valuable skills that yoga afforded me for navigating the way.
I am so deeply grateful to all of my beloved teachers and all of my students (who also serve as teachers!), for the times of ease and the times of challenge which all helped shape me throughout this educational journey. I am so ready to bring my depth of knowledge and skill into my practice as a Physical Therapist!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be working at a wonderful outpatient PT clinic, Bellingham Physical Therapy, beginning mid-January. If you or anyone you know is in need of a PT, please pass my information along to them. It is an honor to be able to serve in this way.
I am also eager to begin teaching yoga in Sedro Woolley again, likely in February once I get a bit more settled into my new career. Stay tuned for the new yoga schedule either by checking back to this site or by signing up for the YogAscent e-mail list.
Wishing you all a peaceful and lovely closure to 2018.
… and I transition from my life in West Virginia back toward the West Coast, I have been enjoying with a bittersweet heart looking through photos from my very favorite yoga moments with Happy Goat Yoga in Wheeling, WV. From the opportunity to conduct my yoga research in the studio to the gift of a weekend at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Snowshoe, WV, to the ability to teach my Love Your Back Workshops, to the healing & restorative Tuesday night classes by the river, words just cannot convey the gratitude I feel for this healing community of beautiful people on the yoga path.
I hope you enjoy this photo tour of one incredible season of yoga, and if you ever find your way to the northern panhandle, meander into HGY for an unforgettable yoga practice in a community of warm hearts.
Above: “fish face pose.”
I love you all so, sooo much. Namaste.
Over the past seven weeks, I have deeply enjoyed the great privilege of guiding a small dedicated group of yoginis through a series of progressive yoga classes with the intention of learning how to “love your back so it will love you back” (truly though, we delved in to learning how to connect with and embody the whole Self, from the intellectual to the physical to the emotional to the subtle to the spiritual).
The amazing thing to me about my role in guiding this practice is how much I learned. Through my preparing for these two-hour workshops and through offering adjustments, modifications, and suggestions to the many beautiful and diverse bodies, I grew so much as a body nerd, as a teacher, and as a person. Each of you showed up with an area for growth, and I was so grateful that you shared your journey withe me because you inspired new ideas, intriguing questions, and fascinating aspects to explore! For me, the very best way to learn is to teach, and I count each of you as valuable teachers along my own journey. I cannot thank you enough.
If you feel like I do, you gained quite a bit of unexpected wisdom from these past seven weeks. Here is a summary of the take-home messages I came away with from working with you all:
Back Care Yoga Classes at Happy Goat Yoga!
Slightly less in depth from a scientific standpoint but just as heart centered, classes will continue at Happy Goat Yoga! These do not require pre-registration, you can just drop in, and punch cards are also valid for these classes! Shorter than our workshops, we will weave philosophy and the science of yoga quite literally into the physical practice, the postures, the pranayama. I hope you will tell your friends, and join me on Wednesdays! See below for the class description!
Interested in yoga but concerned about a class appropriate for your body? These classes offer a mindful introduction to movement that is safe and healthy for your aching back. Build strength, flexibility, balance, and peace as we weave philosophy, current research on pain, and the science of mindfulness into the physical practice. See you at Happy Goat!