For me, excellent yoga instruction = dedication + preparation. I apply it consistently — particularly to my prenatal classes, which hold much space in my heart. These women deserve a safe & sacred practice. As excellent instructors, we can’t get … Continue reading
- Asana & pranayama for each trimester
- Contraindicated yoga
- High-risk & other conditions
- Modifications & sequencing
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Sounding, visualizations, meditation, mudra
- Subtle Body
- The womb’s cycle & practices
- Birth choices & empowerment
- Anatomy & physiology of pregnancy, childbirth & labor
- Creating a supportive space for prenatal students
- Practice teaching, feedback, practicum
- Observe & assist in prenatal class
I’ve got several new published blogs up on Women’s Health Network 🙂
Check out: Yoga for Headaches
Check out this article I wrote for Women’s Health Network!
(blog post from the week of 12/21/2017)
As I sit down to write this, snow covers the ground, the thermometer reads 26 degrees & Portland Harbor is lit up like a Christmas tree with a boat parade! Sailboats, lobster boats, tugs & more are all strung with twinkling holiday lights. A very festive & colorful tug is sending fireworks off it’s stern, illuminating the night. It’s incredible!
We encounter the Winter Solstice today!
These shortest days of the year can make it hard to stay motivated or to want to leave the house. But, that’s okay. Nature is literally telling us to slow down, hibernate, observe, rest, replenish.Go with it. Winterize.
While the Earth takes it’s turn toward the Sun again, we’ll be stepping deeper into Winter. Meaning, we still get the chance to practice that delicate dance of going inward. We get to reflect more yin like qualities in our routines, while ever so slowly welcoming the return of the Sun. These brightly lit boats remind me of that. Light will eventually balance the darkness.
This opportunity to slow down is a gift. Consider our culture, society, schedules with all their draining demands… it’s all go, all the time. Guess what happens when you’re on “go mode” 24/7 & don’t stop to reflect, rest & reset? Like one of those fireworks… you burn out & crash head first into the ground.
Be content with decelerating.
Be grateful for it.
Be quiet, listen, reflect, meditate, add a little restorative or yin yoga to your routine. You might be intrigued at what you uncover when you actually allow yourself to turn inward. In doing so, this subtle act of receptivity supports your ability to envision fresh goals, intentions, wishes for the year ahead.
Embrace the season. It’s rooting for you.
An Autumn Yoga Pose
Garudasana = Eagle Pose
This pose targets the Lungs (yin) & Large Intestines (yang). The meridians of these two Fall paired organs run through the inner & outer arms. In Garudasana we take a deep bind of the arms & legs, while maintaining a strong rooted balance of the standing foot. Opt to fold your torso forward & place a squeezing pressure on the Large Intestines themselves. The binding & compression creates a stoppage of energetic flow for a few moments but upon release, you flush your meridians & organs themselves with fresh energy & oxygenated blood, stimulating cleanse & rejuvenation. This pose requires great focus & stability. Qualities needed during those windy Autumn days.
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Breathing Room Saturday April 8th 2-6pm with Kelley Voegelin In this segment of the Breathing Room’s 200hr teacher training, we will cover important background information about the prenatal body, the process of childbirth & how … Continue reading
This is a chance to build confidence in your teaching & in your knowledge of the yoga industry. This is an opportunity to find your voice as a teacher & your unique path. Take that step forward to deepen, fine tune & hone your teaching skills. We will focus on your growth as a teacher working one-on-one to individually customize this experience to the mentee’s particular needs.
What’s holding you back?
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I have become very inspired by the practice of mudras. A mudra is a gesture or position of the body, eyes, or hands. It is a seal or a symbol that depicts a certain state of being or consciousness, or … Continue reading
Tonglen is a Buddhist meditation practicing the art of receiving & giving. Generally, one will receive or take on the suffering of another & in turn sends out wellness & relief to that being. The recipient being could be a … Continue reading