The first set of yoga classes are less than 2 weeks away. I’m getting super excited! I’ve had a ton of questions about these classes from clients. I wanted to share some more information to help you decide if you think that what we’ll be doing is for you. Please don’t let fear of the unknown keep you away. These are going to be wonderful interactive classes to assist you in self-care.
Has a doctor told you recently to try some yoga to help with the physical aches and pains of life? Have you been reading the latest studies on the benefits of yoga in your health and wellbeing and have felt that maybe it's something worth trying?
But have you hesitated because you thought that you're not flexible enough to do yoga from what you've seen in magazines, the movies, or YouTube videos? Or that you can't put your foot behind your head so you’re not qualified? Or have you thought that maybe yoga interferes with your religious beliefs? Or maybe you think that only young and skinny people do yoga? Or maybe that you don't want to ever be seen in public in yoga pants?
Everything in that last paragraph comes from a place of fear in us. It's where society has drawn a box around something, and we're too fearful to test the boundaries for ourselves. Yoga can help with that - erasing the box!
Yoga is nothing more than mindful contemplation and movement. It's a tool to aid you in removing judgment of self and in others. It helps nurture the mind, body, and spirit. There is no age limit on that, nor is there a body type requirement! When I was about 5, I could put my foot behind my head. Multiply time by 10, and now I barely get it a foot in front of my face! So, no, you don’t have to be able to put your foot behind your head. Yoga is not a religion, but if you want to pair your intention with your religious beliefs, you're more than welcome to do that. You will not be required to say a prayer to a Buddhist god or do a pose with a Hindu god in mind or bow in respect to some religious concept. I actually have one client that says “Amen” at the end of her practice when I say “Namaste”. That’s perfectly acceptable and appropriate for both of us. And yoga pants? Well, you don’t have to wear them! Simply wear clothing that you can move in comfortably with no restrictions in your range of motion. And besides, when you bring your true intentions to class of self-healing, you’ll forget all about what clothes you have on in addition to what anyone else is wearing!
As a massage therapist for the past 13 years, I've been giving yoga homework to my clients on a regular basis. The benefits I bring to teaching yoga is the great understanding I have of the muscles and joints of the body through massage and how the chaos of life impacts us. I plan to incorporate both my massage experience and yoga training into my classes to make them more interactive in combatting the body aches and pains.
Our foundations yoga classes will guide you on the origins of yoga, the basics of breathing, meditation, and movements of yoga, and most importantly how yoga can help you. These classes will focus on my interpretation of what yoga means to me. And my hope is that when you finish the final class in the series, you'll have your own unique definition of what yoga is to you. My intention in teaching this series is for you to be able to lead your own practice at home, walk into a yoga class anywhere taught by anyone and leave staying true to your own definition of yoga, and/or be able to watch a video of yoga and follow it with your own yoga heart in mind.
Our regular yoga classes will be a continuation of the journey of exploring your definition of yoga. It is ever evolving, just like you as an individual. In September, we'll be doing a Yang series - classes that will focus on areas on the back side of the body. We'll explore the head and neck area, shoulder and mid back area, lower back area, and finally the hip and leg area of the body. Our back side is probably the most used, but the least cared for part of our body. We simply can't reach it in most cases. These classes will teach you self-care techniques using props, stretches, and postures to help you gain access to places you once thought you couldn't reach.
How to get started
I hope you will consider joining us in this yoga journey. If you want to hold your spot in one of our foundations classes, please send a check to MAMAW 127 Rawley Avenue MA NC 27030 for $60. For the yoga classes, if you plan to attend, please just let us know. You can pay the first night for the whole month of September ($60 - $15 per class) if you'd like or you can come to whichever class suits you for $20 per class.
Where is this journey all going
My plan is to run a regular foundations class series each month. I hope to offer a couple different day and time slots to meet client schedules. The yoga classes will expand and morph in shape based on client demand. Yoga comes in many shapes and sizes. I hope to offer a Yin series in October to focus on the front side of the body. In addition, I plan to offer classes for the parent and baby, parent and toddler, and prenatal yoga needs. There are a dozen types of classes I can offer based on client demand. Finally, there is always the option of private individual sessions. Some people just aren’t comfortable in a class setting. If that’s you, let me know ASAP! I will definitely be catering to everyone’s needs just like I did with massage. There is also the possibility of having different yoga instructors teach at MAMAW. Just like my belief that getting massage from different therapists is a must for a body, I also believe learning the unique definition another teacher holds has great value. Our perspectives are formed by our exposures. And I know I don’t hold any special position in my yoga practice that another instructor can't provide. Variety is key in guiding you to your best self!