MY Yoga Teaching Schedule
How to Register for Classes
I teach public classes at Yoga Heights (Georgia Avenue & Takoma locations), Bikram Yoga + Wellness (Riverdale Park), and UP (Silver Spring). You can register for my classes in person at any of the studios, online, or by using the MindBody app (Android / iOS). The studio location and address are noted in each class listing. If you’re taking at class at Yoga Heights or Bikram Yoga + Wellness, please note the studio location so you can plan travel to/from and don’t find yourself at the wrong studio. Trust me…it happens.
I occasionally substitute teach other classes, so be sure to check back here for the latest schedule updates. Finally, be sure to check out my Events page for public workshops and other programs.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is the opposite of more active Yang practices of yoga. It is a is slow-paced, targeted practice. The goal of Yin Yoga is to access joints, connective tissues, and bones, rather than muscles. It promotes mobility and suppleness of the joints, fascia, and connective tissue. The practice of Yin involves moving into various poses and holding them for a short period — usually 3-5 minutes per pose. Instead of using active muscle strength to move through or hold in a pose, as you would in a Yang practice (Vinyasa Flow, Rocket, etc.), in Yin you are asked to move to the point of resistance in a pose and then hold. The depth in each posture will gradually become deeper with time — whether that’s during class or over days, weeks, or months. Yin offers a balance to a regular Yang practice or physical activities. Yin and Restorative Yoga are similar in that they are slow-paced practices, almost entirely performed seated on the mat. Yin Yoga classes typically feature a verbally-guided teaching style without the use of hands-on assists during postures. Teachers in Yin Yoga will usually offer modifications, options, and suggest the use of props to help students move toward the targeted joints and connective tissue of each posture. Yin Yoga is a practice suitable for all levels -- from first-time yogis to experienced practitioners. No yoga experience is needed and all levels are welcome. There is no prescribed attire for Yin Yoga, but you will want to wear comfortable clothing that won’t restrict or bind your movement. We will be moving into postures that will stretch, and turn your tissues, ligaments, and joints, so you’ll want to wear clothing that allows for the free movement and bending of knees, hips, elbows, shoulders, etc.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a gentle practice that promotes rest and relaxation. The practice allows us to counter our overused stress response and triggers and resets the body's recovery system. You will relax in poses, with the aid of props (blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps), comfortably and eliminate chronic and/or habitual muscle tension, strain, and even pain. The aim is to settle into a place where you can achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Restorative yoga classes are slow paced. You will be set up in each pose for an extended period -- as long as 10-20 minutes. This amount of time allows for the triggering of the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a relaxation response and stimulates rest and repair throughout your body. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for slowing your heart rate and breath and increasing blood flow and counters the tension and stress experienced when we are in flight or fight mode.No yoga is needed and all levels are welcome. There is no prescribed attire for Restorative Yoga, but you will want to wear comfortable clothing that will promote comfort and ease while you're in relaxing postures.
What is Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a centuries-old meditation practice, often referred to as yogic sleep. Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that systematically guides and relaxes you at every level of your being, including physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers (called the Koshas). Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning, healing music, and nature imagery, Divine Sleep invites you to become aware of each layer of being without needing to change or fix anything. This is a true meditation where there is nothing to do but "notice" -- supporting you in feeling empowered and whole just as you are. Additionally, experiencing this practice will feel like 3 - 4 hours of deep rest to your body.
Typically you will experience this practice lying down on a mat, covered with a blanket and eye mask (if desired) and supported with bolters. It can also be experienced sitting up, if lying down is too uncomfortable. Divine Sleep requires of you only to lie down and listen. No yoga or meditation experience is needed, and all levels are welcome. No special apparel is needed or required, but I would suggest wearing something comfortable.