Yoga can be about making cool and challenging shapes. It can also be about knowing whether your practice in the moment is to challenge yourself to do more than you think you can or perhaps to let yourself do less than you think you ought.
In other words, you'll come to experience yourself. To actually feel rather than think. And yeah, you'll do some cool things with your body that you may not have ever done before.
I've studied under teachers who were strongly influenced by precision of alignment, including Marco Rojas and Jenny Aurthur. Thanks to their teachings, I came to understand the space and grace created when we let the body release, an approach mirrored in the fundamentals of meditation taught by Alan Finger.
My understanding of yoga expanded when I began to practice in Phoenix under teachers who believe the true practice of yoga isn't how well we execute the pose. It's how well we can let ourselves ease into the pose and surrender to the relative ease and the stillness found there.
I share what I have known at studios, gyms, substance abuse centers, cancer support groups, Desert Botanical Garden, DeSoto Public Market, backyards, and online ever since.
Some things students mention after class...
"You are the gentlest badass."
"With your class, I feel my soul STREEEEETCH."
"How did you do that?!"
"That was meditative. My head was out by...Pluto."
"When else do you teach?!"
"I like your style."
"Too soon to ask for a second date?"
[uttered by a student after her initial class]
[a goofy grin accompanied by a thumbs up before she flopped back onto her bed after an online class]