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What is Self-Care Yoga?

As a kid I loathed Sunday evenings.

I can still remember the sinking feeling that set in around 4pm on Sundays, after the meal was put away and the whole house got sleepy. The feeling would ease a little at 7pm, when Bob Saget would grace our living room with another episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos. But as soon as the credits started rolling at the end of the show, the dread would set in again, and I’d drag myself upstairs, ready for bedtime to put me out of my Sunday night misery. 

The Sunday night blues continued into adulthood, and became my motivation for starting Self-Care Yoga on Sunday nights. I wanted to provide a yoga class to help people move out of weekend mode and into the work week with a greater sense of restoration, strength, balance, community, and connectedness.

 

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I host a check-in time before each class for anyone who wants to connect and engage more . Some people just come and listen and keep their video off. Others appreciate a time to ask questions or share experiences from their lives and their practice. I provide a conversation prompt, but often we just use the time to say hello and catch up from the week.

At 7PM, class officially starts. I talk for a couple minutes to recap what we’ve been working on and provide some yogic context for our class’s focus. This might include some yoga philosophy, anatomy exploration, or contemporary psychology connections. Think of it like a mini-lecture that you can listen to while you’re getting situated for class or sipping some tea. 🙂

Then we practice!

Physically, self-care yoga balances strength and flexibility, effort and rest. Each class includes centering and easing in, Sun Salutations and standing postures, balancing poses, a time for winding down, and a final relaxation. The pace is medium, and we usually spend a few breaths in each pose, giving the body a chance to register the sensations.  

Mindfulness techniques are woven throughout each class. These may be as simple as bringing the attention to the breath, or as complex as noticing repeat thought patterns throughout practice.

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IT’S YOUR PRACTICE. My job as a teacher is to help you discover this – whatever your best practice is. 

We welcome all body shapes and sizes, and people of all ages and experiences. I am well-trained in pose options and variations, and I love demonstrating the ways poses might work for different bodies. I encourage the use of props and household objects (blankets, scarves, pillows, coffee tables, chairs, yoga blocks) to access the poses. I also give tons of ideas for how to practice accessibly  without props.

I strive to iterate the purpose of the poses instead of what they “should” look like. I think this is perhaps the hardest part of a physical yoga practice – letting go of our ideas and expectations about what our bodies should look like and be able to do, and embracing the experience of the pose and the creativity that is often required to make the poses and movements our own.

Finally, I provide 1:1 email support to my students. I encourage you to reach out and ask questions, get ideas for pose variations, or simply connect with me and share about your practice.

 

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