you. New to yoga, a devoted student, or somewhere in between? Welcome!
I created this site to share with you what I've learned in 14 years as a Kripalu yoga teacher -- and yogi for longer
than that -- wherever you are in your journey to better health in body and mind through the regular practice of yoga.
Whatever your level of physical fitness, you can practice yoga and experience its benefits.
In fact, Kripalu Yoga encourages you to personalize your practice, even within
a group class, always adapting and adjusting postures to how you are on any given day. When you relax into your
yoga, respecting the wisdom of your own body, something quite complex and wonderful happens. You start to feel confident
and easy in your skin, perhaps for the first time. The notion that you have to 'do' all the postures or keep up with
the class, the idea of yoga-as-performance, just slips away. You are creating a practice
for you and you alone. When this happens, you begin to deliberately cultivate 'prana' or the life force
within you, expressing itself in a unique way.
Yogi master, B.K.S. Iyengar puts is best: "Yoga
must be experienced." In other words, despite the reams of information written about yoga, it can only be described up
to a point. Yet yogis (anyone with a regular yoga practice) do report many of the same benefits and the history of collective
experience is long!. Maybe our digestion improves or we start to sleep better. Maybe we notice our bodies becoming
more flexible, stronger, our clothes fit better. We may become noticeably more cheerful as the usual ups and downs of
life smooth out. We start to appreciate the good small things of life and let go of the stuff we can't change.
Our relationships get better. We make better choices in what we eat and how we spend our time. We are happier!
I wouldn't be mentioning these to you if I hadn't experienced them myself!
to make the most of your yoga? Get yourself a good mat, 1/4" thick, clothes you can move easily in. Look
for a teacher who has had at least a 200-hour training at a school certified by Yoga Alliance. Above all, keep an open mind, be willing to be a beginner,
as we all are at something, every single day of our lives.
- About me. Like a lot of people, I sampled yoga in the 1970s when
it first became better known in the West. For a variety of reasons, it didn't take hold then, but I got another chance
in my early 50s when a Kripalu teacher began to offer classes near my home. After about a month,
I started to notice little incremental changes, first in a lessening of mood-swings that I'd been living with through peri-menopause.
I began to respond to the challenges of my small business as a public relations consultant and writer more calmly and creatively.
I started walking more regularly and reduced my intake of alcohol. I didn't get my 'usual' summer cold. Wow!
Something was going on.
In 1998, after I had been practicing Kripalu yoga for about three years, I found
myself at a cross-roads in my 11-year-old business, and eager for a change. My teacher had brought a group of her students,
including me, up to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass,
for a weekend. Bingo! I knew what I was going to do. The next teacher training was coming up and I enrolled.
Yes, it really was that fast!
Upon graduation, I opened a small studio in Hoboken called 11th and Yoga and
began teaching weekly group classes, as well as prenatal yoga workshops. I launched a weekly class at Jersey City Medical
Center and it was soon packed with staffers in scrubs. From those beginnings, I branched out into
other hospitals, churches and synagogues and a senior center. In 2003, I moved to South Florida and have been teaching
in a variety of private and public fitness facilities since. Current venues/clients include Kula Yoga Shala (Jupiter),
Loggerhead Fitness (Juno Beach), Sandpoint Bay (Tequesta), and Ocean Trails (Jupiter, in season). I am certified also
in Chair Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Laughter Yoga. I have an MA in English from Montclair State University, and am
a published author and blogger. I am also grandmother of five potential yogis.
- About Kripalu Yoga. Called 'meditation in motion,' Kripalu Yoga helps you find your own
yoga. I will always encourage
you to practice at your own pace, respecting your strengths and limitations, making this a very easy way to take yoga into
your life. Practiced regularly,
Kripalu yoga is nothing less than a revolutionary tool for more conscious, healthy living. I specialize in short routines
you can practice on your own, upon waking, before bedtime, or whenever you have 10 or 15 minutes during the day. While
I love the classroom, my real goal is to make yoga indispensible for my students,
which is why my cards says Yoga For Life.
- Created by a mentor and colleague of mine, Lakshmi
Voelker, Chair Yoga translates many familiar
yoga postures to the seated position. This makes Chair Yoga ideal for anyone with compromised mobility, including people
who cannot easily use a mat on the floor, including those recovering from injury or illness. Chair Yoga is excellent
when you're traveling or for short breaks at your desk. A complete practice in and of itself.
sample my group Kripalu classes at Loggerhead Fitness in Juno Beach, at Kula Yoga Shala, Jupiter, or make an appointment for a private class in your home. Here's my phone number: 561-625-8753
Monday, January 9, 2012
Yoga Under Fire
6:50 am est
I just read this morning the New York Times Magazine piece How Yoga
Can Wreck Your Body (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?_r=1) and all the comments. If the comments had still been open, this is how I would have responded:
First, it is amazing to me that a respected medium like the New York Times Magazine would illustrate
its article with photographs showing people performing unsafe, irresponsible postures and calling them yoga. Second,
although there is no doubt that people can injure themselves practicing yoga, there is not more risk incurred than in many
sports, or frankly, in driving a car or crossing the street to visit your doctor. Sure sensationalism sells, but a much
more balanced comparison would have been to show the relatively small number of emergency room visits resulting from a yoga
'accident' in relation to those incurred running marathons, biking, or indeed, in the hospital environment.
Life is risk. The benefits of investing in a mind-body discipline like yoga (or Tai Chi or pilates) vastly outweigh
the chance of injury. Any yoga instructor worth his/her calling (and certification) will remind students to practice safely,
within the students' ability, degree of fitness and flexibility. Yoga is not for everybody or every body.
To my students, I say this: if you are ever in a class where you are being pushed to perform postures that feel wrong to you,
simply get up, roll up your mat and walk out. That simple act of self-respect is the best yoga (union of mind, body
and spirit) lesson you'll ever get.
Occasionally, I'll focus on a particular posture here or steer you to
some information that will nourish your practice of yoga. Whenever possible, I'll include links so you can explore resources
more deeply. I think of my yoga teaching as a two-way conversation between me and my students, so feel free to email
me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or comments. As Rodgers and Hammerstein put is so well, "As a teacher
I've been learning..."
a few links to get you started:
Please get in touch with any questions or comments
on my site. email@example.com