I like yoga that helps me when I'm not at my peak.
Yoga For When You're Not at Your Peak: Injury, Pregnancy, Aging
When I first came to yoga, I came because I had a running injury. I discovered Pilates and then yoga while recovering, and at first I was drawn to these movement practices strictly for the physical benefits: I stopped getting running injuries. I had a stronger core. I discovered the power of my glutes. My running got better and faster and easier.
But over time, yoga became transformative in subtler ways. Yoga stopped being just about the physical practice, and I started feeling it affect in my attitude, spirit, and heart.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, my yoga practice shifted as my body changed. Yoga became even more important to my sense of self when I was pregnant and in the postnatal period, rediscovering myself and my body in the new circumstance of being a mama. I learned to use yoga as a tool to restrengthen my hips and core, to find peace and calm in harried moments, and to be in communion with myself on busy days.
The longer I teach movement, the more I feel like my primary teaching message is something like "just get on your mat and squirm around!" That's good advice, though, and when you join me for a class, you'll find that I encourage my students to figure out what feels right for them. Listening to our bodies is especially important for healthy aging. Thinking about how yoga can help us with aging has become my focus. I want to be running, hiking, and playing until my last days on earth, and I believe I've found the answer to the question "so how do I do that?" Yoga.
Classes, Contact, Other Stuff
I teach two classes weekly that focus on aging and yoga: Yoga for Healthy Aging, Sunday evenings at 5:00 at The Bridge at Rivermill in Saxapahaw and Yoga for Healthy Aging Monday at 3:00 at Carrboro Yoga Company in Carrboro. I also offer a popular and challenging Pilates/core class on Monday at 4:30 at Carrboro Yoga Company.
In addition to offerings that focus on yoga as a tool for aging, I regularly teach a 6-week introduction to yoga series, restorative yoga workshops, core workshops, glutes workshops for injury prevention, workshops for postnatal mamas, and yoga for athletes intensives.
My weekly schedule can be found here. You can also stream my classes from YogaVibes. I am available for individual classes and sessions. Private classes and session rates vary depending on your location and your needs.
You can find my musings on yoga, aging, and life in three places: on Whole Mama Yoga, a blog I write with Lauren Sacks, which covers the intersection between yoga and all phases of motherhood—from preconception to parenting.
You can also find my thoughts on Lifelong Yoga, which I produce with Sage Rountree. Lifelong Yoga focuses on yoga for the long haul, and you'll find tips, sequences, and useful tidbits for starting or continuing a yoga practice as you age. Sage and I have a book forthcoming from North Atlantic Books in July 2017.
Finally, I also write a weekly yoga blog which is a little more personal. I tend toward the philosophical there, and I often write about the themes I'm exploring in my weekly yoga classes.
In all of these places, you can find resources, sequences, videos, tutorials, and discussions about how yoga can be helpful for you.
I enjoy working with athletes, and I have had the privilege of teaching yoga to varsity athletic teams at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including the varsity football team, men's varsity basketball team, and women's rowing team. I've also offered Yoga for Athletes workshops at Yogaville and assisted Sage Rountree with her Yoga for Athletes intensive at Kripalu.
When I'm not teaching yoga, I'm teaching writing and literature at Alamance Community College, where I have been a full time instructor for nearly 10 years.