I am a Level II teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with 500+ hour IKYTA yoga training and 22 years experience as a Movement Educator. I draw from over 30 years of Massage & Bodywork practice, and Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle wisdom.
What is . . .
Kundalini Yoga exists in a few forms in the world of yoga. I am a teacher and practitioner of a kriya-based form of Kundalini yoga. "Kriya" means yoga set and these are comprised of combinations of core yogic elements including specific pranayama-breathing exercises, mudra-hand-positions, mantra, meditation, and yoga nidra-deep relaxation. Countless numbers of kriyas exist within Kundalini Yoga and the sets are named according to the body system(s), and meridian channel(s), that they affect; e.g. “Stress set for Adrenals and Kidneys”, “Lungs and bloodstream”, “Kriya for the Lymphatic System”, “Self-adjustment of the Spine”. Because each person is unique, the function, purpose, and effect of each set varies depending on factors such as one's current state of health, level of awareness and engagement, and the duration, and frequency of practice. But, whether working with the same kriya everyday in daily practice, (sadhana), or choosing different kriyas at different times, they all contain unique, and effective exercises to help you get aligned, balanced, energized, and in sync with feeling your best. Kundalini Yoga simply works! And, it is for anyone but it may not be everyone, all the time. For some it may be a leap of faith to suspend resistence and give it a try. But, you won't ever truly know just by reading about it. It must be experienced! Respecting our body's strengths and limitations means we approach yoga not with a quick fix, or "no pain, no gain" frame of mind. The practice meets you wherever you're at and capacity evolves over time. With that said, positive results may be experienced by most everyone with even just a few minutes of practice regardless of capacity. The purpose of all yoga as it was traditionally intended, is to raise the Kundalini - awareness of our soul's energy and purpose. Kundalini Yoga offers a purely powerful direct route beyond the dualistic nature of the mind to quiet the mind's polarities and culitvate neutral mind. This allows us to direct our lives from the wisdom of our heart and soul rather than from fear, worry, anger, grief, and pain.
My classes in Kundalini Yoga, Qi Gong, & Movement Intelligence are designed for adults of all body types who want to expand vitality, strength, and
Study and practice with me in private lessons or in a supportive group class community, in person or virtually.
Wherever and however you are on your journey, these wonderful practices offer innumerable possibilities to help you
keep up, and recommit to your well being.
“Qi” refers to the “subtle breath” or “vital energy”, and “Gong” is described as a “skill cultivated through steady practice”. Qi Gong is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are numerous qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages. Some are focused on health, on spiritual development, martial arts, and so on and each has practical applications and different theories. But, as with all Eastern forms of focused, meditative, movement, the first posture is hands in prayer pose, bowing the head below the heart in a getsure to surrender the ego and signify the heart over head in all matters. Slow, fluid movements look easy but in reality, take much regular practice before most begin to sense the flow of energy in the body's energy pathways - called meridians in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Physically, qigong movements warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles; tonify vital organs and connective tissue; and promote circulation of body fluids (blood, synovial, lymph). Research has shown Qigong as very effective in helping to heal life challenges ranging from high blood pressure and chronic illness to emotional frustration, mental stress, and spiritual crisis.
What is . . .
a.k.a. Bones for Life™
Movement Intelligence™, a.k.a. Bones for Life™, as researched and developed by the late senior Feldenkrais Trainer Ruthy Alon, is an innovative bodily education program inspired by the work of somatic pioneer, Moshe Feldenkrais. It is appropriate for those who like the gentle attitude, but also for those who desire a faster, more dynamic approach to body/mind learning. Decades of research has given credence to the importance of optimally aligned weight-bearing and proportional flexibility that may be achieved through-out the skeletal system with regular practice of these lessons. The precise ‘exercises’ you will learn through a specific series of rhythmic and springy pulsations, encourage your bones to produce new bone tissue through their stimulation and nourishment. Whether male or female, if you have concerns about the aging process and becoming increasingly sedentary, this program is a way for you to explore growing better not just older.
Some of the general benefits one can derive from these
Three Movement-based Disciplines include:
Improve Immune Function
Reduce anxiety, depression and mood swings
Release patterns of pain and tension such as sciatica, back and neck pain, headaches, & more
Increase joint health, e.g. range of motion, balance, and general flexibility
Strengthen and expand the lung capacity to build stamina
Cultivate personal connection with spirit
Overcome unwanted habits and adopt more life-affirming ones
Improve sleep and overcome the late afternoon slump
Explore the energy body - transform low energy in just a few minutes
Learn to integrate daily rejuvenating self-care routines