Each day is a new opportunity to create a greater sense of self-awareness, acceptance, bliss and truth.Through daily practice there is an opening to learn about ourselves; to look deeper into the reality that has been created through our beliefs and perceptions. With daily practice we establish an opportunity of viewing the benefits of making conscious choices moment-to-moment. For many years I have included a daily meditation practice in my life. The benefits have been immeasurable, the greatest benefit has been the periods of experiencing conscious awareness, peace and euphoric bliss. A number of years ago I began to include a regular yoga (asana) practice. The combination of breath, movement and mindfulness has helped me grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Today, I am creating a life that incorporates the “eight petals of yoga”. These eight petals are:
- External ethical discipline (yama)
- Internal ethical discipline (niyama)
- Poses/postures (asana)
- Breath (pranayama)
- Sensory control & withdrawal (pratyahara)
- Concentration (dharna)
- Meditation (dhyana)
- Blissful absorption (samadhi)
YOGAI have been a student of yoga for over 10 years and more recently completed 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor training with a focus in the Anusara style of yoga. My love for yoga is created through the merging of mind (pranayama), body (asana) and spirit (atman) to create greater self-awareness and bliss in my life. I guide a class that includes chanting, pranayama and asana practices. My style of teaching is based in a strong vinyasa flow approach with modifications for beginners to seasoned practitioners.
MEDITATIONOver the past 30 plus years I have practiced daily meditation. I have studied various philosophical approaches to meditating, including Vedic, Buddhist and Zen practices. I spent 5 years living in a spiritual community at the Synchronicity Foundation in Virginia, USA. While there I studied under the guidance and direction of Master Charles, a disciple of Paramahansa Muktananda. More recently, I have been a student of Buddhist philosophy studying such teachers as Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amaro Bhikkhu and Ken McLeod. During my meditation classes you will experience a short mindfulness discussion, some movement before sitting and a formal seated practice for 20 – 30 minutes.
PRIVATE CONSULTATIONIf you would like to have a private session(s) in yoga and/or meditation, please contact me so we can set up some time to talk about your goals and desired outcomes. I can be available in person, over the phone or via on-line zoom meeting.