It is a great honor to be called upon to teach yoga and meditation at this particular time in history. The modern world is fast paced and change causes immense stress on the body and mind and can be corrosive to the spirit. My years of studying, practicing and teaching have taught me there is a quiet center in everyone. From this still point, it is possible to connect with peace and joy. This is the promise of yoga and I try to always teach from this place.
I am passionate about helping others to experience the deeper meaning of yoga. There is a certain feeling that is very hard to put into words after a deep yoga session and but once it is experienced, you know it to be true. It does not require you to be able to touch your toes or stand on your head. It is available to everybody. I love helping people to find this experience.
Yoga with Donna is the highlight of my week! Her use of beneficial breath and gently flowing poses organically blends meditation and motion. Her classes encourage deeply uplifting and inspiring personal exploration. She is sensitive to our individual needs as well as our unique gifts. Props are happily a welcome part of the practice, promoting comfort, support, and judgment-free self-compassion. Lovingly selected music playing quietly in the background adds to the serenity. In Donna's presence, we become a blessed community, grateful for the opportunity to "go in and in".
I take "Slow Flow Yoga" with Donna. Her class is informed by Donna's ability to teach with presence, wisdom and a breadth of knowledge about body-mind. Her class moves energy, both relaxes and energizes body/mind and each individual is held in her warm embrace.
We start by talking about your intentions and what you hope to receive from yoga and mediataion. No experience is required for the tye of class I lead. Just an open mind and an ability to go with the flow.
I have had the good fortune to study yoga and meditation with many profound masters over the last 20 years. I have studied many styles and synthesize these to meet the needs of my students. I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master.
I was a student who never intended to teach. But one day, my teacher didn't show up for class and every one in the room asked me if I would fill in. I felt shy and nervous but I did it! From there I went on and completed a teacher trainings and a studio owner in the class asked me if I would teach in his studio. So it was a very organic appraoch to teaching. One that arose from a need for a teacher- rather than me efforting it. I take this same approach when I teach. It's not about efforting and struggling. Rather- its about going with the flow.
Many of my students have injuries that keep them from taking a mixed level or even a gentle class. I have worked with vertigo, knee injuries, hip injuries, shoulder injuries and carpal tunnel. To be clear, I am not offering PT or Yoga therapy for injuries. In class, we just accept the body where ever it is. We dont try to change anything. But by focusing on the breath and by opening up energy pathways, we energize what is tired and lathargic. We calm down the nervous system and we still the active mind.