Yoga W/ Ali

Yoga W/ Ali

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I am certified at the 500 our level in alignment based yoga.  Alignment based yoga helps to locate  imbalances within the body and help students to work to align their bodies to avoid further injury, ease, strength, and mobility.  I am also certified in restorative yoga, Yin yoga, kids yoga, and am currently pursuing my certification in yoga psychology and my level one yoga tuneup.

 I enjoy and relate to helping people who have experienced injury and pain whether it be because of other movement modalities or just not understanding their bodies. I enjoy and excel at helping students find their breath, connect with their breath, and in doing this connecting with their bodies in a way to promote healing and balance.  

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Matawan, NJ 07747
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  • Kathleen Corman

    Ali is an excellent instructor who exudes confidence and enthusiasm. She is very patient and radiates kindness and tranquility. Her classes a

  • Jessica Jenkins

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I always want to know why they are looking to take yoga.  What is it that they want to accomplish.  I like to discuss what thier typical day looks like, how each part of the day effects them physically and mentally.  And the we see if we can break things down so that we have smaller goals that can be achieved more frequently.  For example I have one client who suffered from pain in her knees.  It turned out that that she wasn't utilizing her glute muscles and going up the stairs primarily on the ball of her foot.  By learning how to walk up the stairs by pushing through her heel and activating different muscles, she had less pain in her knees and strengthened her upper legs and buttocks.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My family has a history of spinal deformities, arthritis, and other health issues.  Growing up seeing them suffer and knowing that could be me someday had an impact on me.  Then my back went out and I had to have surgery on my back. This really made it hit home.  I sought out an alignment based yoga training to create space and strength in my back.  It has helped me greatly.  I furthered my training with Yin Yoga and Yoga Tune Up which helps work with the fascia, joints, and connective tissue create ease as well as strength.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For private lessons with me, my pricing begins at $75 for one session.  For purchasing multiple sessions there is a savings.  As for group classes with me, it depends on the location/studio but generally a drop in for a class is around $17-$20.  

How did you get started teaching?

I decieded to take the teacher training after I felt the benefits of alignment based yoga on my back.  I realized while paying out of pocket for Physcial Therapy that so much of what they were having me do was like yoga.  I still have all of my physcial therapy exercises that were given to me after my surgery (2009) and have turned each move into a yoga pose.   Once you have a compromised joint, you will always have a compromised joint.  You must continue to move, strengthen, and mobilize that area to keep yourself feeling well.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a range of students.  Personal Trainers, Spartan and Tri-Athletes, Former Dancers with aweful knees, hips, and ankles.  I have students who are Post Hip, Knee and Back Rehabilitation, women after mascetomies, pre-natal students, and kid/teen athletes, SO many more!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently I taught a Yoga for Back Care Series.  We worked through some of the exercises I did while I was strengthing my back.  I taught them about the posterior chain and helped my students understand thier bodies and how to use them with more awareness.  

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure they are relatable beyond thier expertise.  Book knowledge is great, but experience is also just as important.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

It's important that you both can feel comfortable to discuss very personal things.  What is your learning style.  A good teacher can adapt thier teaching based on your needs and energy.