Yoga should meet you where you are today...it is not about some preconceived ideal. I work with my students on an individualized (or group) basis through yoga poses, breathing and meditative practices with emphasis on mindfulness and proper alignment for safety. I am trained to work with students of all ages and with injury and mobility challenges, guiding them through their vinyasa, slow flow, gentle, restorative and chair yoga practices.
I have multiple certifications and my resume is available upon request.
I love sharing yoga because of how much it has enriched my own life physically, mentally and spiritually. I enjoy knowing that the work I do helps others to be healthy and strong while at the same time experiencing clarity, calm and ease. I especially love working with students who previously thought they couldn’t practice yoga because of perceived limitations...EVERYONE can practice yoga!
I loved Sami's knowledge and patience to work with me at my level of comfort. It was fun and I learned a lot at the same time!
I’m a busy mom who never takes time out for myself but I know I should. I opted to try private yoga lessons both for health, pain and back issues as well as stress relief. Sami’s manner and warm calming demeanor immediately put me at ease. Her instructions were very clear/helpful. Most importantly, I felt SAFE with her and I trust Sami completely. The best part is that I left the session (somehow) feeling both relaxed yet energized for the rest of my day. Anither great result is that I slept peacefully that night too. I definitely plan to continue practicing with Sami .and will definitely tell my friends. She’s a great find and our lesson felt like a gift to myself.
She knows yoga. She is very good at figuring out what you need to learn in order to do the asanas correctly. She is encouraging but not to the point where you are doing anything that may be hurtful. She gives great assists whether its relaxing yoga yiu want or gentle, chair, and level 1. She may do more advanced but I’m not there yet. I highly recommend her to all my friends.
Typically I ask new students to tell me about any previous experience with yoga and also about any injuries or health issues or considerations. I also ask them what brings them to me now and is their anything in particular that they are seeking or hoping to work on. Often I will do some research on a students injury, etc. to help me better guide them. The first class is somewhat of a survey class, offering a student a sampling while affording me an opportunity to see how their body and energy flow.
I received a 200-hour RYT certification in 2015. Since then, I have received separate certifications in Kids Yoga and Teen Yoga as well as an advanced 100-hour certification in Accessible Gentle and Chair Yoga. I have experience teaching private, semi-private and groups of all sizes in varied settings including studio, home and outdoors locally and on retreat in remote locations. Resume and references available upon request.
I have a sliding scale.
I participated in a teacher training initially because I wanted to have the opportunity to deepen my own practice and to study with the yoga teachers who have and do inspire me. I did not intend to teach afterwards but, during the training, I realized that the benefits of yoga were too great to keep only for myself and felt I had an obligation to do my best to share it with others.
I have worked with students of all ages and mobility. I work with super bendy students and students who are not. I work with students who walk without assistance and those who are otherwise able. Mostover, I work with students who want to move their bodies, quiet their minds and to feel good. (All that said, I do not teach hot yoga, yoga shred or high intensity power yoga.)
Recently, I workshopped an experienced yogi safely through to headstand. She has easily had the physical strength to invert for years but fear held her back. By breaking the pose down into less intimidating steps and offering her props and demostration, she was able to overcome fear. Fear can be one of life's biggest obstacles but working through the fear and coming out on the other side (in this case, the other side being upside down!) is wonderful to be a part of and witness.
Ask questions about a teacher's experience and interest and feel free to ask for and check their references. Let the teacher know your yoga experience, injuries, physical conditions and/or other challenges and let them know what you would like to work on (if anything) and your concerns. Then, try a session and see how you feel...feedback is very helpful to teachers, we are teachers, not mindreaders:)
(Please also see answer to previous question.) Oftentimes, we go into yoga (or anything) with a set of goals and/or expectations and come out with something very different. I would absolutely suggest thinking through your questions as far as what you need and want out of yoga and asking them but would also suggest keeping an open mind as far as what the teacher, based on her/his experience may have to offer.