What is Yoga?
Yoga is a holistic, healing discipline that offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, healing and personal transformation. Yoga's tools include postures, conscious breathing techniques, meditative practices, personal rituals, the use of vocal sounds, guided self-inquiry, and much more. These tools can be utilized in an infinite number of combinations to suit the unique needs of the individual throughout the ever-changing stages of his/her life.
Anyone Can Practice Yoga
Yes, it's true and here's why...
• Yoga practical and easy to learn
• It can be done almost anywhere
• It requires little or no equipment
• It is beneficial to the whole person – body, mind, and spirit
• Yoga is cost effective
"Style" of Yoga
Kathy's "style" of Yoga is based on the lineage and teachings of T. Krishnamacharya (teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and A.G. Mohan). His teachings were rooted in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and his methods followed the belief that yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each student. His refusal to standardize and trademark a teaching methodology to create a "style", is ultimately based on the deepest respect for the individual.
Kathy offers private Yoga Therapy and specialized small group classes in keeping with the focus on personalized Yoga for specific health and wellness needs.
First Yoga Therapy Session
All sessions are adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual. We take time in a one-on-one setting to understand each client's current needs and goals and then design a program just for them. • Student fills out an intake form detailing their health history "and current situation, complaints, goals, etc." • Yoga therapist talks with the individual regarding that history, as well as asking questions about their living situation, current lifestyle, diet, activities. • The Yoga therapist asks the student to do simple movements so that s/he can observe what is happening with the student on the physical level. During this process we will often talk with the student about aggravating and relieving factors involved in their problem. • The Yoga therapist will instruct each student individually so that s/he can develop a relationship with each of their students, and the personal element or relationship aspect of this approach is important. Once the teacher understands the individual's issue(s) and circumstances, she will develop a home Yoga program that emphasizes conscious breathing, gentle physical movements, and individualized purposeful sequencing of those movements in coordination with the breath and can incorporate other Yoga tools such as meditation, sounding, visualization, etc.
The initial consultation and class typically lasts 90 minutes, but follow up sessions are usually shorter, approximately 45-60 minutes in length.