Upper Body Strength & Mobility Series 1
Helping you release tension & build strength in your upper body!
This an all levels 5 part series (40 - 60 minutes for each class) focusing on upper body strength & mobility. This series is designed to help you release "tension" & "tightness," & build strength in your shoulders, thoracic spine, neck & upper back.
"Mobility is the ability to move a limb through its full range of motion with control. This is not to be confused with flexibility which is simply the length of the muscle."
Mobility training can improve the range of motion of our joints & muscles. Mobility training has the potential to alleviate pain sensations as well as improve our body awareness through space.
Building & maintaining strength & healthy range of motion enables us to feel good & capable in our everyday lives. This class series is for everyone & everyBODY! All you need to bring is a positive attitude & an open mind! I guarantee that you will finish this series feeling strong, open rejuvenated & re-energized in your upper body.
If you are looking to increase mobility, improve range of motion, mitigate injury, & build strength in your upper body than this is the series for you!
Exercise vigorously began for me when I was 17 years old. I had lost a bunch of weight & was convinced that had to maintain this “ideal” image to be accepted. I used exercise as way to constantly punish myself. For over a decade I obsessively exercised (always to the point of injury) & created unhealthy habits around exercise & movement which escalated into an on & off eating disorder & severe addiction to exercise.
At a time of desperation, depression & severe anxiety, I began practicing Yoga. Yoga & I met at the perfect time. I started practicing Yoga in 2005 & have been teaching since 2009. In addition to Yoga, I discovered Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction & diverse science based movement (outside of Yoga). I have studied strength training, developmental movement, functional movement, resistance stretching, controlled articulation, accessible yoga/movement, mobility work, the principals of joyful & intuitive movement & much more that I continue incorporate into my teachings.
Currently I am an Ambassador for the Global Body Image Movement & sponsored by Superfithero, a body inclusive Fitness Company, & have been Advocating for healthy body image since 2010.
They’re are so many incredible benefits to moving our body for joy! Here are some of my favourite reasons why I move & why I love teaching movement:
Increased strength, mobility & flexibility. Reduction of stress, anxiety & nervous system regulation. Helping people feel capable & confident by improving the quality of their lives. Helping to improve proprioception (awareness in space) & interoception (going inward & feeling your body from the inside out). Help mitigate injury & decrease pain sensations.
As a Yoga Teacher/Joyful Movement Educator my goal is to educate you on how to take a more enjoyable approach to movement & to help & support you in being able to continue doing the movement activities that make you happy pain-free & with as little injury and discomfort as possible. Here’s how I try to do this:
I help yoga & movement adapt to the individuals’ body & needs.
I create ways that we can build on simple movements while adding variability & novel movements in an effort to mitigate injury and decrease pain (as best as we can).
I help my students explore ways to progressively build strength & mobility; working toward specific movement goals that promote confidence and celebration.
I help my students by creating more of a interoceptive experience focusing on how Movement makes one feel on the inside creating an embodied sense of self.
I educate on ways we can use movement to build bodily appreciation & acceptance for the bodies we are in NOW!
Students and Educators inspire me everyday and I cannot wait to move with you!