Yoga Strong Series 1
Where Yoga meets Strength, Resistance & Endurance Training!
I created “Yoga Strong” almost 5 years ago when I wanted to combine two of my favorite movement modalities; yoga & strength/ resistance training!
I wanted to combine the benefits of mindful movement & building strength & endurance!
This is a fun and challenging full body practice where Yoga meets Strength! In this class we combine yoga poses, strength/resistance training, cardio intervals, stretching & functional movement using light weights to add resistance.
Building & maintaining strength & flexibility is great when it comes to feeling good & building body confidence! I guarantee you that practicing these classes on a regular basis will leave you feeling strong, energized, & alive!
Inside you will find 5 different full body Yoga Strong classes designed to help you feel strong, mobile & energized that you can download & keep forever!
These particular classes are from my online studio so if you are already an online studio member you have access to them. Stay tuned for more "class bundles" as not all will be from my online studio.
All levels of practice are welcome! All you need to bring is an open mind & a positive attitude. Modifications & options are always offered.
Now lets get YOGA STRONG!
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 add 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!