Emotional Wellness Yoga to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Asana (physical movements), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Mantra (affirmations), Mudra (hand positions), Meditation (visualization), and Yogic Philosophy are seamlessly woven into personalized sessions. Guiding clients to promote inner and outer healing, restore balance, and increase vitality fosters an optimal state of physical and emotional well-being, both on and off the yoga mat.

Decreasing depression

Emotional Wellness Yoga offers a multifaceted approach to reducing symptoms of depression. 

Physical Benefits, Mental Shifts - The practice incorporates yoga postures (asanas) that promote relaxation and release tension, mirroring the physical benefits of exercise known to elevate mood-boosting chemicals in the brain.

Breathwork for Tranquility - Breathing exercises (pranayama) are used to calm the nervous system and regulate emotions. Techniques like alternate nostril breathing can specifically target stress and anxiety, often linked to depression.

Mindfulness for Awareness - Mindfulness techniques cultivate awareness of thoughts and emotions without judgment. This self-awareness can help individuals struggling with depression observe their thoughts and detach from negative thought patterns.

Focus on the Present - The practice emphasizes staying present in the moment through mindful movement and meditation. This can be a powerful tool for those with depression who tend to dwell on negative past experiences or worry excessively about the future.

Building Self-Compassion - Emotional Wellness Yoga fosters self-compassion, a crucial aspect in managing depression. By being kind to oneself, individuals can develop resilience and a more positive outlook.

Alleviating anxiety

Emotional Wellness Yoga offers a powerful set of tools to simply stress and alleviate anxiety by addressing it on a physical, mental, and emotional level. 

Physical Release - Yoga postures (asanas) are specifically chosen to promote relaxation and release tension held in the body. This physical release can directly reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as a racing heart or tight muscles.

Breath Control for Calm - Breathing exercises (pranayama) are a cornerstone of Emotional Wellness Yoga. Techniques like alternate nostril breathing and slow, deep breaths activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the body's relaxation response, counteracting the "fight-or-flight" response triggered by anxiety.

Mindfulness for Awareness - Mindfulness practices cultivate awareness of thoughts and feelings without judgment. This allows individuals to observe anxious thoughts and detach from them, preventing them from spiraling into panic or worry.

Present Moment Focus - The practice emphasizes staying present in the moment through mindful movement and meditation. This focus can be highly beneficial for those with anxiety who tend to ruminate about the past or catastrophize about the future.

Building Resilience - Emotional Wellness Yoga fosters self-compassion and acceptance. By learning to be kind to oneself, individuals develop resilience and a sense of control over their emotions, making them less susceptible to anxiety triggers.

Embodiment & Trauma-Relief

Emotional Wellness Yoga can be a powerful tool for promoting embodiment and relief from trauma experiences. 

Reconnecting with the Body - Trauma can lead to dissociation, a feeling of disconnection from the body. Emotional Wellness Yoga emphasizes gentle movement and body awareness, helping individuals reconnect with their physical sensations in a safe and supportive environment.

Breathwork for Nervous System Regulation - Trauma often disrupts the nervous system, leading to hypervigilance or difficulty calming down. Pranayama (breathing exercises) used in Emotional Wellness Yoga activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and emotional regulation.

Building Safe Space - The practice fosters a safe and non-judgmental space where individuals can explore their physical and emotional sensations without fear of triggering trauma memories. This allows for the gradual reintegration of traumatic experiences with the present moment.

Mind-Body Integration - Emotional Wellness Yoga integrates movement, breathwork, and mindfulness, creating a mind-body connection. This helps individuals become more aware of how their emotions manifest physically, allowing them to manage them in a healthier way.

Building Self-Compassion - By focusing on gentle movement and self-acceptance, Emotional Wellness Yoga promotes self-compassion. This is crucial for trauma recovery, as it allows individuals to approach their experiences with kindness and understanding rather than self-blame.

Personalized meditation offers a more effective and supportive approach to meditation compared to generic practices. It tailors the experience to your specific needs, helps you develop a personalized practice, and fosters a deeper connection with your emotional landscape. 

Tailored to Your Needs - Unlike generic meditations, a personalized approach considers your specific emotional state, goals, and any challenges you face. I create meditations that directly address your needs, whether it's managing stress, anxiety, or improving self-awareness.

Targeted Techniques - I guide you through specific meditation techniques that are most effective for your desired outcomes. For example, if you're feeling overwhelmed, I might introduce a visualization meditation to promote a sense of calm.

Expert Guidance - Learning meditation can be challenging. I provide guidance on proper posture, breathing techniques, and keeping your focus during meditation. This ensures you get the most out of your practice.

Emotional Exploration - I am trained to understand the connection between emotions and the body. During personalized meditation, I guide you to explore your emotions in a safe and supportive environment, fostering self-discovery and emotional regulation.

Building a Practice - I help you to develop a personalized meditation routine that fits your lifestyle. This consistency is crucial for reaping the long-term benefits of meditation, such as increased focus, reduced stress, and improved emotional well-being.

Beyond the Session - I also offer additional support beyond the meditation session. I often provide resources, answer questions, and help you troubleshoot any difficulties you encounter with your practice.

Restorative Yoga

Helps us to relax and rest deeply and completely. Restorative yoga relieves the effects of chronic stress, stimulates and soothes the organs, reverses the effects of gravity, and permeates the body with energy. Restorative postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary strain. 

Yin Yoga

A style of yoga where gentle passive postures are held for sustained periods of time. Positive 'stress' is put on the deep layers of the connective tissue. Yin yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints. This style of yoga allows for deeper meditative experiences as well. Yin yoga is a complimentary practice to the dynamic and invigorating styles of yoga. 

Vinyasa FLOW Yoga

A flowing and dynamic form of yoga. The poses link together as if they were a dance on the mat. Each pose moves rhythmically on an inhale or exhale breath. This style of yoga connects postures and creates heat in the body in order to release tension. Vinyasa yoga allows for a lot of variety, but always includes postures which build strength, followed by postures for stretching.

Prenatal Yoga

Offers expectant mothers a place to explore the changes in their bodies and minds. Gentle stretching and strengthening often relieves many common pregnancy discomforts, while also preparing the mother for labor and birth. Prenatal yoga classes adapt traditional postures to the needs of a changing pregnant body. Prenatal yoga is safe for the mother and baby.

Additional yoga offerings

Personalized meditation

Emotional Wellness Yoga encourages clients to listen to their bodies and address emotional needs. I help clients focus on particular dynamics (inner sensations and feelings, what muscles they are using, what it feels like to have their feet on the ground, what it feels like to breathe fully, etc.). No prior experience is needed, and all are welcome to experience the practice of yoga.