Yoga is a very versatile form of exercise, encompassing stretching, muscle building, core development, and aerobic exercise. The neat thing about yoga is that it is actually more than just an exercise system.
Many people go through life as though they have two separate identities: their body and their mind. For some people, it is as though their mind is who they really are, and their body is just the vessel that carries them around. If this sounds like you, you're not alone.
Yoga has been around for several thousand years - we don't know exactly, but some estimates place it at 7,000 years old. Anyway, for all these thousands of years, yoga has been helping people reconnect their mind and their body. In fact, the word yoga means union in Sanskrit. For those who like triplets, some yoga teachers explain that yoga helps us unite our mind, body, and spirit. This is what differentiates yoga from other mainstream forms of stretching and exercise. Yoga integrates mindfulness into all aspects of your body work, so you develop your brain and the rest of your body at the same time. How cools is that?
I teach a gentle style of hatha yoga that is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. Most of my students have never taken a yoga class before. All of my classes are adaptive, taking into account each person's unique abilities and limitations. For those who are looking for something a little more challenging, never fear. Most asanas (poses) have a range of options to accommodate varying degrees of difficulty. After working with me for a few months, even my elderly students are able to flow through classic vinyasa series such as the Sun Salutation.