Studio classes at Yoga Blend:
Sunday 9:45 - 11 am Slow Flow
Tuesday 6 - 7:15 pm Mixed Level Flow
Thursday 6 - 7:15 pm Mixed Level Flow
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Since 2000, the body/mind/spirit practice of yoga has been an essential part of my work as a musician and writer.
In the asana (exercise) practice, as for meditation and breath work, we move the body to help train the mind to focus. More than simply a fitness practice, yoga is a healing art for the body and spirit, and it has given me the strength to move through many difficult times with conscious awareness, strength, and stamina.
The true asana practice aims to quiet mind chatter, alleviate emotional or mental suffering, and bring blood and breath to every part of the body. Many times, someone has said to me, "I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible," and it always reminds me that I couldn't play guitar before I played guitar. The practice of yoga itself is what increases flexibility, strength, and stability in the core of our bodies, minds, and hearts.
In 2009, I began teaching hatha / vinyasa / flow in studios and in private instruction. Through levity and appreciation for the life journeys that brought each of us this far, I aim to be a source of healing for every practitioner. With a welcoming, body-positive atmosphere, I encourage compassion for all the strengths and limitations that we each carry to the mat. My classes will challenge you and lighten your spirit through creative sequencing, alignment instruction, core work, and pranayama. You'll also get poetry, stories, great playlists, and a savasana lullaby.
I am endlessly grateful to all my teachers. In particular, my RYT-200 teachers and Rising Lotus Yoga owners, Claire Hartley and Daniel Stewart, and my RYT-500 teacher and Yoga Blend owner, Christy Marsden, and my Create & Flow partner and husband, Darby Orr, have all impacted my life in immeasurable ways. Thank you, too, to singer-songwriter/yogi Wendy Beckerman, who first introduced me to yoga, on an early November morning in 2000, at the Northeast Folk Alliance conference.
RYT-500, expected 2019