CLASSES: What to Expect
A Forrest Yoga class follows specific guidelines of sequencing, breath and themes. The first 15-20 minutes of class focuses on breath, opening tight spots, abdominal work, and strength-building poses. Then students build internal heat by learning to ride their breath through sun salutations and long held standing poses. Apex poses may include: arm balances, inversions, back bends, and deep hip openers (modifications are always given and there are always options to down- or
up-level). A warm-down sequence is followed by 5 minutes of deep relaxation in Savasana, a restorative, reclining pose.
Each of my classes explores a theme or intent through carefully sequenced poses. For example, a “Heart Opening” class would include backbends (or mini-backbends) in order to expand the space between the ribs, open up the chest, and make space around the heart. A class focused on unlocking deeply held emotion, on the other hand, would include poses that open the hips, a repository for emotional backlog. I sequence classes deliberately so that students gradually build the strength and confidence required to move into more challenging poses. I also offer students hands-on adjustments throughout the yoga class. I communicate with students to gain permission from them before physical contact, and assist them in a respectful and healing manner.
YOGA for Kids
Having practiced yoga through the entire cycle of my pregnancy — from conception to postnatal recovery — I have a personal understanding of the benefits of yoga for reproductive health. In addition to prenatal and postnatal yoga, I teach Mommy and Me, Toddler, Child, and Teen Yoga.