Types of yoga and meditation offered at Rooted Willow:
Loving-Kindness Meditation: Engage your compassion and let it naturally expand. Be guided in the practice of loving-kindness toward yourself and others. Let your heart be warmed and your mind be opened while cultivating more compassion in the world.
Mindfulness Meditation: Focus on cultivating mindfulness by becoming more aware of your individual senses and experiences.
Stillness Meditation: Take a break from thinking, striving, and doing and explore your way into the heart of stillness. This deeply restful, guided exploration will offer you the opportunity to reconnect with your true self.
Mantra Meditation: The repetition of significant words can welcome the potential to heal by replacing displeasing feelings with clarity.
Gentle Hatha Yoga: This class focuses on stretching and breathing, there will be no feats of strength or super flexibility needed! However, we will do some standing poses, forward bends, and low-impact to moderate backbends, in addition to seated stretches in this class. These classes are intended to be calming and to reduce stress. If you have been intimidated by the more athletic yoga styles and/or your main goal is to unwind, this class is for you!
Calming Yin Yoga: Yin is a very grounding, passive, meditative type of yoga practice. It involves poses that primarily target the lower extremities. Variations of seated and supine positions are held for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes. These long holds access deep layers of fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and separates them from other organs. Often overlooked, this connective tissue accounts for almost 50% of the body’s resistance to flexibility, while muscles account for about 40%.
In yin, the student is asked to stay with the experience of the self for extended periods of time. This practice of allowing healing processes to begin or continue can have a profound impact on a person’s well-being.
Slow Flow Gentle Yoga: Gifting yourself with a time of intentional stillness, while slowly stretching the body, helps to encourage a calm and peaceful mindset. We will set a daily intention, mindfully flow through gentle yoga sequences, and foster a feeling of inner peace and stillness to carry with us through our day.
Restorative Yoga: A passive style of yoga that involves long, passive, and gentle holds (each pose is held between 15-20 minutes). Students are supported by props to help achieve a state of total relaxation and release. Restorative yoga is wonderful to help counter the stress of daily life and the world. Restorative yoga helps balance the mind and body and relieves tension and anxiety.
YOGA THERAPY SESSIONS
What is Yoga Therapy?
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”
-TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikacha
What can you expect in a Yoga Therapy Session?
Before your first session, you will fill out a questionnaire with a brief overview of your health history, past yoga experience, goals, challenges, and lifestyle. Each private yoga therapy session will begin with a “check-in” in which you observe the body and mind in the present moment (this may be in the form of a body scan meditation). Your specific needs that day determine the flow of the session. Yoga therapy sessions look very different from one client to another. I tailor the session to each client; honoring and supporting each individual’s own journey.
Depending on your specific goals and needs, yoga therapy sessions can include any of these tools:
Yoga: Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Adaptive/Chair yoga selections
Meditation & mindfulness techniques
Functional strength training
Stretch and range of motion exercises
Somatic movement (slow, meditative movement that trains the body to move in a more functional way)
Journaling or self-reflection exercises
Mantra or affirmation
Assistance in creating a home yoga practice
Awareness of holistic nutrition
While I am in training, I would love to provide yoga therapy at a reduced rate! Please contact me for more details!