Yoga Foundations (1-2)


This class is taught by:

Patricia S.

I was born and raised in Hyde Park, a community where mind dominates body. My husband and I have raised three children here. I have been a freelance writer over the past 30 years and a yoga student for the past fifteen. I completed yoga teacher training at the Temple of Kriya in June, 2010. I discovered yoga, as so many do, after suffering an injury. It was the subtle parts of the practice that captivated me—“inhale, lift the sternum; exhale, soften the back.” The grosser parts—“inhale, lift the legs; exhale, place the feet on the floor over the head”—tended to repel me, and that has increased over the years because I’m aging at a faster pace than I am mastering yoga poses. The happiest yoga for me is slow and subtle, so that’s the yoga I teach. Slowing down the practice gives the body time to teach the mind. Usually we listen to our bodies only when they’re complaining, but when we do a little yoga, our bodies show us equipment we didn’t even know we had. Whether we are old, young, brittle, or callow we have treasures inside that, if we can activate them, will make us feel freer. Yoga activates our insides to give us a little breathing room. The teachers who have illuminated this principle for me are UnSoo Kim, Sue Rexford, Cynthia Latimer, and Mary Samano. Believing, as I do, that yoga is for everyone, I teach yoga from the bottom up, one pose at a time, often one piece of a pose at a time. In class we set up the foundation for a pose first, then we align the joints and stack the bones, and finally, we move into the pose. We hold the pose until our form or breath becomes compromised. Depending on the student, the poses can be held for one breath or ten or more breaths. This means we don't move quickly from one pose to another. While we hold the pose we explore what's going on inside the body, for instance, how the placement of the feet can release tension in the lower back or how the grounding of the shoulders frees the neck. The complexity of the body and the poses are a continuing source of information for all students. My goal for students is to enjoy the class while they're there; to be able to use what they have (body, mind, and breath); to ground and decompress through movement, breath, and rest. If a student should become more flexible, or stronger, after a few classes, that's icing on the cake.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Nov 30 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Dec 07 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Dec 14 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Dec 21 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Dec 28 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Jan 04 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Jan 11 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Jan 18 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Jan 25 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Feb 01 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Feb 08 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Feb 15 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Feb 22 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Mar 01 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Mar 08 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.
  • Thu Mar 15 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm with Patricia S.


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