Therapeutic movement is....
...life. It is creative, fulfilling, exhilarating and joyful. Each of our bodies have different strengths and limitations. How we work with those and honour them is important to keep us going, quite literally.
Hatha yoga is an art of balance. "Ha" meaning sun, light or yang energy, and "tha" meaning moon, darkness or yin energy. Hatha yoga unites the two in harmony. It is a creative and gentle flow, allowing for all kinds of bodies and ages. Modifications are easily made.
Restorative yoga is a gentle but deeply powerful form of yoga that brings us back to center, to find our inner stillness. We do this in part by bringing a physical stillness to our bodies. We allow our bodies to come into a position, and remain for a few minutes at a time. Profound changes in our psyche, physical form, and spiritual body can and do happen.
Ashtanga yoga focuses us on posture, core power, and a specific breath called Ujjayi. There are specific asana we practice throughout the flow of the practice.
At home yoga practice provides a special experience that one cannot achieve in a class setting. Listening to your intuition and following your heart through your self directed practice is a powerful self esteem builder. If you are looking for a helpful place to start or motivation to keep you going, please contact me for an appointment.
Creative Movement Therapies
Hula hooping may have started as a fad, but it is a fantastic way to build core strength, balance and coordination, cardiovascular endurance, and provide some cool party tricks! What ever leads you to try hooping, you will stay for the incredible journey it takes you on.
Rehabilitation exercise need not be boring, painful or complicated. We will develop your stretching and strengthening program to your specific needs targeting the root of the problem to get you back to your optimal self.
Creative dance needs no set of rules. Allowing your body to move with the music playing out loud, or the music within can free you from the strict code of unwritten rules society dictates.
Walking, I believe, is deeply embedded in our DNA. We may not all be able to walk, or travel without assistance, but the benefits of moving a pace slow enough that we can stop to smell the flowers, or fast enough to get our hearts pumping
Meditation and the Breath
Meditation is classically done in a still position, seated or lying down. While this may seem to be void of movement, take a moment to observe what is in fact moving. Our diaphragm is always bringing new life in, and allowing what no longer serves us to exit.
Diaphragmatic breathing is natural, but not always easy to do when you first start developing awareness. Our diaphragm attaches to the inner side of the bottom of our rib cage. It resembles an umbrella.