Each Sunday I offer a Hatha Level 2 class (with a Freedom Yoga twist) at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio in Arlington, Virginia. This is a breath-focused, slow- to moderately-paced class. We begin and end with an accessible meditation and centering. In the middle, the focus is on healthy alignment foundations within the context of a breath-centric practice. Even within the context of a group class, I’m big on offering tools, tips, and encouragement in support of your own self-practice. It’s such fun to do this together! We pause frequently to explore options within patterns and shapes. And we savor the aftertaste of the poses and sequences. I include a brief “freeform chapter” for at least a few minutes near the end of class before a closing posture and savasana. That’s when you're set free to practice briefly without instruction, attending to guidance from your inner teacher — who is infinitely more competent than I could ever be at knowing what is appropriate for you. Learn more here. Register for the current term here.
Sun & Moon Yoga Studio
Every Weds in February 2019, 645p
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