Ultimately, the practice of yoga is about deep & full transformation. It's about getting to know and living from the aspect of ourselves that never changes and that remains unconditionally well and free.
Tending well to your humanity is an important part of this transformation.
4 Essential Ways My Online Services Tend to Your Humanity:
These offerings are made to serve the ALL of you. We need to be nourished at every level of our beings to heal and to thrive. MORE >
A simpler approach to yogic movement allows for people who are experiencing normal human things like...
...injury, illness, pain, aging, disability, or having a bigger body...
...to be fully included and to experience being nurtured by a practice that considers, values, and honors them. MORE >
My online services skillfully integrate many methods that will help you intentionally cultivate mental/emotional wellbeing and resilience and give you a wide variety of integrative skills for tending to mental/emotional overwhelm. MORE >
This community values the wellbeing & inclusion of marginalized people, holds a deep intention to be a welcome place for diversity, and directly supports other communities serving marginalized people. MORE >
TENDING TO & CARING FOR THE ALL OF YOU
One of the most brilliant things the yogis did was map out 6 aspects of the human being and then proclaim, "We should probably do something about all of that."
The 5 Koshas
The Sanskrit word "Kosha" can be translated as "veil." The 5 Koshas outline the aspects of our human beings that are changeable and that eventually experience death.
And, while these aspects are transient, "changeable" does not equate to "insignificant," "to be belittled," or "to be ignored."
Mapping the 5 Koshas:
Annamaya Kosha = Physical Body
Includes our anatomy & physiology
Manomaya Kosha = Mental/Emotional Body
Includes our thoughts & feelings & their sub/un-conscious patterns
Pranamaya Kosha = Energetic/Subtle Body
Includes our energetic anatomy and vital energy
Vijnanamaya Kosha = Wisdom Body
Includes conscious & wise use of our mental/emotional processes
Anandamaya Kosha = Bliss/Joy Body
Includes our experience of joy, connection, & wellbeing
Giving attention to and fostering wellbeing within each of the 5 Koshas assures us that we aren't neglecting important aspects of ourselves and that our practice is integrated and comprehensive.
What About That 6th Aspect?
The 6th aspect includes all that is changeless and all that remains infinitely and unshakably well, whole, and free. It's the spirit. It's the soul. It's the nature of our beings.
These online services will provide you a steadfast resource for:
bringing grace to those aspects of you (and all) that change & suffer & enjoy
connecting to and abiding within the aspect of you (and all) that's ever steady & ever at peace
ACCESIBILITY IN PRACTICE
The practice of yoga does NOT need to be physically complex in order for you to receive EVERY benefit these practices have to offer.
In this online space, great care and attention are given to a “less things at a time” approach.
Often what makes even the classic postures and movements we call “basic” feel not so basic is that they require our bodies to mobilize and engage in a whole lot of different ways all at once.
It’s not necessary to do it all at once.
In this space, we break it down.
In this space, simple is grand. Less is more.
Does that mean that everything is going to be super slow and gentle?
Simple can be slow, gentle, and restful. And, simple can be strong, steady, and energetic.
A simple approach to movement allows you to:
Connect deeply with your breath
Increase awareness of your body & movement patterns
Safely increase strength & mobility
Tend to current injuries
Adapt your practice to suit you
Permission + Education
Just because your spine can move a bunch of different ways all at once doesn't mean it needs to. Sometimes it's better if it doesn't.
An important pair.
My online services come with big permission to adapt your practice to best suit you.
Even with boat loads of permission, in order to adapt your practice skillfully, you have to know how.
My online offerings will offer you that "know how."
YOGA, MENTAL WELLNESS, & YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
YOUR BRAIN IS A BIG DEAL
It really is....
Any grounded spiritual path, practice, or system must acknowledge the importance of mental/emotional wellness and directly support it in order to be true and whole.
My online services offer you yoga informed by:
trauma-informed practices and principles
integrated wellness practices
the challenges of our current world
Bottom-Up & Top-Down
Bottom who? Top what?
When we approach our mental/emotional wellness from the bottom-up, we use sensory stimuli (like movement and breath practices) to shift our physiology in ways that allow us to:
consistently release pent up stress from our bodies
access a visceral sense calm and safety
experience regulation or relative balance in our nervous systems
When we approach our mental/emotional wellness from the top-down, we use the conscious processes of our minds (like meditation, visualization, and affirmation practices) to shift our perceptions in ways that allow us to:
Interrupt mental processes that contribute to emotional overwhelm
Nourish mental processes that support emotional regulation and wellbeing
reframe and re-relate to our experiences in ways that help us heal
Types of Practice
Gentle Yoga practices are movement-based and offer a beautiful balance of being both gently energizing and restful at the same time. When you feel like, “It would be good for me to move my body, but I also mostly want to lie down.” these are the practices for you.
Therapeutic Flow practices are movement-based and offer you the opportunity to build a little bit of heat and strength in your body in a way that is functional and allows you to remain in tune with your intention, body, and breath.
Restorative Yoga practices are based in rest and offer you guided support to experience relaxation and to allow your system to recover and revitalize. These practices are the glorious kind you can do in your bed. Get cozy.
Chair Yoga practices are movement-based and offer an especially stable form of practice that can deeply benefit people who need (or want) one-level (meaning you’re not having to get up and down from the floor) kind of instruction or for anyone who wants to integrate practice into seated environments (like work).
MEDITATION & PRANAYAMA
Meditation & Pranayama practices are generally practiced seated or lying down and offer us the opportunity to cultivate our breath in ways that support steady calm and vitality, to practice sitting with our experiences, and to utilize our mental processes to foster connection to wellbeing and to spirit.
Meditative Movement practices offer you the opportunity to explore extra-gentle movement with a meditative feel. These practices are focused on cultivating awareness and presence within movement and upon integrating short periods of stillness. Meditative movement practices are perfect for when you’d like to experience some stillness, but you’d also like to gently ease yourself into it.
Variation Education videos are based more in education (Surprise!) and offer options for varying (Surprise again!) your practice to best suit your needs. These videos include themes like, “Variations for Your Knees,” “Working With Spinal Disk Issues,” and “Variations of Downward Dog.” These videos will help you understand how you adjust your practice to be the most helpful (and also the least harmful) to you.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
Though many of these practices have been scientifically proven to...
reduce symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety and depression
be highly supportive to all aspects of our wellness
...it's important that we not neglect professional mental health or any other kind of health support when we need it.
If you need help finding resources in your area, please contact me and I will gladly offer you help.
For me, getting counseling when I've needed it has been one of the yoga-est things I've ever done (and do).
SUPPORTING MARGINALIZED & UNDERSERVED PEOPLE
All humans are inherently valuable. The true practice of yoga helps us to realize & act within this truth.
Yoga should humbly inspire us to live in a way that makes the world a more peacefully inhabitable for all beings.
In its honest practice, it calls us to heal that which invokes fear, untruth, separation, assumption, greed, & violence; & to cultivate courage, honesty, tenderness, open-heartedness, connection, awareness, curiosity, & care.
It asks that we be radically honest about what's inside of us, about what's around us, about how we contribute to harm, and about how we contribute to collective wellbeing.
It asks that we do our sincere best to contribute to collective wellbeing & to share the resources we have with one another.
8 Ways the HPY Community Supports People of Color, LQBTQIA+ Humans, and Other Marginalized Groups:
The Human Positive Yoga Community (HPYC) actively celebrates the beauty & value of diverse people.
The HPYC acknowledges the resilience, goodness, & wholeness of marginalized people & the systems & cultural dynamics that cause them suffering.
The HPYC acknowledges the realities of inequity & injustice that exist in the world & within yoga.
The HPYC prioritizes being an inclusive & supportive space for marginalized people.
HPY offers accessible monthly membership fees.
HPY uses gender neutral language.
HPY is trauma-informed & permissive.
The 8th Way
HPY offers financial support through monthly donations to:
Satya Yoga Cooperative’s vision is "to be a healing force by and for POC [people of color], using yoga as a tool for both personal liberation and social transformation."
Yoga Forward is a non-profit organization committed to serving underserved populations and to offering specialized yoga training for people within the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise go without adequate representation.
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless provides comprehensive, integrated, and equitable health and supportive services to diverse people experiencing homelessness.