There are three pillars that can define my teaching : functionality, mindfulness and sustainability. My classes include progressive strengthening exercises and mindful movement, as well as restorative postures at the end of the class. I found my influences in the Yoga Detour and Mindful Strength methods ; they taught me to offer a type of yoga that applies science principles to movement practices, in a playful and accesibble way.
In my opinion, the goal of our yoga practice on the mat is to serve us in our everyday life movements (=functional movements), so we can maintain our physical abilities for as long as possible. I often encourage students to explore movements on their own and remind them to leave behind the idea of moving “right” or moving “pretty”. I believe there are no wrong ways to move ; there are only movements that are preferable to achieve certain goals.
Progression is a key element in my teaching. Instead of focusing on shapes, I like to destructure movement in different components, and work on them separately. That’s how we can understand how to activate and isolate certain areas of our body. As a result, not only we increase our body awarness, but we also tend to compensate less, by restoring a balance between muscles we overuse and muscles we underuse.
Throughout the practice, I like to emphasis the importance of the breath and the observation of the sensations in the body ; it helps to deepen the harmony between body and mind while encouraging us to be more mindful.