Offering Yoga and Pilates reformer sessions in English here in beautiful Provence
Yoga means union. In my yoga classes, I hope to help my students unify mind, body & spirit.
To observe the activity in the mind and create more space in between our thoughts requires effort. It is like any other muscle that needs strengthening. You can learn to notice your thoughts and practice calming the mind rather than letting your thoughts control you. Yoga is a wonderful way to help slow swirling thoughts and invite peace. By focusing our attention inward we can tune in and zen out.
By linking breath to movement, we are already creating a union we don’t experience in our normal day to day lives. This adds more connection between mind and body, which in turn calms the entire nervous system. I encourage my students to really tune in and honor the way in which their bodies want to move. It is so important to respect the boundaries our bodies set for us and allow for a gentle, gradual release.
Namaste, a word commonly used to close a yoga practice, means my soul recognizes your soul. It means I honor the love, light, beauty, truth and kindness within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things there is no distance and no difference between us. We are the same. We are one. By creating space in our bodies and minds, we create more space for spirit.
Pilates engages the mind and body together. In my Pilates Reformer classes, I hope to help my students feel long, strong and balanced.
More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. Before long, I notice my students standing taller with better posture.
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and the feet, with a focus on integration of the core. All movement radiates outward from the center. Developing a strong, stable and flexible center is one of the defining features of this form of exercise. No muscle group is over trained or undertrained and your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned.
Pilates is fundamentally about integration: integrating movement into a flowing whole body experience, integrating the mind and body to create clarity and purpose, integrating mind, body and spirit to create a life of balance.