I love to combine a wide range of experiences; a dynamic physical workout with precise alignment instructions, focus on breath within the poses and in pranayama, spiritual reflection, trans-personal psychology (directed inward work) and time at the beginning and end of each class for quiet contemplation that leads to a meditative experience. My prime focus is on the breath, throughout the entire class, which provides a cleansing from the inside out. I strive to teach an equal part of challenge and nurture, a balance of feminine and masculine. As the breath, heart and body all work together, I hope to lead students to a deep feeling of connection and wholeness that helps to stay focused and quiet the mind.
My initial training came from a foundation in Iyengar Yoga, then Ashtanga, resulting in an alignment based vinyasa flow that’s a slightly slower vinyasa then usual, emphasizing on precise alignment as we flow with a rhythmic breath. I am also trained in Medical Chi Gong, using the 5 elemental theory to guide the practices according to the seasons, that I overlay in the Zen Yoga. This is the ultimate combination of a strong physical practice combined with a deep inner focus of moving our prana (chi) in the patterns of the energy highways. It’s a unique combination that is deeply healing.
Here’s what students are saying about Maggie
We learn to trust ourselves, while we approach challenging poses with a sense of humor, learning not to take ourselves too seriously. I stress that striving for perfection is not the goal of yoga, but rather to notice the beauty, the peace and the sense of play in every moment. We are all already perfect in every way. We try as hard as we can, and let go of the results of our efforts. Let’s have fun and feel good, knowing that yoga always works.
Here’s what students are saying about Michael
I started practicing yoga around 2009, while in nursing school, seeking a casual workout I could do at home. I used an old DVD and a book I found at a garage sale. I began to practice regularly in my living room, and then quickly sought out classes at an Ashtanga studio. I started to notice myself in my day to day, off the mat, feeling different. I was moving around with more strength and grace. I was standing taller, and realizing I had more control of my emotions and reactions to stress. What started as small whim ended up leading me to a life-long practice.
Now, as a teacher, I love creating a safe space for students to encounter the wholeness, power, and calmness yoga offers. A space where we can have fun, grow, and breathe. I also currently work as an emergency room nurse. My work experience inspires me to share the healing properties of yoga. In my vinyasa-based and breath-focused classes, we explore the tools yoga offers to find calmness and power in our always-changing world.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years. What started as one day a week to balance a running habit, has turned into a daily practice. Although I always loved the way I felt after a yoga class, I always thought I needed to run to feel my best. After a few years of consecutive injuries, I turned to yoga in my downtime and discovered how much better I felt. Not only were my injuries healing faster, but I felt stronger and more balanced, both on and off the mat. I developed a new love and passion for yoga. After years of practice, I decided to embark on the journey of becoming a yoga teacher to help share my passion with others. I offer a balanced practice that challenges my students to be present and let go of their daily distractions. My classes, while always alignment conscious, are fun and remind students to let go of expectations to be perfect and embrace where they are in their practice today – because each day is different. I enjoy bringing my love of breathwork, meditation, Yin Yoga poses and deep relaxation to all my classes.