Why? Because it makes people feel better.
I’ve never met a person who couldn’t benefit from a yoga practice, even though there are lots of people who don’t feel like they can “do” yoga. But in order to do yoga, you don’t have to wear special clothes. You don’t need a yoga mat. You don’t need any amount of flexibility. You don’t have to be strong. You don’t have to be evolved.
You don’t have to be nice. You don’t have to be spiritual.
Here’s what you need for a good yoga practice: you have to be breathing.
What I teach are playful, healing, practical, fun, helpful, down-to-earth classes, workshops, retreats and seminars for ordinary people. I use the tools of yoga to help myself and others feel more whole, more alive, healthier and better in all kinds of ways.
Here are some of the people I’ve taught over the past twenty years: Alzheimers patients, varsity football players, homeschool children, ski instructors, seniors, babies, varsity lacrosse players, Channing Bete employees, teachers, professors, movie stars (well, only one), professional athletes, mothers, robbers, misfits, hotel employees, lawyers, doctors, doulas, college students, high school students, accountants, woodland elves, my own children, and the rare cow.
Here’s what yoga gives: a respite from our busy lives, more physical health, a time to de-stress, a practice of mindfulness, easing of physical aches and pains, a calmer mind, a stronger body, a really good nap and world peace. Or, anyway, a glimpse of it.
Want to get a sense of the kind of yoga I practice and teach? I share a (mostly) weekly 2-minute yoga class on MuMuMo’s Facebook site. If you have 2 minutes, it can be really fun.