Friends old and new,
Welcome to a studio unlike most yoga studios. A place you can feel at home, unintimidated not judged, yet see real changes come to fruition. Greenleaf Yoga is a safe haven . . . a nest to grow in and branch out from. I've never been one who likes huge universities, mega churches, Big Box fitness centers or the "corporate world." That's why I created Greenleaf.
I didn't want it to be another intimidating yoga studio experience or an impersonal, public classroom. Instead Greenleaf is a respite in a hectic world, a place to encourage the tradition of yoga and meditation to people of all walks of life, no matter one's size, shape, physical condition, emotional or physical challenges.
I'd experienced too many classes where one's individual and specific needs were not just overlooked, but were not even inquired about.
~ At Greenleaf, we acknowledge not only one's inherent uniqueness, but celebrate it! Here, one size does not fit all. ~
Confirmation that sometimes yoga teachings have pushed too much, comes from Glenn Black, who is honored as a master teacher, taught at Omega Institute, NY, and whose clientele is said to include injured and ailing, prominent gurus, celebrities and other celebrity yoga teachers. In his book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, William Broad, writes, "If Black ran the world, he would have many people -including celebrities of the yoga circuit--relinquish not just difficult poses but the discipline itself.
" ' It is controversial to say, but it really shouldn't be used for a general class. There's such a variety and range of possibilities. Everybody has a different problem,' " Black said.
As well-known national yoga teacher, anatomist and author of the DVD, Anatomy of Yoga, Paul Grilley put it at the Midwest Yoga Conference, in Bloomingdale, Ill., "We are like a million snowflakes, each the same and yet unique."
It is that acknowledgement of that sameness, yet uniqueness I strive to weave into the fabric of every class and private session.
Although the surge in yoga's popularity over the last five years has been a boon to what was formerly a fringe activity in the West, that seemed to have grow out of the 1960's movement, it has also opened us up to the not-so-healthy side of yoga. Professionally, the longer I've taught, the more I've seen individual challenges and needs.
~Teaching a generic class, aiming to the middle and hoping I didn't leave anyone behind, or go beyond people's abilities, has never been an option in my classes. ~
Greenleaf is a private studio suite serving no more than 8 students with no sweaty packed gym classes or inexperienced, ill-trained instrutors. Explore self expression, personal growth, empowerment, and deep healing through a gentle personalized approach with limited class sizes.
Take an active role in your own well-being by learning how to care for yourself on many levels~ mind, body and spirit!
In service, peace & light,