Where do you find balance in your life? Do you have the proper balance of playfulness and challenge, physical movement and contemplation?
Good Balance Yoga is for those who love yoga and those who have yet to try it.
Enjoy a super-gentle yoga class that incorporates small movements and gentle stretches while building toward increased strength and flexibility. Find that perfect space between effort and ease.
Offering classes, private lessons and a substitute teaching service, Good Balance Yoga on beautiful Whidbey Island invites you to come play.
WHAT'S HAPPENING, 2024
Working on the core has been a great way to start the new year -- finding the power to strengthen and energize. Monday/Friday classes begin at 10 a.m. and are offered via Zoom. Cost is $60 for the two-month session and can include a second person in the household at no extra cost. If you don't already receive my e-mails, please click on "contact" above and find out how to call or e-mail me for additional information.
AS AN ALTERNATIVE: I offer a free, 45-minute, seated yoga class via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Those classes run throughout the year. It's a great place for beginners, people who are returning to yoga after a break, or those with movement limitations. A special focus in 2024 is centering -- we work on a new method every week.
Reflections on teaching: Sometimes I think the yoga community is every bit as important as the yoga class. I am so pleased how we have managed to build community over the past four years using only Zoom. Participants come from all over Whidbey and sometimes from out of state, and I'm happy to accommodate them from wherever they may live or travel. All Zoom classes open approximately 10 minutes before their actual start time; it's a great time for a chat or questions. (January, 2024)
Two things that I wasn't sure I could accomplish via Zoom have happily come to fruition. One is a weekly seated class and the other is the inclusion of couples into the classes. Did you know that two people in the same household can attend my Zoom classes for the same price as one? (February, 2022)
We made it through the winter and Zoom really proved its worth. It was fun (and important!) that we all stayed in touch and I appreciated the fact that people from Texas, Oregon, Washington and California were able to join in. (Spring, 2021)
Reflections on teaching: Here's an interesting thought: It may be easier for people learning yoga to relate to dynamic (moving) poses rather than static poses. Even though it's the static pose that's traditional in yoga, we are so used to moving -- walking, running, doing aerobic exercise -- that it may be an easier place to start a practice.
Reflections on teaching: This last week of November (2018), we've been doing some chair yoga. I'm always amazed at what an invigorating work-out can be had from a seated position!
Reflections on teaching: We've been working on core strength in February. I feel as if I've finally found, energized and begun to appreciate my core. Classic yoga poses that have been around for centuries still do the trick: plank, boat and bridge!
Reflections on teaching: January was devoted to adding gratitude to a yoga practice. Easy ways to do that include taking a moment to feel grateful when you step onto the mat and then work on some heart-opening poses.
Reflections on teaching: In December, we focused on a calm and restorative practice, including 61-point yoga nidra. The yoga nidra practice is good not just for relaxation at the end of class, but as something that can be used at home to destress or help with sleep.
Reflections on teaching: Summer 2016 session was devoted to learning about The Eight Limbs of Yoga. Learning (always learning!), whether it's a modified pose, a bit of yoga philosophy or a new approach such as "strap jacket," keeps teaching -- and learning -- fresh and exciting.
Reflections on teaching: I like mixing things up a bit. We spent the fall of 2015 practicing Original Yoga, 32 of the oldest known hatha yoga poses. And then we had a three-week session after Thanksgiving that was meant to bring some calm and relaxation into our lives at this busy time of year. It included yin yoga, restorative yoga and gentle back exercises. There's nothing wrong with being kind to ourselves!
Reflections on teaching: I think I learned as much as anyone in the summer 2015 chakras classes. It's a great reminder of that saying, "teach to learn." A very special part of this summer was how many people brought visiting family and friends to class with them. It was my sincere honor and pleasure to meet and teach everyone who arrived as a guest on Whidbey Island.