Love your body

Yoga

My favorite part about teaching yoga is witnessing my students embrace the power of their physical form.

My instruction focuses on physical and energetic alignment, while matching breath with movement. I am dedicated to helping my students move through their self-imposed limitations in order to reach their full potential.

Both individual and group private yoga classes are available. Every class ends with an optional guided mediation.

All levels, including beginners, are welcomed. 

 

I guarantee that after a 1-hour session with me, you will stand straighter, feel calmer, and recognize the magnificence of the being you are.

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"Truth is one, paths are many."

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Hannah's Yoga Background

I have been regularly practicing yoga since 2011. In the spring of 2011, I attended the Living Yoga Training Program (LYT), at Yogaville, which also is known as the Swami Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia. The LYT program is a month-long program of spiritual study that focuses on the branches of yoga. I have yoga experience in Hatha (Asana and Pranayama), Jnana (Wisdom), Raja (Meditation), Karma (Service), Bhakti (Devotion), and Satsang (Seeking Truth).

From June 2012 – November 2013, I was Operations Manager for Shanti Yoga. In 2012 I completed my 200-hour intensive teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas. I then continued to work for Rebecca Bayes, who mentored me as a yoga instructor and taught me how to find my voice.

In April of 2013, I injured my back and my entire yoga practice shifted. Forced to listen more closely to my body, I focused on alignment-based yoga practices, studying Eischens Yoga (a branch of the Iyengar tradition) with Kari Tomashik in both Ferndale and Honor, Michigan. I have attended over 100 hours of training with her, including a series of weekend workshops and a summer retreat on muscle engagement and alignment.

A yoga instructor at multiple studios locally, from Berkley’s Shanti Yoga to Lisa Ballo’s Belightful Yoga to LA Fitness, I have also taught private groups in Israel and Mongolia. I have also facilitated sessions at a Women’s Recovery Retreat for three years. I have taught everything from gentle candlelight yoga to a medium blend to challenging vinyasa.

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Scientific Facts

Yoga is not about becoming a pretzel.

There are many wonderful health benefits to practicing yoga. Some include:​

  • Sharpens the brain

  • Controls diabetes

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Decreases depression

  • Improves cardiovascular health

  • Curbs chronic neck and low-back pain

  • Promotes positive self-perception

 

Reference: Goyanes, Christina. “The New Science on the Health Benefits of Yoga.” Huffington Post, 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sonimacom/yoga-health-benefits_b_7853856.html