1) aware of and responding to one’s surroundings; awake, 2) having knowledge of something; aware.
What is Conscious Yoga?
Conscious Yoga is a smart way to practice yoga and to become more aware of the body and the mind, creating awareness in everyday life. Conscious Yoga teaches you how to move with intention, strength, grace, and openness not just on the mat, but in your life.
The Conscious Yoga Story
When I started practicing yoga, I learned Classical Vinyasa, like much of the yoga community in the west. In my teacher training, I learned the importance of alignment and functional movement. Through this newfound awareness of alignment and anatomy, I found awareness in many other areas of my life. Becoming aware of my body taught me how to be more aware in life, and that really changed everything for me. I started living my life differently. From practicing moving intentionally on my mat, I started doing things in life with more intention. I found that I was thinking more clearly and making better decisions. This led to me becoming vegan pretty quickly which in and of itself changed my life. Practicing yoga this way has transformed me and how I live my life. I am learning and growing every day, and yoga teaches me that that’s infinite and it reminds me how much I love the journey.
I created Conscious Yoga because I want to share this tool of gaining awareness with the world! I know it sounds cliche, but I also really want it to be accessible. So, there’s everything from free classes to affordable, paid classes.
I was introduced to yoga in 2011 by a wonderful friend who encouraged me to try a class. Since then, I began taking a beginner’s workshops to learn more about the practice. From then on, I fell in love with the practice of yoga. It wasn’t until I went through a period of darkness that the practice became a way of life for me. Yoga really saved me, by helping me have a reason to get out of the bed in the morning and keeping my body and mind connected and healthy. And so, I have been eager to get on the mat and learn and grow through this practice. Now, I’m excited to share my new knowledge with the world! I finished my 200-hour teacher training at YogaStream in Princeton, NJ with a physical therapist. Through this training, I learned the importance to discuss not only the wonderful and amazing aspects of the physical yoga practice, but also explain the risks, and really emphasize proper alignment and intelligent movements. Also through this teacher training, I learned the importance of love and compassion, on and off the mat. I learned that a deeper connection and understanding of the alignment of the body and how it is moving through space creates a deeper connection between the body and the mind, which also helped me liven my own spirit. Yoga is a way of life, and it has transformed mine, by helping me become more and more aware every single day, during practice and out in the world. My mission in teaching is to teach awareness through the body. Awareness is key to making good decisions, having strong relationships with ourselves and others, and making changes in the world.