I love to combine a wide range of experiences; a dynamic physical workout with precise alignment instructions, focus on breath within the poses and in pranayama, spiritual reflection, trans-personal psychology (directed inward work) and time at the beginning and end of each class for quiet contemplation that leads to a meditative experience. My prime focus is on the breath, throughout the entire class, which provides a cleansing from the inside out. I strive to teach an equal part of challenge and nurture, a balance of feminine and masculine. As the breath, heart and body all work together, I hope to lead students to a deep feeling of connection and wholeness that helps to stay focused and quiet the mind.
My initial training came from a foundation in Iyengar Yoga, then Ashtanga, resulting in an alignment based vinyasa flow that’s a slightly slower vinyasa then usual, emphasizing on precise alignment as we flow with a rhythmic breath. I am also trained in Medical Chi Gong, using the 5 elemental theory to guide the practices according to the seasons, that I overlay in the Zen Yoga. This is the ultimate combination of a strong physical practice combined with a deep inner focus of moving our prana (chi) in the patterns of the energy highways. It’s a unique combination that is deeply healing.
Here’s what students are saying about Maggie
We learn to trust ourselves, while we approach challenging poses with a sense of humor, learning not to take ourselves too seriously. I stress that striving for perfection is not the goal of yoga, but rather to notice the beauty, the peace and the sense of play in every moment. We are all already perfect in every way. We try as hard as we can, and let go of the results of our efforts. Let’s have fun and feel good, knowing that yoga always works.
Here’s what students are saying about Michael
I have been teaching for 13 years and lead and co-lead retreats all over the world. I have lead my own teacher training and assist Boston Yoga School’s and Kula Yoga, NYC. My life’s work is also to work with women and offer retreats every year for the development of true inclusive sisterhood. I officiate weddings and blessingways for those seeking a non-traditional earth and spirit connected experience.
I love my life, family, students and that I live near trees.
My odyssey to yoga began following a car accident that left me with a broken back and other fractures. After years of cross training, teaching and climbing; double hip replacement brought me back to the practice with a new perspective: Life is short so it is crucial to inhabit the present moment. Increased awareness is just one of Yoga’s many benefits.The community of yoga practitioners continues to encourage me with its compassion, intelligence and humor.
Lacey first became enamored with anatomy and the fundamentals of balance as a gymnast in her early teens. After discovering yoga’s health benefits during post-surgery rehabilitation, she was inspired to use her 15 years of practitioner experience to make yoga more accessible for others. She teaches strong-but-nurturing classes in the Hudson Valley and NYC, and her mindful and articulate instruction allows students to explore alignment, body awareness and breath-centered movement through their own unique lens. www.laceyoga.com