Panacea is a Latin word which means “a remedy for all ills, a solution to all problems”. I believe that yoga is one of those remedies, a path that can help anyone find healing, and live a vibrant and purposeful life.
Panacea Yoga is a blending of styles, rooted in Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is Sanskrit for the union (yoga) of the sun (ha) and the moon (tha). Hatha yoga incorporates postures (asana), breathing and cleansing practices (pranayama), and meditation all for the purpose of purifying our body and mind so that we can enter into a relationship with our soul, our consciousness. This is the true purpose of yoga.
At Panacea, I bring to my classes a strong awareness of physical alignment, body mechanics and energy work, over 30 years of experience in teaching different subjects and the practical application of them, along with over 20 years of my own yoga practice, and 12 years of teaching yoga.
My style of teaching depends on who is present in my class. My mission is to make the healing and freedom that is promised through yoga available to all, regardless of age, condition, or level of experience. The path to getting there can be different for each student.
My classes typically begin with gentle movement paired with breath to warm up the body, then some sun salutations to build more inner fire. I utilize different techniques to open the lines of energy and direct prana in sequences designed to balance strength and flexibility, gradually working from simpler to more complex postures. For those who need it, I can break postures into components so that they can work through progressions that are appropriate for them, while I can challenge advanced students to delve farther inward so that they can integrate their physical practice with the deeper work needed to unite with their spirit. My classes usually involve all six categories of postures, so that by the end of class, each student is ready to release the physical body in Savasana, opening for the focus and stillness required for pranayama and meditation. Students leave my classes having experienced the bliss and clarity this holistic approach brings.
Not everyone is ready for this kind of yoga. Some students just want a physical workout. Yet eventually, part of the student begins to crave more, perhaps to better handle a stressful life, perhaps to find a connection with their true self, perhaps to learn how to access this pathway to lightness themselves and to share with others.