Barbara has practiced an active lifestyle since her childhood as a runner, tennis player, skier/snowboarder, and in her 50’s a Tae Kwon Do black belt. She turned to yoga to strengthen her body and mind when complications from elective surgery five years ago left her unable to engage in traditional athletic activities.
Barbara’s yoga training is in Anusara (school of Hatha yoga emphasizing principles of alignment) and Kripalu (inward focus, self discovery & compassionate lifestyle). With nearly 500 hours of teacher training in this combination of yoga schools, she can help you cultivate the tools & perspectives to navigate life’s storms and find ways to connect with what is meaningful and important in our lives.
She is also trained in Pranayama (breath practices), Pelvic Floor Yoga, and is a certified Chair Yoga Teacher. Barbara enjoys working with both groups and individuals.
Her classes emphasize alignment while using the breath to guide movement and movement as a meditation – a combination of Pranayama and Pratayahara for exploration of boundaries, sensation, and inward focus in every posture and all aspects of a yoga class.
“The highest form of spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.” This quote from Swami Kripalu is what guides Barbara in the way she cues her students in class. Through self-observation, we look within, asking ourselves who we are, how we show up, and how we want to move forward.
“Practice with me and cultivate the ability to listen to the aliveness in your body.”
Namaste, Jai Bhagwan
Mindful & Meditative Flow (Mondays 5:30PM-6:30PM)
Perfect for those with an existing vinyasa style practice: Give yourself one hour of relaxation and rejuvvenation. Weave breath and movement into warmups and graceful sequences for a flow that feels like a meditation. You are cued through principles of alignment and encouraged to explore boundaries within your personal level of strength and flexibility. Build heat, increase flexibility, and body awareness.
Gentle Kripalu (Sundays 11am-12pm)
Relax and rejuvenate. Coordinate movement with breath to flow through a sequence of gentle poses, soothing the mind, increasing flexibility, and building strength. Release stress and anxiety and increase body awareness.