What style of yoga do I teach?

Although I have a diverse background and can teach a range of different styles of yoga, as well as the philosophy and ethics of yoga, my teaching is most strongly influenced by the Jivamukti method and has a strong bhakti (devotional) element. We usually start with chanting and a juicy warm-up, followed by a teaching, often from one of the central yogic texts. We then move into a fast-paced and upbeat asana practice set to a playlist thoughtfully curated for that particular class. There is almost always quiet, meditative time, either at the beginning or the end of each practice. My classes encourage a physical, ethical, and spiritual experience of yoga, combining a vigorous asana practice with adherence to five central elements of yoga: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsā (nonviolence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation). My teaching emphasizes compassionate political engagement with the world–specifically animal rights, veganism, environmentalism, and social activism–and the art of sitting joyfully and steadily in a world that is changing fast and never fully in our control. All are welcome in my classes.