What to Expect from Our Sessions

Hello friends! My intention with this post is to give more descriptive detail of what to expect during our ongoing sessions together. I will also describe some of the yogic tools we may use during our sessions together. For those who have tried yoga in group settings, you are probably familiar with some or all of these, but we will have time to expand on those in our private sessions. As always, all sessions are tailored to your individual skill level.

Our first session together will include an initial health assessment/intake where we discuss any current concerns as well as goals for our time together. Topics of discussion will include: energy level, quality of sleep, physical activities, injuries, current emotional and mental state, etc. This will give us both a better understanding of which practices will best serve you physically, mentally, and emotionally moving forward.

Each practice could include one or a mixture of the following:

Hatha Yoga: We hold each posture for several breaths, giving space and time to fully embody each pose. We learn to still the mind and stay present in the moment.

Vinyasa yoga: This type of yoga is characterized by the “flow”, stringing poses together with breath. This can be gentle or energetic, slow or sped up a bit. We will move mindfully while building strength and balance.

Therapeutic yoga: We will use a holistic approach to help relieve symptoms of particular physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances. This could be chronic pain, fatigue, stress, trauma, etc. Our goal is to work together toward a path of self-healing.

Restorative yoga: For this practice, we will use props to support the body in poses that allow for total rest and relaxation. This practice is the perfect way to slow down and consciously relax.

Yin Yoga: This is a series of floor poses held for a few minutes that passively stretch the fascia and connective tissues. This practice increases circulation in joints and improves flexibility.

Yoga Nidra: Also known as “yogic sleep”, this technique is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness.

Meditation: We will try a variety of meditation techniques to guide us inward to achieve a greater sense of awareness, wisdom, introspection, and a deeper sense of relaxation.

Pranayama: Techniques and exercises to regulate the breath and energy within the body. These are great tools to learn for self-regulating the nervous system, calming down, and energizing the body.

Mudra: Hand gestures used during meditation and pranayama practices to help direct the flow of energy within the body.

Mantra: For those who love to use their voice, we may chant certain words or sounds to aid with concentration during meditation.

I hope these descriptions were helpful. Please feel free to reach out with any questions regarding these practices. Looking forward to practicing with you! Best, Jess

Jessica Strunk