Movement, whether in the form of hatha yoga, conscious breathing, or otherwise, is a vehicle toward self-awareness. Through movement, we gain an experiential understanding of our bodies. When we resolve our conflicts with the body, we create a foundation of self-love and respect from which we can build a better overall self-knowledge. When we know ourselves, we can build a better relationship with the world around us.
My intention is to nurture a playful and non-competiteve class environment. Questions in the middle of class are encouraged. I believe in learning from my students, and I don't think there is one right answer for everyone. Mastering concepts is more important to me than mastering challenging asanas (although that can be fun, too): the postures are a form for experimentation and learning rather than a goal in themselves. My approach is more practical and casual than metaphysical: I am interested in problem-solving to support proper alignment, freedom of movement, and stress relief.