Raven has been teaching at Open Door Yoga since 2005. She is a graduate of the 200hr Open Door Yoga Teacher Training Program and has also completed teacher training in Ashtanga, Yin and Restorative Yoga. She has been practicing since 1999 and she believes there is no end to the depth of yoga as she continuously learns and discovers new realms in her practice and teaching.
My class tends to be flow orientated, meaning I move through one posture to the next not rapidly but flow like focusing on the breath. Think Ashtanga light! Ashtanga was my introduction to yoga and remains as the system most near and dear to my heart. I have practiced Bikram’s, Sivananda, Kundalini, Yin and Restorative Yoga. In India I learned of the important connection between Hinduism and yoga and while I hold a deep respect for this connection I make no attempt to amalgamate such sacredness into my teaching as I have had no appropriate instruction or cultural experience with it. I endeavour to be very clear with my directions and my demonstrations, providing modifications for all the poses.
Within the flow like structure of my class I incorporate the practice of holding postures. This serves to; cultivate mindfulness, help us learn to breathe through any anxieties that may arise and improve overall body strength. I believe that what we experience on the mat, will, through continuous practice transcend into daily life.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
~ The Gospel of Thomas