Water Aerobics &
Water Yoga Classes
Hatha Yoga is the style of yoga that I am certified to teach through the American Aerobic Association International & International
Sports Medicine Association or AAAI/ISMA. I obtained my level I certification in August of 2007 and returned in July of 2009 to earn
my level II and my level III certifications. I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and apprenticed through Marie’s Fitness and
Massage Center for six months receiving my Yoga Teacher Apprentice Program certificate in May of 2008. I attended Paul and
Susie Grilley’s instruction on Yin Yoga through Kripalu in August of 2008 and returned November of 2009 for 23.5 hrs of instruction in
Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky.
I currently teach on the land:
9:30AM Tuesday & Thursday morning yoga classes
through the Town of Plainfield Recreation Department
651 Norwich Rd., Plainfield, CT 06374
I also offer a Water Yoga Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4PM through the Plainfield Recreation Department (860) 564-1819.
Using the water to aid in balance is a wonderful way to begin a yoga practice!
Please inquire about setting up a group instruction through your organization or home. I am currently insured through Hands-On Trade
What is Hatha Yoga? The word Hatha comes from the combination of two Sanskrit terms “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning
moon. The word yoga means to yoke or to join things together. Simply put Hatha Yoga is the joining together of the sun and the
moon, the male and the female, the active use of muscles and the stillness of meditation or the yang and the yin. Traditional Hatha
yoga originated in fifteenth century India as a preparatory stage of physical purification with the goal for attaining the practice of higher
meditation but in the West, Hatha yoga is frequently practiced for mental and physical health.
I personally started to practice yoga after my physical therapy benefits ended while I was recovering from a back and shoulder
injury. I learned that if I allowed my body to go where it could into a pose, or asana, that I would feel better after the stretch and
exercise. I learned how to use my breath in a quiet peaceful manner and not to hold it through fear of re-injury or anger of pain. I
learned to heal myself! My goal in teaching yoga is not to impose a meditative journey into higher consciousness…although the
benefits from such a journey could be cool! No, I simply want others to understand that they don’t need to live in pain. That anyone
can learn how to stretch and move and become better balanced and more at peace at living within their body.
My hatha yoga practice typically begins with stretching and warming up of the muscles and joints. Then I practice a few stretching
and breathing exercises called Sun Breaths after which I lapse into Sun Salutations, or a flowing combination of poses that use breath
and movement to quietly allow the body to bend forward and backward, from side to side and to twist from left to the right. Then I lead
the class through a few poses. Depending on the needs of the class we may hold some seated poses longer which is a yin practice
that offers the ligaments and tendons the opportunity to stretch. The class ends with some gentle stretches followed by a brief guided
I am learning chair yoga which allows clients that are limited in their scope of movement the opportunity to participate in yoga. Sun
Salutations can be done with using a chair as a prop so the client does not need to bend over and reach the floor. The chair is a tool
to allow the body to stretch the best that it can. Many times those that enjoy chair yoga can eventually graduate to where they don’t
require the chair any longer. I believe that everybody’s body is different. I try to teach poses and movement according to where the
client should feel the stretch and not lament over where a book describes the placement of the foot, hand and body.
Yin yoga is composed of sixteen different postures that concentrate on stretching and ultimately the lubrication of the ligaments and
tendons of the thighs and lower body. Yin postures are relaxed poses that may originate from the seated position or lying on one’s
belly or back. Traditional Yin Yoga holds these poses for three to five minutes. The practitioner may enjoy these deep stretches or
may find muscle discomfort and the need to not hold the pose so long. As with all postures one must honor their body and allow it to
go into a pose only as far as it is ready to go. Called the “quiet practice” Yin yoga’s benefits to the body is the deep stretch that allows
the practitioner to ultimately move freer and with less pain.
I obtained my AQUA I Certification through AAAI/ISMA on August 15, 2008 and received my level II certification in July of 2009. I am
also a Red Cross Lifeguard.
***Spring session begins on April 9th***
Walk-ins for PM water classes...$7
I teach a 4PM Tuesday & Thursday Water Yoga class
5PM Tuesday/Thursday Water Aerobics class
7:30AM Mon/Wed/Fri Aerobic class
8:30AM Mon/Wed/Fri Stretch & Tone-Light Aerobic class
sign up for classes today....
through the town of Plainfield Recreation Department.
Plainfield Town Hall Pool
8 Community Ave., Plainfield, CT 06374
~ I can tailor an aqua workout to fit many levels of fitness and also offer Aqua Yoga and Water T’ai Chi instruction. ~
If interested in any of the aforementioned classes
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WATER YOGA &