Anastasia uniquely combines her dance background, love for dynamic flow classes and her devotion to the deeper and more subtle healing aspects of spiritual practice. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, where she has been teaching for the past 9 years. Anastasia infuses her Vinyasa style group classes with a more therapeutic tone from her background and training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Restorative Yoga. She strongly believes in movement as medicine.
Mondays 7:15-8:30 pm: Basic Flow - Laughing Lotus (636 Sixth Ave, 3rd floor)
Basic flow allows you to explore poses slowly and break them down to find the foundation of your vinyasa practice. It is intended for all levels, including beginners who want to build an infrastructure or more experienced yogis or yoginis who want to revisit the fundamentals of their practice and nurture their roots.
The practice of yoga is a personal journey. Private instruction provides a comfortable and safe space to be guided into deeper layers of your practice. Each session is designed for your individual needs, varying from an active vinyasa practice to restorative yoga.
Restorative yoga is a quieting, supportive, and deeply nourishing practice. Much like the practice of savasana or deep relaxation, it is a meditative, receptive practice in which you continually let go of holding yourself up and allow yourself to be fully supported. Over time, with the body fully supported by props, and with the help of gravity, you are able to surrender layers of deeply held tension. Restorative Yoga helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic stress and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system by initiating the relaxation response.
Phoenix Rising is a yoga therapy technique that combines psychotherapy with movement to access the wisdom of our body. Through theme based yoga postures, participants are guided through an experience of the present moment. Whether the present moment is inviting a physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual experience, participants have an opportunity to find richness in relationship to the bigger picture of how what they became aware of connects to their daily life – work, play, family and relationships. Using focused breathing and deliberate held postures, participants explore a deeper attunement to his/her own internal guiding compass. Through this process of awareness and discernment, participants have the opportunity to release old undigested experiences, traumas, personal beliefs and out-of-date habits and patterns to then move more fully into life with new perspective and personal efficacy.
A private and individualized session uses reflective language and therapeutic dialogue to blend the language of a yoga therapy class with the more directive movement instruction of a yoga private class. It may also include some hands-on contact only with the permission of each individual.