Tola means Balance in Sanskrit, a language used for writing the most ancient texts in India where yoga originated. Yoga helps to balance physical body and it also works for the well-being of the whole person. Coordinated movement and breath in yoga helps to bring focus inward allowing us to disconnect from surroundings and calm down impulses of the mind. Yoga teaches us to slow down and learn how to take care of ourselves and live more balanced life. Yoga and Pilates have been a part of my life since mid-2000's. I was looking for relief from back pain and imbalances intensified by old gymnastics injuries and hours of sitting at the desk. After my first class I knew it was what I needed for my health and well-being. Since then I have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching. My experience gave me unique insight into rehabilitative aspects of yoga and importance of creating balance between strength and flexibility in the body, focusing on the breath and allowing mind to find moments of stillness. I am continually grateful for and inspired by my teachers and students and enjoy witnessing benefits of regular yoga practice on and off the mat.
I practice and teach with compassion in mind allowing everyone to start where they are and progress from there. My classes are a blend of strength and flexibility with emphasis on core strengthening postures and using breath to connect mind and body. I try to make each class a little different and encourage safe modifications and use of various props (yoga blankets, foam roller, therapy balls, blocks, etc.) to maximize the benefits of each session. I teach postures, breathing and meditation techniques that people can incorporate in their daily lives. Beginners are always welcome in my classes!
When not on the mat, I enjoy walking with my dogs, hiking, skiing and traveling as well as cooking healthy meals often with the ingredients straight from my garden.
lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.