Fiona first found Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at her local gym while she was in high school, and maintained a consistent individual practice as she went on to complete degrees in Opera and Piano at Syracuse University. Vinyasa classes became her sanity while she worked in a hectic marketing agency for a few years, and evolved into a passion that led her to pursue her 200 hour teacher training at Starseed Yoga (Verona, NJ). Soon after she began teaching, she decided to leave her full-time job in order to spend several months in southern India completing her 300 hour Advanced Ashtanga teacher training. Although she can still sometimes be found teaching more gentle vinyasa classes, her heart is in the vigorous and disciplined Ashtanga practice.
Living by the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves,” Fiona teaches challenging yet meditative classes with emphasis on alignment, pranayama, and living a yogic lifestyle. She enjoys working one-on-one with students who have specific aches, pains, or goals as well as cultivating a vigorous yet peaceful practice with a larger group of people. But when she’s not on the mat, you can bet she’s in a faraway land making new friends and finding adventure!
Please email me for more information about scheduling private lessons, group rates, or finding one of my nearby classes!
Classes with Fiona
|Level 1 & 2||Monday, 6.15 – 7.30pm||Bloom Yoga|
|Level 1||Monday, 7.45 – 9pm||Bloom Yoga|
|Level 1||Thursday, 6 – 7.15pm||Bloom Yoga|
|Open Level Vinyasa
• $10 drop in!
|Thursday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm||Saddle Brook, NJ|
• first class free!
|Friday, 9:15 – 10:15 am||Indigo Yoga|
Introduction to Ashtanga
Introduction to Ashtanga classes will build a strong foundation with pranayama (breathing) instruction and an abridged version of the Primary series focusing on alignment and integrating movement with breath. If you are looking to try an exciting, vigorous new practice or develop a strong base for your home practice, Introduction to Ashtanga is a great place to start! If you are a more seasoned practitioner, you will still be able to benefit from hands-on adjustments offered in this class. Ashtanga Vinyasa is an ancient style of yoga originally taught in the Yoga Korunta and subsequently passed down from guru to student. It includes practicing a set series of postures in conjunction with a specific breathing method known as Ujjayi. You can learn more about the Ashtanga tradition from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois here.
Vinyasa Yoga Classes
Vinyasa classes are for all yogis, seasoned or new. Asana (postures) are sequenced to flow together with breath and are as challenging as you choose, with many options offered. Come as you are and take what you need!
- Power Vinyasa classes are intense yet meditative, and often feature more challenging poses. Modifications are always offered, but these practices may not be the best choice for those who are pregnant or less prepared for vigorous movement.
- Levels 1 & 2 classes are taught in the vinyasa style and while they are still challenging, they are presented at a slower pace and with more specific alignment instructions. Excellent for beginners or for experienced yogis who want some new perspective on basic asanas!
- Open Level Vinyasa classes are taught based on who arrives – if we are a room of beginners, we’ll learn the basics but if we’re ready for handstands or arm balances we’ll do that too!
Yoga has been proven to bring both physical fitness and peace of mind to those who practice. Not only are asana (postures) excellent exercise, but the body-mind connection created through a well-rounded practice of meditation, pranayama (breathing), and asana results in greater body awareness which leads to a healthier lifestyle.
Regardless of fitness level or preferences, there is a style of yoga for everyone! Let me help you find yours.
Additional studies on the benefits of yoga practice:
Yoga Journal: Specific Health Benefits of Yoga
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Mayo Clinic: Fight stress and find serenity
Harvard Health Publications: Yoga for anxiety and depression