I first found Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at my local gym in high school, and maintained a consistent individual practice as I went on to complete degrees in Opera and Piano at Syracuse University. Vinyasa classes became my sanity while I worked in a hectic marketing agency for a few years, and evolved into a passion that led me to pursue her 200 hour teacher training at Starseed Yoga (Verona, NJ). Soon after I began teaching, I decided to leave her full-time job in order to spend several months in southern India completing my 300 hour Advanced Ashtanga teacher training.
Living by the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves,” I teach challenging yet meditative classes with emphasis on alignment, pranayama, and living a yogic lifestyle. I enjoy 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 I’m not on the mat, you can bet I’m in a faraway land making new friends and finding adventure!
Classes with Fiona
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-studio classes are postponed until further notice.
Corporate Yoga Classes in North NJ
Corporate classes are completely customized to the needs of the group. Typically, we open with five minutes of breathing exercises, spend about 40 minutes working on strength and balance with standing vinyasa sequences, and finish with fifteen minutes of floor stretching and relaxation to improve flexibility and posture. These classes are often tailored to students with tight hips, hamstrings, and shoulders from spending the day seated at desks. I am fully insured, accustomed to corporate environments, and able to work within organizational guidelines to provide enjoyable and beneficial yoga classes while complying with corporate regulations.
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:
11 Benefits of Yoga
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