Yoga

“Goals are the finish line of a race, while yoga is an ongoing process throughout your life” – Ganga White

Yoga - BowFlorence has been practicing and studying yoga for over twenty years. She holds an ERYT-500 certification and is a certified continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance (YACEP). She is grateful to have been able to study with internationally renowned professors in different styles of Hatha Yoga, and always pursuing continuing education with passion. Her most influential teachers are Dr. Cole (Iyengar Yoga), Dr. McCall (Yoga as Medicine), Tim Miller (Ashtanga Yoga), and Michael Fukumara (Anusara Yoga). Her first 1000 hour Teacher Training Certification was in Synergy Yoga with Peri Ness.

 “As one practice cannot suit everyone, various methods will be advanced, and everyone by actual experience will find out which helps him most” – Swami Vivekananda

With Dr Cole, Supported fish pose, restorative yoga
With Dr Cole, Supported fish pose, restorative yoga

Florence teaches beginners and experienced yogis alike. Her passion is in developing classes that address the imbalances she sees in her Physiotherapy and Ayurvedic practices. The diversity of her training allows her to draw from the precise alignment of Physiotherapy and Iyengar Yoga, the energetic Vinyasa of Ashtanga Yoga, and the therapeutic integration of Rolfing and Feldenkrais methodologies. Her classes are respectful of everyone’s needs, and her adjustments are specific and safe. She emphasizes the use of postures or asanas as tools, not goals, to build stability, mobility, efficiency, and the ability to consciously relax. Asanas and breathing exercises or Pranayama are modified to serve the unique needs of each student, using props whenever necessary.

“When I teach a class of 25 students, I am, in essence, teaching 25 different classes” Florence

With Joe VanNiekerk, adapting the posture to the student.
With Joe VanNiekerk, adapting the posture to the student.

Florence regularly conducts workshops for students and teachers. Her specialties include: applied anatomy and physiology, Yoga Therapy, therapeutic movements for musculoskeletal imbalances, Yoga as stress management, Yoga for specific sports or activities, and the integration of Ayurvedic wisdom in Yoga practices.

“The classic posture, when performed with care and concentration, unites body, mind and consciousness into a harmonious whole” – BKS Iyengar

Both yoga and Ayurveda encourage us to pay attention to our outer and inner ecology. As we learn to listen to the innate intelligence of our bodies, we realize the interaction of all our internal systems. Our posture in everyday life affects our breathing. Our breathing affects our minds. Our thoughts affect our immunity… Learning to work with these interactions is an integral part of the wisdom of yoga.

With Dr McCall Yoga as Medicine
With Dr McCall
Yoga as Medicine

Our bodies are our best teachers… So long as we remember to listen!

“Your body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean because the soul resides in it” – BKS Iyengar

A confession

With Leslie Kaminoff Anatomy of breathing
With Leslie Kaminoff
Anatomy of breathing

As an endurance athlete, I started my practice of yoga with good strength and endurance, but an obvious lack of flexibility. I still remember suffering through my first class, sitting on the floor while my knees and hips were crying “uncle”. I admit it was not love at first sight, but for some reason, I persevered. It took several years and wonderful teachers for me to love the practice. I realized that flexibility was only one of the many aspects of yoga, and not any more desirable than strength for example. Most importantly, I started understanding that my practice was for my own growth, consciousness, and health. Yoga gave me a deeper sense of understanding and kindness to myself. I am forever grateful to my teachers for their patience!

In French, the verb “apprendre” both means to learn and to teach. Being a teacher is a gift. I love my students, and I am grateful for what I learn from them every time we get to practice together!

Namaste