Ancient practices of Yoga, Breathwork, mindfulness, movement awareness, group connection & sun, sand, and dolphins!
Why do we come to practice? Throughout history people have come to the ancient healing practice of yoga for many reasons. In our contemporary way of thinking, we have looked to various modalities as ways of healing the body, calming the mind and feeding the spirit. A session at Yoga Tree encourages each student, through his or her own intention to access the healer and teacher within. When we come to our mat it serves as a lab to sit with ourselves. Patanjali shares through the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Yogas Chitta Vritti nirodha- stilling the fluctuations of the mind, being the aim of the practice. Sitting still is a challenge in our modern day world but through movements ( asanas-postures), breathing (pranayama) and stillness (meditation), we recreate ourselves, we heal from old wounds (both physical as well as emotional).
Consistent practice of yoga provides a foundation to deepen focus, increase the functioning of body systems and creates space to allow the practitioner to connect more deeply within, thereby enriching the quality of all facets of one’s life.
Yoga not only improves your body, but also helps with mindfulness and meditation. Take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity.
There are many different types, forms and methods of Yoga. At Yoga Tree, instructors blend an eclectic mix of experience and backgrounds together to create a unique and individualized approach while maintaining the integrity of this ancient healing system.
Interested in deepening your practice? Check back for upcoming dates on YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. 200 hour courses are available.
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On or Off Site classes. Contact us to personalize your class for your team.
At Yoga Tree, along with prenatal and kids yoga as specialized classes offered, we have catered to specific groups and this can be offered in a group or private setting. Yoga for cancer survivors, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for specific sport support (ie. Tennis, golf, skiing, soccer, swimming, etc.). Chair Yoga, SUP Yoga, Yoga for freediving and Scuba. Yoga for special events, such as for an engagement party, wedding party.
I am Holistic Health Practitioner as well as a Whole Foods Nutritional counselor. I have been offering nutritional and lifestyle counseling for 20 years. I became vegetarian at the age of 13 and my son and I became vegan 7 years ago. (I must recognize Jeffrey and Andrea Cohen here as turning point influencers here-much gratitude to these wonderful yogi’s at Satsang in Charleston). My approach with individual clients and groups is eating seasonally, locally, ethically and with awareness. I love to teach people about how and why. I offer cooking classes on and off site as well as a guided trip to the grocery market! I work with clients to create a wellness plan that meets their needs and is realistic as well as healthy and delicious. I am passionate about food and feeling good!
Working with kiddos and mama’s on their way to being with kiddos is a passion of mine and I have been involved with these teachings even before I, myself was a mom. In saying that, I was ENLIGHTENED through my pregnancy and now in life with my 14 year old son,…as to the amazing benefit of YOGA. I practiced and taught Yoga until the day my son was born ( 10 days beyond his scheduled due date). I had a wonderful doctor and a natural birth. I taught classes with my son in a front and back carrier when he was small and then he attended kids yoga classes. I have seen the impact first hand of a Yogic lifestyle influence in my own home and in my heart. I have been fortunate to stay in touch with kids who attended yoga classes in elementary and middle school, they are now graduating from college, returning to class or coming for massage therapy! Kids are overwhelmed these days just as parents are, Yoga is so supportive to assist all beings ( but particularly children) by providing tools for them to use during intense times, or daily. Yoga supports healthy eating, thinking, movement, sleep, digestion and connectedness with oneself as well as healthy relationships. I have many stories to share of the amazing impact from Kids Yoga. I work with youth in schools, activity centers, Yoga centers, recovery centers, inside the home and in nature! Parents frequently say to me that their child could never sit still or relax and I find JUST the opposite, within a safe, nurturing, fun environment, a child will open and be reminded of what is already within them. Trust is built in a Yoga session, authenticity, integrity, and kids LOVE final rest pose after moving their bodies in ways that can be calming but also make them giggle!
In my opinion practicing Yoga during pregnancy is ESSENTIAL! Relaxation techniques, preparing the body for changes and birth, as well as preparing mom to adapt to changes and shifts in all ways. A soothing prenatal Yoga class offers time for mom to spend with baby inside as well, forming a tight bond. Teaching mom how to take away from the class techniques to utilize daily and at home to support an amazing pregnancy. A prenatal class at Yoga Tree also involves hands on touch which can be a welcome support while the body is making way for this new life.
I had been introduced to pranayama and breathwork years ago but my journey to Yoga truly began while I was attending a freediving certification program. Each day we practiced breathwork and movement by the pool or on the beach, relaxing our bodies prior to immersing ourselves below the surface. I love the quiet below the top of the water and work hard to recreate this peaceful experience within a Yoga session. We are hearing more and more of the benefit of breathwork in so many realms of life, supporting what Yogi’s have practiced for MANY years. I teach specialized breathing classes but the pranayama practice is always a large portion woven in through movement during an asana class, regardless of the type, style and flow.
Interested in being inspired to homeschool/travel or simply create a healthy learning environment while your child attends a hometown school? My son and I homeschool/traveled for 4 years (grades 5,6,7,8). I will be sharing experience on all aspects of this on the website as well as the My Yoga Tree blog. I am happy to entertain questions and thoughts in all realms. My background as a certified Waldorf teacher and lifetime travel enthusiast created a foundation for this opportunity, but guiding my son through life with Yoga made this a reality.
In my personal belief, we all have challenges with addictions. Some of our addictions seem less or more harmful to ourselves or others but nonetheless, if “something”has control over you in some way, shifting how you make choices and decisions, then, in my opinion, there could be an addictive behavior. This is merely a statement, not a judgement and in identifying and having awareness, we see clearly through illusion and work to enhance our well being. Yoga is a gentle and beautiful way to make an impact in shifting that intensity, drive and passion in a manner that serves your highest good, as opposed to drifting you further from self. As Yogi’s we strive to look inward, heed to the inner wisdom, thereby empower ourselves to regain control that at times we give away or lose touch with. I have had the amazing and challenging opportunity for over 7 years to work with addiction/recovery clients. I have worked for 15 years with diverse groups of adults with substance abuse issues as well as children and teens healing and recovering from traumatic experience as well as children and adults that feel or seem to be “different” in some way than their peers. Yoga can allow us to access inner parts of our being by sitting with ourselves or releasing old wounding (physical, emotional, mental or spiritual) that has blocked us from healing and living to the fullest. Our unique journey on this planet makes way for us to share our gift(s)and through the consistent, dedicated practice of this wonderful healing system, we come home…A home many barely remember but a home that is filled with light.
Healthy, healing touch is not a luxury it is a necessity to all over wellness. I was introduced to the amazing healing modality of bodywork in my early 20’s in San Diego, California, various workshops in the USA as well as in New Zealand. I became very interested in anatomy and physiology while studying nutrition and a chiropractor that was my professor suggested massage therapy as a modality, initially my response was that I was not a person even hugging very often, no less touching people. This changed immediately as I was able to see how healthy, healing touch could enhance the well being. I love teaching clients about ways to live a richer life with more movement and connection to how the body works and being their own healer. I take great care with each individual client to assess and create a massage session that meets the unique needs at that moment in their life. My approach with massage is eclectic and based on a blend of acupressure, soft and deep tissue, energy work, breathwork, relaxation and assisting the systems to effectively do the best job possible in supporting the whole body.
How do I sign up?
CURRENTLY you will email us and connect, we will send you the necessary information to sign up for ZOOM classes!
You are welcome to drop-in to a class but priority will be offered to those who sign up in advance.
Please “drop us a line” if you know you will be attending so that we can be sure to guarantee your spot.
What do I bring with Me?
Dress comfortably in fitted clothing (extremely loose clothing can be a distraction with movement). If you have your own mat, and/or any specialized props, feel free to bring these things as well but all equipment and props necessary for the practice will be provided.
How do I prepare?
You will benefit the most from your yoga session if you are rested and hydrated. Eat a light snack or meal 1-2 hours prior to class, honor the needs of your specific body but practice on a full stomach could inhibit your movement.
What happens when I arrive?
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class start time. Please honor the practice space, quietly entering. If you need to talk to another student or the teacher, please move outside of the practice space. You will remove your shoes and socks and be directed to sign in for the class. If you have any specific restrictions, accommodations or injuries please let the instructor be aware of this so he/she can offer modifications to enhance your experience. You will set up your yoga mat (there will be borrow mats and all props necessary for the practice). Position your mat so that you can clearly see the instructor. Some postures will be demonstrated, some verbal cues will be offered. The instructor will offer hands on assists to ensure the safety and benefit of your class. (please advise the instructor if you prefer to not have hands on assists)
What happens during class?
The yoga space will be dimly lit and the music/sound in class would be based on the style of class you attend. Most classes begin and end slowly with stillness and meditation practice (this will come with more ease the more you practice). In most sessions only the instructor will speak, offering cues to movements and possibly describing the benefit of the movement. The manner in which a student enters and and exits a yoga posture is very important, therefore the instructor will be reiterating throughout the practice to breath and follow the flow of instructions. These postures are called asanas (you may have heard the term posture but translated the word asana means “seat” you will be trying to create a comfortable “seat” in each posture). You may be asked to hold or retain a certain asana or the class may involve moving through a succession of various linked postures. You may hear the ancient language of Sanskrit spoken in class, the names of postures, as you attend classes these words will feel more familiar. There will be a savasana (rest posture) offered at the end of each session and pending on the instructor, there may be gentle touch to the scalp or shoulders as well as an eyepillow. There may be a mantra (a word or phrase) offered at the finish of the session as well as the word a namaste’. (nama means: bow and te means: you) the spoken word namaste’ would traditionally be accompanied by a mudra (or hand gesture) that would be hands coming together at the heart center acknowledging honor.
How do I pay for a class?
You may pay by cash, credit or debit (we have PayPal, Square and Venmo)
You may buy per class or per session (6 weeks )
What should I expect after my first class?
You may experience sore muscles after the first class, moving your body in different ways than previously moved! It is advisable to drink water after class and eat healthy! Avoid processed foods and sugar ( always ) but specifically when beginning your yogic journey!
How often should I practice yoga?
We suggest 2-3 times weekly minimum, but a daily practice is what will bring about the utmost of enhancements to your all over being!
I have always wanted to TRY yoga, but....
Can Yoga help me to be successful with _________?
Can Yoga help me to lose weight?
Can Yoga help me focus more at work or school?
Can Yoga help me be a better parent, partner, biker, swimmer, skier?
Can Yoga help to relieve lower back pain?
Can Yoga help with depression? Anxiety? Insomnia? Digestive issues? Chronic pain? inflammation? Addiction?
Can Yoga improve my mental health?
Can Yoga help me to have an amazing pregnancy and smooth, happy birthing experience?
The short answer is YES! The more thorough answer is that Yoga can help us to clear the chatter in the mind. Yoga leads us down a path with the intention of liberation from suffering. If we fully embrace the teachings and the daily practice of Yoga, I believe any of the above mentioned situations to be enhanced, supported, or alleviated. In my personal experience and through 20 years of sharing and practicing this amazing science, art, system...I am confident in saying that with discipline, commitment and study, the practice of Yoga DOES enhance the all over well being of the practitioner. Yoga allows us to look deeply within. The asana practice ( movements, postures, etc. ) teaches us not only about flexibility and strength of the body, but also ( and mainly) the mind. On the mat, we are faced with the relationship of self. We are asked to sit quietly with ourselves, this is not an easy task in our busy world. This takes PRACTICE. A traditional Yoga class is taught in a group, this group, in theory, comes together without judgement, expectation or ego (this ALSO takes practice). This practice parallels our life experience. Life is about relationships. We take this to a deep level with the practice of Yoga, the relationship with self being the focus.
The BONUS of being a Yogi (one who practices Yoga) is that the therapeutic benefits of the practice itself ENHANCE our well being!
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All instructors are certified and qualified. A guiding principle at Yoga Tree is non harming. Taking good care of ourselves inside and out. Join us for a unique experience at our studio or in your home, work place or outdoors! We offer private individual and group classes catered to your specific needs.
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WITH LYDIE OMETTO & KERRY FERGUSON
JUNE 13-19, 2021
YOGA & DOLPHIN RETREAT
We invite you to jump in the Journey and ‘Dive into Your True Self’
Lydie Ometto & Kerry Ferguson invite you on this immersion into the heart of YourSelf.
Connecting with the heart-opening energies of the Wild Dolphins, and the power of your inner Yoga, you will bathe in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea as a new born, a new YOU.
This unique Yoga & Dolphin retreat is designed to reset your body-mind & spirit through healthy eating, movement awareness, guided visualization, playfulness, artful expression a