All paths lead to yoga. My yoga practice began in 1998 while recovering from a skiing injury. I started taking Yoga classes to help strengthen my knee and in the process found that Yoga offered many other benefits.
I became very interested in learning more about Yoga and how it can positively affect the body and the mind. I wanted to learn more about Iyengar Yoga and completed my course work at the San Francisco Iyengar Institute. I’ve been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 2004. I am a certified Iyengar teacher. I teach Iyengar Yoga because it focuses on the precise alignment of the body. Iyengar yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity. I have studied and trained with the masters BKS Iyengar and Gita Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Joan White, Manuso Manos, and Janet Macleod.
Deborah Lapkin instructs the following:
Iyengar Level 1/2
This class is for beginning and intermediate students who want to start a yoga practice. We will focus on the fundamentals of yoga asana in alignment with the use of props developed by BKS Iyengar. You will learn how to move the body in asana (postures) with connection of body ,mind and breath awareness to take your practice of yoga with mindful respect for the signals and messages your body is sending you..
Iyengar Restorative & Pranayama
Iyengar Restorative & Prananyama integrates the use of props to support the body in a restorative and mindful way. Pranayama, or intentional breath awareness, helps to create space to find depth in each pose as well as nourishes the cells. This is an all levels class. Beginners, injured bodies and pregnant women are all welcome and encouraged!
Iyengar Align & Flow Level 2/3
This class will have a emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of postures and breath control. Props will be used to experience more challenging poses. The development of strength mobility and stability is gained in each asana with complete awareness of body mind and breath connection.
Yoga For Tight People
Non-itimidating and accessible to all, Yoga for Tight People is just as it’s namesake suggests. Great for pro-atheletes, pro-athlete wannabes, weekend warriors and desk jockeys. Suggested for releasing bound muscles as well as congested minds. All levels welcome.
Day to day stress takes it’s toll on our bodies and minds. Restorative classes allow you to replenish the drained parasympathetic nervous system by utilizing supportive tools such as blankets, blocks, blosters and straps. This type of passive stretching makes room for deep, meditative relaxation, leaving you feeling refreshed. Restorative yoga can have the ability to calm our mind and create space for a deep sleep. Expect a quiet and slow practice, staying in each pose for 3-5 minutes.