I focus my classes on the union between movement, breath and the mind body connection to help students gain a deeper awareness of their bodies. I use purposeful poses within creative sequences to bring breadth and depth of movement to each class. My teaching practice pulls from a variety of traditions and will calm but also warm the body. I always sprinkle a meditative element on top of each experience that I help to facilitate in the studio. My goal is to bring lightness to the yoga class, both in practice and in personality and atmosphere.
I create a space where yoga lovers of all levels can explore their personal practice in a comfortable, safe and open way. I aim to teach in a way that encourages, supports and maybe even inspires something within.
Jessica (Dhara) is a certified Integral Yoga teacher who works with entrepreneurs, activists, and other positive changemakers to improve and balance their lives through yoga. She is a seeker, writer and activist who burned out after spending a third of her life working in the education and nonprofit sectors, then began to find her way back to personal sustainability through her yoga practice. She believes wholeheartedly that we must nurture and care for ourselves first, so that we might fully serve the rest of the world. You are invited to learn more at rebel-yogi.com
Jayme Siet, OTR/L, MOT, is trained in the teachings of Swami Sivananda. In 2009, she spent 3 months living at the Sivananda ashram, where she adhered to a strict yogic lifestyle and studied the traditional Eastern yogic traditions, based on Vendata (Vedic) philosophy. A major focus of her practice is to stress the mind and body connection, giving time and attention to open both the mental and physical aspects of the body through yoga practice. She is also a licensed practicing occupational therapist, and Jayme brings a skillful knowledge of the body when guiding one’s practice, while making appropriate adaptations that honor the unique differences each of our physical bodies hold. A focus of her yoga routine (and personal philosophy) is to cultivate mindfulness and invite in life’s positivite energy throughout one’s practice for the mind, body and spirit, as well as honoring their connection within each individual. Jayme has taught in a variety of environments ranging from rehabilitation facilities, wilderness theraputics programs, and yoga studios throughout Colorado. She has transitioned to Charlottesville, VA and is excited to be welcomed in sharing her practice with the Open Heart yoga community.
“Bio-energy is in nature and it surrounds us and it is available to everyone,” says Bozena.As an energy healer, she channels the energy to the other person when they have agreed to accept this energy.
Bioenergy is a natural way of healing. It’s an energy that surrounds us. It exists in nature. This intelligent energy knows where to flow in the body to heal it. Bioenergy can also be sent long-distance to someone who needs healing but isn’t able to be with the healer in person, and may aid in reducing morning sickness in pregnant women.
When Bozena La Pierre was still in school, people liked to be near her because they felt good in her presence. For years, she has used her healing energy to help people who were sick or in pain. She moved to USA from Poland 30 years ago, and has continued to practice here, helping many people to alleviate pain and address a wide variety of maladies.
In a healing session, Bozena holds her hands (without touching) over the seven energy centers, also known as chakras, which are located along the spine.The healing energy is transmitted through her hands.
The receiver may feel warmth, cold or tingling in the areas below herhands. There is also a sense of deep calm and stillness.The receiver is fully clothed sitting in a comfortable position.
Dr. Marlice Vonck actively promotes health and well-being in humans and animals through different venues. She is a Certified Medical Qigong instructor, a licensed Holistic Veterinarian as well as Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her philosophy is to empower people to become guardians of their own health (and that of their animals) by engaging in mind-body-soul practices, cultivating a sound mindset based on self-love and the use of natural remedies. She strongly feels healing is possible for everyone if the root cause of dis-ease is addressed and the ultimate goal is Thriving health for all living beings and the planet.
I am always inspired and touched by the people who are new to yoga practice and are looking to incorporate it into their lives. We all are wanting more wellbeing in our lives and yoga has so many benefits on all levels; physical,mental and spiritual.
Offering daily yoga and meditation classes to the Charlottesville Community.
You’re invited to try our classes in yoga and meditation. You can also experience energy healing sessions. You can even learn new eating habits that will last a lifetime. There’s something for everyone here, from beginners to advanced practitioners.
Open Heart Yoga Center is more than a yoga studio. It’s a place for community, where we offer a variety of practices designed to open the heart and create the feeling well-being. Our classes are an engaging alternative (or addition) to other forms of exercise and relaxation.
Every yoga class ends with Savasana. That’s when we lay down on the back.The eyes are closed, arms slightly away from the body, palms up, feet relaxed to the sides, legs hip width apart.We may use eye pillows to block the light and use of the blanket is recommended for warmth.
Because our culture greatly honors “doing” while minimally honoring “being,” Savasana may be the most difficult pose.
Stress is now an expected aspect of our life.The opposite of stress is rest.Rest is a deliberate attempt to be still and it is as important as walking, sleeping, nutrition and exercise.
When we lie down on the physical level, we experience the least muscular effort.Contact with the firmness of the ground can be experienced as supportive and nurturing.
On the mental level we may have thoughts arising and they prevent us from deeply relaxing.We learn to observe our thoughts, letting them pass, realizing that they are produced by our neurology but they are not our deepest identity.We are not our thoughts.
In Savasana we may fall asleep, but over time we learn to hover at the state of relaxation.
That’s where the great benefit of Savasana lays: to deeply relax.