Yoga for You: Custom Designed Yoga Practice via Skype

Yoga for You: Custom Designed Yoga Practice

via Skype or in person

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Developing your own yoga practice to do at home is a perfect if:

  • you go to yoga, and you’d like to practice at home but don’t know where to start
  • you don’t go to yoga class because you feel like you don’t have enough time for class
  • you want an efficient tool to feel better day-to-day
  • you want to work at your own pace
  • Although I offer 1:1 private lessons, this is a one time 1:1 consultation from which I will design a custom practice for you to do on your own.

My own yoga practice over the past fifteen or more years has helped me weather acute injury, chronic illness, and more. I’ve taught yoga for over eight years, and my experience includes many approaches to yoga as well as general fitness and anatomical knowledge. I have a passion for adapting yoga to suit individual needs and I’m confident we can create a satisfying, beneficial practice for you that fits your lifestyle.

How it works: 

  • A one-hour Skype (or in-person) consultation.

This consultation will include: 

  • A discussion about what you'd like to get from your personal yoga practice
  • An understanding of physical limitations
  • Working together to identify poses and sequences that you'd like to incorporate into your practice.

I will follow up with plans for a 20-30 minute yoga practice that you will be excited to do on your own. This will include: 

  • A PDF via email of the sequence we created together.
  • One follow up email, two weeks after our consultation. I will make additional suggestions/modifications if necessary and cheer you on in your home practice.

To reserve an appointment, contact me for more information.


I will help you create a yoga practice to use as a warm-up, finishing practice, or both, to accompany your dance practice.

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Benefits of yoga for belly dancers:

  • Prevent injury by properly preparing body and mind for dance
  • Compensate for wear and tear on low back and hips
  • Develop integrated movement, especially along the spine and torso
  • Improve focus for performance
  • More ease in improvisation

Custom Yoga for Belly Dance Practice:

  • A one-hour Skype (or in-person) consultation.
  • Discussion of your dance goals and how yoga might support your dance practice.
  • Plans for a yoga-based practice to complement your belly dancing.
  • A PDF via email of the sequence we created together.
  • One follow up email, two weeks after our consultation. I will make additional suggestions/modifications if necessary and cheer you ON! 

To reserve an appointment, contact me for more information.


2017 LifePower Yoga Teacher Training with Flissy & Jessie

Registration now open!

LifePower Yoga Teacher Training

with Flissy Saucier & Jessie Kates

at Life Time Athletic Columbia, MD

January – June 2017

Early Bird Discount: Save $100 when you register by 12/15
Contact me for scholarship information!

Register online

LifePower Yoga Teacher Training honors the ancient lineage of yoga and paves the way for creative vinyasa practice and developing your own personal expression. You will learn how to teach a short form Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, LifePower signature vinyasa classes, as well as yin yoga and meditation. You’ll do all this while building great relationships with fellow yogis in an immersive environment. Each time we meet, we will do a yoga practice together, and then move into discussion and practical exercises. 

In addition to the training hours, there will be homework such as daily journal of practices, attending and observing yoga classes, and reading assignments. You can make up three missed sessions by completing extra assignments. All these things are to help immerse you in the experience and get the most you can out of our time together. No grades! Upon completion, you will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200, which is the standard for yoga teachers.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I'd love to chat with you!

NEW extended schedule

January 3rd – June 30th
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month: 5:30 – 9:30 PM
1st Weekend of each month: 
Friday 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Cost: $3,495 (non-member) or $3,195 (member)
Payment plans are available (4 installments)
Pay in full in advance and receive a $300 discount.  
Additional Early Bird $100 Discount if you register by December 15th
Scholarship opportunities available. Contact me for more information.


8 Elements Datura Style Teacher! What does that mean?

Rachel Brice & Me at Transmission Graduation

Rachel Brice & Me at Transmission Graduation

I recently received my 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher Certification from my teacher, Rachel Brice, and I want to share with you what exactly that means! This certification represents over 250 hours of belly dance study over the last four years. It's been a long process and I've constantly been incorporating what I've been learning into how I dance and how I teach, so the piece of paper doesn't make a big difference from this week to next week's classes.

The exciting thing is that I can now officially share with you the tools and techniques that have been so profoundly helpful to me! I'm super excited about that. The 8 Elements Approach has breathed new life into my dance and my approach to practice. I'm confident that this approach will lead to longevity in dance because of the emphasis on healthy biomechanics as well as the development of a positive mindset and supportive community.

Here's a summary from my teacher, Rachel's, website: "Achieving the 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher Certification means these dancers have learned to teach Datura Style Technique® (Rachel Brice's approach to Fusion Belly Dance), Datura steps and combinations, and principles and sequences for a healthy dance practice in a classroom or workshop setting."

Datura Style is a fusion style of belly dance that incorporates influences from American Tribal Style® belly dance, Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour, as well as Rachel Brice's signature stylizations derived from her study from other teachers and personal practice.

Joanna, Sahra, and me working on lesson plans at Datura

Joanna, Sahra, and me working on lesson plans at Datura

Part of what's important to me as an 8 Elements Teacher is an emphasis on growth mindset and positive framing. Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the sheer joy and satisfaction of moving their own body freely, and I'm here to facilitate that experience for you. There are 8 Elements Teachers all over the world ready to help you if you're not local to me! Find one near you!

Next week we'll work on the fundamentals of Datura Style Technique, which will give you two technique practices to keep your isolations on point, and after that 8-week series, we'll dig in to some super fun Datura Style combinations which you can plug into group improv or use in your own choreography.

Here's a taste of the Datura Style aesthetic. Pretty awesome, right?

Vinyasa Yoga Playlist: David Bowie

A yoga tribute to David Bowie, because we need to celebrate artists and nurture our inner weirdo.

Link to iTunes playlist

1. Starman / Mates of State 3:51
2. Sound and Vision / David Bowie 3:05
3. Golden Years (Single Version) / David Bowie 3:30
4. Fame / David Bowie 4:15
5. Heroes (Single Version) / David Bowie 3:37
6. The Man Who Sold the World (Live) / Nirvana 3:47
7. Something in the Air / David Bowie 5:46
8. Tonight (with Tina Turner) / David Bowie 3:46
9. Stay / David Bowie 6:15
10. Speed of Life / David Bowie 2:47
11. Under Pressure / Queen & David Bowie 4:06
12. Let's Dance (Single Version) / David Bowie 4:05
13. Dancing In the Street / David Bowie & Mick Jagger 3:25
14. Changes / David Bowie 3:35
15. Space Oddity / David Bowie 5:16
16. Let's Dance / M. Ward 5:00
17. Life On Mars? / Seu Jorge 3:25
18. Weightless, Pt. 1 / Marconi Union 8:07

Yin Yoga Playlist: Downtempo

Slow, chill electronica for yin yoga and deep relaxation. Bonus ambient sounds from Jupiter. Sounds like OM, eh?

link to iTunes playlist

  1. Elegy / Tycho 4:24
  2. Weightless, Pt. 1 / Marconi Union 8:07
  3. Electra / Airstream 6:12
  4. Mellomaniac (Chillout Mix) / DJ Shah 5:39 5. Miss You / Trentemøller 4:08
  5. Kalypso / Sorrow 4:12
  6. Slow It Down / Radio Laria 10:57
  7. Golden Om / Steve Gold 7:02
  8. Nasa - Jupiter / NASA 31:13