Our Hatha Yoga classes offer a traditional practice at a moderate pace. Emphasis is placed on gaining proficiency in poses by strengthening exercises and deep stretching. Careful attention is given to alignment and finding proper variations so students of all levels can progress – achieving balance, stability and ease.
Hatha Yoga also teaches breathing techniques from proper diaphragmatic breath to more advanced pranayama. Working with the breath enlivens energy and soothes the nervous system.
Each class also includes a guided relaxation and meditation training.
Yoga is foundational to Darlene's life. She was introduced to yoga in her late teens and has practiced intermittently until moving back to Buffalo in 2009. there, she found Rising Sun Yoga and strengthened her practice with regular classes and workshops. In January 2014, she completed "Kidding Around Yoga" training and began implementing yoga postures, breathing and relaxation into everyday instruction of her young students in Pre-Kindergarten.
With a desire to continue growing and learning yoga, she completed a 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program at Rising Sun Yoga in March 2015 and Bryan Legere’s Rope Wall Yoga program in September 2016.
She teaches Yoga in the Park (summers), Rope Wall Yoga and substitute teaches at Rising Sun Yoga. Teaching children yoga continues to be a priority with weekly classes at Rattles to Reading Day Care and Pre-Kindergarten, ages 1-4 during the school year, and ages 2-12 during the summer.
She looks forward to communicating the lifelong benefits of yoga to others through teaching and example while continuing to strengthen her personal practice.