Yoga, an ancient path to presence calling us to the mat…a practice that moves us toward alignment – body, heart, mind. Attention to breath and sensation attunes us to all that is stifled by rampant distraction, especially our precious feeling landscape and emergent whispers of intuition and insight. Bella offers a unique slant on the somatic aspects of this journey, infused with years of physical therapy experience.
After selling Dreizler Physical Therapy in 2005, I really wanted to continue teaching. And it has been quite the community ride: tender years at Deep that morphed into Yoga Shala; six years of Monday mornings at Yoga Solution; workshops and fundraisers at Yoga Seed; and finally, four fruitful, comfortable and lovingly supported years of classes and workshops at It’s All Yoga. Each studio had its own flavor, unique cadre of students, earnest and well-intentioned owners.
I now work independently but my passion remains the same: teaching students (especially those who want to cultivate an effective home practice) how to grow loose (self-release with balls and rollers); long (re-establishing length in connective tissue and spine); and strong (subtle core stability). These elements are offered in the context of grounded, accessible yoga wisdom and philosophy. A yoga class with Bella is truly a unique experience…don’t miss it!
This testimonial gives a bit of flavor since the way I work with physical therapy patients infuses my teaching:
“After only 3 sessions with Bella (and plenty of practice at home) I am excited and amazed at my progress. After a significant back injury, resulting complications, and chronic pain, my rehabilitation has required a slow very gentle approach, and significant modifications to allow the practices to work for where my body’s ability is at in the moment. Working gently and in modified ways with the roller has given me tremendous relief where I have significant imbalances from the injury. It is an extremely effective tool that I now turn to that relieves pain and brings me back into more balance. A side benefit of working with the roller is that the act of rolling itself has created strength, tone, and agility in my body that I didn’t have when I started.
In addition to working with the roller, the subtle work with psoas has been a HUGE game changer. It has given me a relationship to my core I have never had, although I studied various movement modalities, studied and taught yoga, and been a lifelong dancer and lover of salsa dance. This work is a revolution for my body/mind! For the first time since my injury, I have hope about the prospect of being able to dance again, and perhaps better than ever. That is thrilling!” T.H.