Sandy began practicing yoga in 2001 as part of physical therapy after a bicycle accident. She has studied both Iyengar and vinyasa styles of yoga and has found a comfortable blend of the two in her teaching. Sandy has completed two 200 hour teacher trainings; her first with Hot Yoga USA in 2005 her most recent with Max Strom in 2015 and is ERYT certified. She has studied with Annie Carpenter, Erich Schiffman, Jamie Elmer, David Keil, Leslie Kaminoff, and Doug Keller. Sandy has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She lives in Chevy Chase with her supportive, loving, and understanding husband of 44 years who makes her laugh at least once a day. Visit Sandy's website at www.sandykavalieryoga.com. Sandy’s level 2/3 class is designed for students who have a consistent practice. The class is a breath-initiated, alignment based, slow flow sprinkled with opportunities to learn and practice arm balances and increase core strength. Sandy offers both modifications and challenges throughout class. With a strong understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, Sandy breaks down the poses into understandable, attainable actions. Understanding the actions of the poses makes the practice interesting, fun, and safe. Sandy emphasizes a sense of adventure and encourages her students to respect their limits and be patient as they grow their practice with care, over time. Each class includes time at the wall dedicated to explore arm balances or take a rest. The class ends with floor-time to stretch it all out. Students will leave class feeling both energized and calm.
Sandy Kavalier instructs the following:
As a level II/III Vinyasa class students will be guided to self awareness through breath awareness and through breath awareness to finding a perfect balance between ease and effort, strength and graceful flow. This class is geared to regular, serious and knowledgable students and will include a variety of Sun Salutations, standing poses, balances, arm balances, inversions, backbends, forward bends,hip openers, twists, supine positions and savasana. You will receive a thorough awakening of strength, vitality, range of motion, centered, grounded mental emotional state and enhanced self awareness. Challenging sequences will build upon one another leading you into new and invigorating edge while encouraged to maintain poise and equanimity throughout.
The studio temperature will be adjusted depending on outside weather conditions to suit the comfort level of students and to optimize the benefits of the practice.