Abby was dragged along to her first yoga class at the age of 15 by her mother. Little did she know then, but yoga would change her life completely. Abby completed her first 200-Hour Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2008 – with no intention to teach. The Forrest Yoga Foundation Training changed Abby’s life course away from the pursuit of a PhD; she couldn’t leave the connection to spirit and community that yoga awakened within her. Inspired deeply by the practice of yoga, Abby has continued chasing her passion through many additional yoga trainings, including another 200-Hour Training with Natasha Rizopoulos of YogaWorks, and Advanced Teacher Trainings in Rocket Yoga, Forrest Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Abby attended Massage School in 2010 and is a practicing massage therapist and energyworker. She has continued to grow her fascination of the body through multiple bodywork trainings.
In Abby's classes you'll find intelligent sequencing and lots of individual attention and hands-on assists. Abby encourages her students to make deliberate and mindful choices in each moment - to listen & connect to their own inner wisdom through continuous, moment-to-moment self-inquiry. A Teacher's Teacher, Abby wrote, created, and taught her own 200-Hour Teacher Training, and runs Advanced Teacher Trainings in topics like Hands-On Assisting, Functional Anatomy, and Safe Sequencing.
Abby believes that yoga is not only deeply personal practice, but also a community - and that we can help to heal ourselves and others through the practice of yoga. Off the mat, Abby loves to read, cook, and bake, and is mom to three fabulous cats - Kitty Boo, Billy, & Pashmak.
Abby Dobbs instructs the following:
Gentle Yoga I with Meditation
This class is intended for those seeking to build a relationship between the physical practice of yoga postures and the practice of seated meditation. The class is typically book-ended by meditation with about 30-40 minutes of movement in the middle. The meditations are usually breath-focused or gently guided mindfulness meditations. The closing sit (meditation) is longer than the opening meditation. The movement period incorporates warm ups and classical postures targeting the building of strength, stability, balance, and mobility. This class is welcoming of practitioners dealing with prior or current injury, persistent joint pain, osteoporosis, blood pressure management, asthma and any other related conditions. The pace of the class is slow and provides time for personalized modifications and teacher assistance.
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.
Yoga Basics for Beginners: 4 Part Series
Yoga Basics for Beginners: 4 Part Series
Sundays, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th | 12:00-2:00pm
Who should attend
Are you new to yoga, or simply looking to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of yoga philosophy and postures? This workshop is limited to only 12 students so that each person can get more individualized attention. Join Abby Dobbs for this 4-part series where we will break down yoga basics!
What will be taught
Each session will begin with a brief discussion of yoga as a practice – covering the basics of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, history, lineage, and the practice of Yoga. That will be followed by a simple, but powerful, yoga practice, in which we will explore the elements of the basic yoga asanas. We will have time to answer any questions and concerns about each posture - including how to modify the postures to suit each individual's body.
What will be leaned
Expect to learn fundamental Standing, Balancing, and Seated Poses, as well as the important actions in traditional Sun Salutations.
You will leave with an understanding of the alignment goals and actions of basic postures, how to use the breath to deepen your experience, and yogic tools to calm & steady the mind. Please bring yourself, a journal and pen, and a willingness to learn!
*Space is limited! Only 12 spots available.
Slow Flow (Forest Inspired) All Levels
This class is appropriate for all levels of practitioner except the absolute novice.
It focuses on creating a safe space for students to explore their individual, unique yoga practice. Through the use of yoga postures (asana), this class is intelligently sequenced to increase flexibility, strength, and functionality in the muscles and joints of any and every body. Each class includes breathing techniques (pranayama) to relax the nervous system and soften core tension, and mindfulness exercises to increase focus, will power, and clarity.
It is not a heated class; the temperature in the studio is maintained at a comfortable level.