Rebecca

Rebecca received her 200 and 300-hour certification at Longwave Yoga. For many years, Rebecca unintentionally explored yoga by way of ballet and modern dance. After completing a Master’s in English literature and teaching English at the university-level, Rebecca began exploring the expansiveness of yogic studies by way of both physical practice and academic study. Like language and literature, Rebecca found yoga is a vehicle toward one’s personal articulation of what it means to be aware and clear in the world. As a lifelong learner and educator, Rebecca believes that yoga can transform one’s life by recognizing his or her own potential. Rebecca believes there is no one-size-fits-all version of yoga and enjoys witnessing the practice take a personal shape within each person’s life both on and off the mat.


Rebecca instructs the following:
  • Vinyasa l Open
  • Vinyasa classes mindfully unite intention, breath, and movement. This class will offer a well-rounded practice that includes meditation, pranayama, sun salutations, and fluid movement between postures. All levels are welcome, as there will be modifications, specific alignment cues, and options offered throughout class. It is recommended that brand new yogis partake in beginner or basic classes before joining an open-level class.

    Level: Open


  • Vinyasa | Intermediate
  • Vinyasa classes mindfully synchronize intention, breath, and movement. This class will include meditation and pranayama (breath work) to begin, as well as warm-ups and sun salutations that heat the muscles and allow energy to flow more freely. The body will continue to build heat throughout the practice as it flows from one asana (posture) to the next, building physical strength, increasing stamina and reducing stress. The flow-like quality of vinyasa guides the mind into a peaceful and connected place. The pace of the class can vary and each teacher tailors their sequence to their own philosophy, offering diversity and creativity in each class.

    The intermediate class is sequenced for those with an established yoga practice of one year or more (or coming from another discipline that highlights body awareness and mechanics.)

  • Restorative Yoga | Basic
  • Restorative Yoga offers the chance to unwind with a completely passive practice. Fully supported with bolsters, blankets, straps, and blocks, restorative yoga will gently and effortlessly open the body and mind to relaxation. This class is appropriate for all ages and levels, including those with limited mobility or injury. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to set up props and settle in.

    Level: Basic

     

  • Ayurvedic Yoga | Open
  • Ayurvedic Yoga - Season/Dosha Descriptions

    Ayurveda is known as the science of self-healing and longevity. In the practice of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), the Doshas (constitutions) have a yearly cycle, which we experience as the seasons. There are three seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar, which coincide with the conditions of climatic changes. Approximately, in North America, we experience the following cycles:

     


    Kapha - Mid-February through May
    Pitta - June through September
    Vata - October through Mid-February

     

     

    More specifically, in the coastal Carolinas, the primary dosha present in the environment is Kapha, and we must always think of keeping the Kapha dosha in balance. In the Longwave Yoga Ayurvedic class you will be guided in a practice appropriate to pacify the predominate seasonal dosha, while always considering which elements are most dominant in the Wilmington, NC area.

     

    Vata - October through mid-February

     

    Vata is the season which brings rushing air, cool, rough, dry wind, cooling the earth and atmosphere from the fire of Pitta. It is that quality of space that brings in cool, clear, cloudless days of fall. Naturally these changes and qualities in the seasons bring similar changes to our bodies. Vata loves to move and excite, but sometimes that movement can be scattered, which elevates the Vata qualities in the body and mind. When Vata is aggravated, the movement becomes “confused.” We become drier, feel a little spacey, and skin becomes rougher to the touch. If Vata becomes out of balance in our bodies, physiologically we can become dehydrated, our joints have that snap, crackle, and pop effect happen as we begin to move, and emotionally we may feel anxious or forgetful. To pacify, we take slow, steady movement that compresses the colon, large intestine, pelvis, and sacrum. During this time of year, a yoga practice that focuses on calming the nerves and grounding that airy quality can be very beneficial in balancing Vata. The practice may be shorter, but end with a longer, restful savasana so the mind and body have ample time to settle. Poses that are ideal for pacifying Vata dosha are: Bhujangasana, Ustrasana, and Gomukasana.