Courtney

I took my first Power Yoga class in 2009 when I was living in Indiana, and like so many I was only motivated by the physical benefits of Yoga. My practice was sporadic for the next several years, popping into a class every couple of months and streaming online videos at home. Life then took a turn and I relocated to North Carolina. Moving away from my home, family, and friends, I began seeking new connections. I started taking classes regularly in Wilmington at several different studios, and fell in love with yoga. On the mat, I felt empowered, and I discovered something new about myself with every class I took. I learned to cultivate practices to center my mind, physically challenge my body, and exercise true self-love. In early 2016, I decided I wanted to take a 200 Hour Teacher Training, and that is when I found Longwave Yoga. After my first class at Longwave, I knew this was the studio I was supposed to enroll with. In December 2016, I graduated the 200HR Yogic Studies and Teacher Training, under the tutelage of Lexi Hawks and Mary Glackmeyer.

Since my training I have found a love for teaching. Yoga has proven to be a vehicle to serve and connect with others while sharing my passion for wellness. When you attend my class, I strive to offer space to “Let Go” and enjoy your journey on the mat. I promise to offer guidance and understanding, always encouraging students to acknowledge their intuition and innate knowledge of their body.



Courtney instructs the following:
  • 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 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.

     


  • Beginner Yoga | Basic
  • Beginner Yoga introduces the families of asana (poses) with emphasis on alignment. This class is playful, conversational, and supportive, while allowing the practitioner to cultivate a strong connection to the mind, body, and breath. Beginner Yoga is appropriate for brand new yogis, those who have injuries, or practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of alignment.

    Level: Basic
     
     

  • Reggae Yoga | Open
  • Reggae Yoga celebrates music and movement with an all-levels, feel-good Vinyasa Flow set to a fun and upbeat Reggae playlist. The rhythm of Reggae music is based on the heartbeat and carries a message of peace, love and unity. Experience these positive vibes in your yoga practice; enjoy music and movement with community, while connecting mind, body, and spirit. You will leave class feeling high on life!
     
    Level: Open