~ Yoga Instructor/ Pilates Instructor
Barbara began practicing yoga in 1995. Seeking to deepen her practice and delve into the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga, she took a leap of faith and entered a teacher training program led by Corina Benner at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. She received her 250-hour yoga teacher certification in 2004. In 2005, Barbara studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and received her certification in Restorative Yoga. In 2006, she returned to Wake Up Yoga and completed her certification to teach Yin Yoga.
Additionally, Barbara has attended workshops with Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, David Williams, an John Friend. Barbara’s classes focus on building strength, examining the rhythm of breath and finding stillness during fluid movement.
Barbara completed Pilates Mat training with IM=X in 2008 and Pilates Reformer training levels I, II and III with Balanced Body University in 2009.
Barbara Richardson instructs the following:
Yin Yoga: All Level
All Levels Welcome
Yin Yoga postures are floor-based and are held for longer periods of time (generally 3-6 minutes). Deep stretching and lengthening help increase circulation to the joints and promote flexibility throughout your body. Breath is linked with the postures to help sink deeply into the poses and let go of any stress your body may be holding. You will learn to breath through discomfort and find peace within the poses.
- Everyone! This practice is a healthy option for students of all levels and ages.
Classic Hatha: Level I/II
All Levels Welcome
Hatha yoga provides students with a safe and supportive environment to explore optimal physical alignment in yoga poses. Students will move slowly and mindfully, deepening their understanding of poses while quieting the mind through this breath focused practice. Because this style has less weight bearing activity for the upper body it is perfect for students who are newer to yoga or recovering from upper body injuries.
- Brand new beginners.
- Students healing from an injury or with an injury.
- Intermediate students deepening current practice with alignment work.
- Pilates and Barre students adding a supporting practice.