I have always been fascinated by the human body – the way that we move. Movement equals vitality. The desire to move effortlessly and efficiently in my own body is what led me to develop Doris Yoga. Imagine being able to move and do what you love to do for the rest of your life pain-free. That is my goal and the goal for all my students.
After graduating from Tufts University in Massachusetts with a degree in International Relations, I continued my studies in academia and received my Masters in Mass Communications. However, it was when I stepped onto a yoga mat at Foothill College, CA in 1993 that I realized practicing and teaching yoga is my passion and dharma.
Yoga has changed my life through the study of the self. Join me on this yoga journey to rediscover your inner self.
What is Doris Yoga?
Doris Yoga is body awareness and control, actively engaging muscles we may not be accustomed to engaging, strengthening them so we can live pain-free, improve balance, and build a stronger core.
How is Doris Yoga different from other styles of yoga?
Doris Yoga integrates many styles of yoga and disciplines. This stems from her belief that there is only one yoga. Doris yoga focuses on awakening the core stability muscles to bring the body back into its natural alignment to increase body energy and vitality.
Each student’s needs are attended to in a Doris Yoga class. From building strength and range of motion to increasing self-awareness, every student is on their own path. Doris meets her students where they are and guides her students in reaching their full body potential.
What can I expect in a Doris Yoga class?
Alignment: You will experience a strong focus on alignment. From her decades of experience as both a yogi and yoga instructor, she sees that most injuries are caused by misalignment, imbalances, and lack of space leading to compression of the joints.
Stability: You can expect to work on creating balance in the body. Not just the traditional balancing on one or both feet, though. Doris works her students to the core. Practice creating balance between the left and right, front and back, and top and bottom sides of the body, are a big part of a Doris Yoga class.
Strength: As you align and balance your body, you will notice that day to day tasks become easier and there is less pressure on joints, preventing injury or healing past injuries.
Mobility: As the core is strengthened and more stable, you will have more range of motion. You will find that you are able to do more activities with much more ease. Mobility is more than just flexibility as you engage your muscles rather than put pressure on your joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Endurance: With a more activated and engaged core you will find an increased ability to do your day-to-day activities like walking, sitting, standing and other movement activities like running, snowboarding, skiing, golfing, yoga, Pilates, climbing, swimming, tennis, and pickleball.