Sonali Sadequee (RYT 500) has been teaching yoga with joy and spirit since 2002. In 2017 she completed her 500-Hour Purna Yoga certification with Aadil Palkhivala, the founder of College of Purna Yoga. She has also studied Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Tantra energy work, Reiki, Imago Communication, and Ayurvedic foods and lifestyle practices. She loves to intelligently weave all these systems into her class offerings. She creates and supports a gentle environment that invites her students to connect with the wisdom of their hearts. Sonali considers herself a strong and committed lifelong student of yoga and the mystery of life, continually deepening her knowledge of somatic & spiritual exploration.
Sonali brings knowledge of alignment and anatomy, heart-center meditations, Reiki, practical application of yogic philosophy, and nutrition and lifestyle guidance from Ayurveda, Chinese, and Western traditions. For over fifteen years, she has supported students in creating preventive health habits and sustainable self-care lifestyle practices.
She is trained by David Emerson of the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute to bring her students a dynamic yoga journey that holds a gentle, kind, judgement-free, and stigma free class environment that supports the students to reframe their relationship with their bodies and their emotional tendencies through a student-centered and student-driven asana practice. With over ten years experience supporting private clients, Sonali emphasizes safety, mindfulness, and kindness in her classes.
We live in world that can feel very overwhelming emotionally and psychologically. Therefore, this class is for those of us who are looking for better ways build inner capacity and respond better to the hardness of life and our increasingly agitated/irritated/shut-down/numb/overwhelmed/hurt nervous systems.
We will experiment with yoga in a way that is designed to support and help enhance our capacity to respond to the emotional stresses of life with a sense of empowerment, freedom, and dynamic self-awareness.
As overwhelmed/anxious people, we know how much (verbal/emotional/energetic/physical) pain we endure day to day, either directly or indirectly. Additionally, many of us live at the intersections of multiple identities that are attacked/oppressed as people of color/Muslims/LGBTQIA/etc.. Experiencing and witnessing such forms of violations accumulates in our nervous systems and has a way of overwhelming us and disrupting our ability to cope, respond, and function daily.
At a trauma conscious yoga space, you don’t have to worry about being judged or forced to do something or be something that is not aligned with dignity and justice. Join this class if you would like to begin your healing journey in a powerful and supportive way.
A “trauma conscious” yoga class is taught differently from the yoga class we are familiar with in general yoga classes. A typical yoga class may not be comfortable or relaxing to a trauma survivor and in fact may feel dangerous and scary. A trauma survivor can be an adult survivor of childhood abuse, a domestic violence survivor, a survivor of sexual assault, someone who was in a horrible accident, or war veteran dealing with PTSD.
Purna Yoga/Alignment Yoga
Benefits of Purna Yoga:
• Supports the mind, body, emotions and your Spirit
• It creates both strength and flexibility
• Promotes good cardiovascular health
• Helps to create mental clarity and will relieve stress
• Will create an emotional balance
• Connects you awareness to your intuition and wisdom within
• This style is safe for all ages and body types
• Promotes healing from injuries
• Promotes an overall sense of wellness
This class is for those who are newer to yoga and for those who want to deepen their practice of postures. Learn to engage alignment principles that deepen postures powerfully while keeping you safe.
Learn the fundamentals of a beginning yoga practice, enjoy the shapes of the yoga postures as you stretch and strengthen your body. Become familiar with the Sun Salutations called classical Surya Namaskar, Hip Series and The Morning Routine while you release tension along your spine with twisting actions and beginning back bends. Your teacher will share with you what poses may not be appropriate for you if you are working with areas in your body that are healing or you are pregnant/on cycle. You will also learn relaxation techniques and beginning breath awareness called pranayama. Increase self-awareness so that you may establish a sustainable practice.
Purna Yoga is the style of yoga which teaches alignment-based asana, healthy living and heart-centered meditation to help people achieve healing, wholeness, fulfillment of one's life purpose. A regular Purna yoga practice supports an effective and evolutionary relationship to meeting the needs of today’s challenging world.
Awaken the energy-body and activate the chakra system while flowing through a carefully sequenced asana practice. Move through yoga forms, breath-work, and sometimes sounds that purify and reset each individual chakra located along the spine from the root (muladhara) chakra to the crown (Sahasrara) chakra. Transitions seamlessly from one to the next postures while learning about each chakra's individual qualities. Students are introduced to the higher 8th, 9th, and 10th chakras that reside above the physical body after they have completed their first 12 classes. The work in these higher chakras involve a deeper practice of breath-awareness, self-awareness, and meditation. This class is for all levels.
Tantra Energy yoga
Life is filled with moments and relationships that can induce great fear/danger and leave our nervous systems feeling traumatized. Because there's no time to experience all the emotions that you felt during that trauma, you shut them off or go numb to survive.
It's only by un-numbing that you'll be able to truly heal. You have to allow yourself to feel pain, and then move through it to let it go—let go of the rigidity or melt through the hardness so you can become resilient and flexible and not break apart because of your past hurts.
Learn to honor and revive your resilient and sacred nature with Tantric tools. The juicy essence of your innermost being is ever-present, but only becomes fully available to you when you create time and space to nurture and nourish your whole-being deeply and safely.
Tantra Yoga is an ancient practice that offers powerful tools that include physical asana, mantra (sound/chant), mudra (hand position), and bandha (energy lock) and chakra (energy center) work that can used to cultivate strength, clarity, and connection in and with everyday life. By harnessing and embodying the forces of creativity and transformation, Tantric yoga suggests we can move through the world with more confidence, satisfaction, and sacredness.
All Tantra energy yoga coaching sessions are offered in person only.
Book Sonali for uncensored straight talk about the ups, downs, and apparent shadows of your being that hold you back from your highest capacity. Sonali specializes in coaching you (and couples) through the 'stuck' place, whether that be in your intimate relationship/s, your life situation or your spiritual practice.
If you feel like you're in a rut or simply seeking to integrate greater sense of inspiration and juiciness in your evolutionary process, this coaching could be helpful and even transformative for you.