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
Tantra Energy Yoga is about restoring and creating greater intimacy and connection -with your self, your own body’s sensations, heart, and spirit, or with a partner and in relationships. It is ultimately about restoring a sense of juiciness and aliveness in all our relationships.
If you feel like you're in a disconnected cycle or simply seeking to integrate greater sense of intimacy and juiciness in your daily life, this coaching may be helpful and transformative for you.
Whether you practice with yourself or with a partner, as your facilitator, I guide you to:
discover & connect with your sacredness energies, your elixir of life, your true essence
understand how to practice consent and healthy boundaries which enable safety, and therefore, true intimacy & connectedness
support you to dissolve and transform barriers/challenges that get in the way of creating healthy emotional, physical, & spiritual intimacy with yourself and others
Because perhaps you have too much shame and guilt associated with your own needs/desires, blocking you from truly living in and caring for your body
Because maybe you disowned pieces of your sensual self to survive
Because perhaps you have a tendency to self-sabotage your body and/or relationships
Because perhaps you learned to protect your heart by building up walls to prevent getting hurt again, diminishing your chances of intimacy with people in your life
Because you learned coping strategies that are not the healthiest for your long-term wholeness and are now creating issues in your adult relationships/life
Because you simply learned to shut off or go numb as a way to cope and move forward in life and now you are too bored/empty
Since early childhood, certain life experiences may have been unbearably confusing/shocking/overwhelming and maybe left your nervous systems feeling dysregulated/traumatized. As a result, you may have begun to survive with a sense of numbness/disconnectedness or other coping mechanisms that no longer serve your today.
It's only by reintegrating your lost self/s and with your essence that you'll be able to truly heal and move past the trauma. You may already know this deep down.
What happens in a tantra energy yoga program?
Tantra yoga is an ancient practice that offers tools and practices that include physical solo and partnered asana, mantra (sound/chant), mudra (hand position), and bandha (energy lock) and chakra (energy center) work that can be used to cultivate strength, clarity, and connection in everyday life. By harnessing and embodying the forces of creativity and transformation, Tantric energy yoga teaches how you may move through the world with more confidence, connectedness, and sacredness.
All Tantra energy yoga coaching sessions are offered in-person only. 1hr or 1.5hrs sessions are available.
Book Sonali for uncensored straight talk about things that hold you back from your highest and deepest intimate capacity.
Sonali specializes in coaching singles and couples through the 'stuck' place, whether that be in your intimate relationship/s, your life situation, or your spiritual practice.