Valley Self-Defense is excited to introduce our yoga instructor, Ian Suiter! Ian comes to us with over 300 hours of Registered Yoga Instructor training and is a Yoga Alliance registered instructor. He'll be joining us twice a week, teaching both restorative and flow yoga.
How did you first get into yoga?
For my mental health. Yoga was in alignment with recovery practices and it allowed me to connect with my own body and my mind and a spirituality that was accessible to me that I hadn’t found in theology.
What has yoga done for you and your life?
Saved it! I don’t know what my life would be without yoga. It got me through medical school, through my first attempt at getting sober, and completing my degree. It is my primary coping skill.
What do you want people to know about yoga or your yoga classes here at Valley Self-Defense?
These classes will be very affirming because for me yoga is about self-compassion and coming home to yourself. This is not a space for shame. Period.
Restorative classes will be focused on ideas of surrender, acceptance, leaning into one’s edges with grace and self-compassion. We will be mindful of the breath and the body as we hold poses for 2-5 minutes, primarily on the ground. Flow will be more like Hatha yoga, which is a branch of Ashtanga, where yoga poses are held in sequence with inhales and exhales with inhales focusing on expansion and exhales focuses on retracting.
Join Ian for restorative yoga on Tuesdays at 7:30pm and flow yoga on Fridays at 9:00am!
Owner Lee is not a huge fan of Krav Maga, but her experience with Krav Maga was pivotal in her journey to healing after trauma. Learn more about her story and how she decided to heal at her own pace.
Krav Maga near me? There is! If you're looking for a Krav Maga class near you, Valley Self-Defense is a proud member of the International Krav Maga Federation with schools located across the United States. To find a school near you, visit the IKMF USA website.