Did you know that we have a Physical Therapist at Evolve? Meet Meghan Nelson- mother, yoga teacher, Doctor of Physical Therapy, small business owner. You can book physical therapy appointments with Meghan and meet at Evolve for an assessment and recommendations that align with your yoga practice. Bonus: Meghan is furthering her education into the world of yoga with a Professional Yoga Therapist training, so your recommendations and treatment plan can include yoga practices!
Interested in learning more about Meghan? Read on, then get in touch!
When you’re not teaching yoga or working as a physical therapist, what do you fill your time with?
Family: I’ve been married to Ryan for 13 years. We have 3 kids: Liam 6, Nolan 5, Sawyer 2 and a black lab/Rottweiller mix, Bear. I love spending time with my children and family- brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, parents, cousins. You can also find me taking care of house plants and being outdoors- camping, hiking, going for walks, running, and simply grounding. I love the feel of the earth- dirt or grass under my feet, it is so therapeutic. I love traveling, learning and being immersed into other cultures, and eating different ethnic food.
What part of your yoga journey was the most transformational for you?
I was first introduced to yoga as a child and then had done yoga on and off for years, really just enjoying the physical practice and benefits that come with the total body stretching and strengthening. I feel that it was when I first came to Erin’s class at Evolve (East) that I began to find more of that emotional, spiritual and energetic transformation that comes with practicing yoga through the breath work and meditation.
It was after the birth of my 3 rd child, Sawyer, who was born with an extra chromosome when my journey began as a yoga teacher. Since then, it has been my focus and passion to help make yoga accessible for everyone.
What can students expect to experience in your classes?
All of my classes consist of breath work, meditation, mindful movement and ends in a relaxation pose, savasana.
In Vindalini, they can expect a high intensity vinyasa and kundalini fusion class begins with the chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo “I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within.” There will be meditation, often incorporated with a mudra during the meditation to help channel the body’s energy flow. We will explore the energetic body as be practice different physical movements and kriyas to bring about certain energetic shifts and changes throughout our subtle body. We often focus on a specific chakra, or energy center to help bring balance to areas where we may be stuck. We may even focus on our aura, and building this electromagnetic shield to protect us from all negativities. There is a variety of different breath exercises which are performed. A favorite of mine is breath of fire- to help burn away any obstacles and release toxins.
In Chair yoga, class always begins seated in the chair just connecting to the present moment with a breathing exercise. We will move through mindful flow of connecting our breath with movement as we move the spine in all directions and stretch through upper and lower extremities. We will progress to performing standing poses, using the chair to modify more traditional poses that are performed on the floor. We will incorporate some balancing poses in a safe and controlled setting to help train all of the body’s balance systems. There is only the option of coming down onto the ground at the end for savasana, or the final relaxation pose can be done seated in the chair. Perfect class for those who have more difficulty getting down and back up from the floor.
What do you hope your students take away from your classes?
I hope that my students are able to come to class and be fully present, aware and focused in the now and aware of their breath. If that can occur, I know that these students will find a release of their daily stresses and frustrations, and find a sense of peace and joy. The physical practice is wonderful and I hope that they find both stretching and strengthing, but I really hope that they find more of a connection with their energetic and spiritual being.
What are you currently exploring and learning about in your own yoga practice?
I love diving deeper and deeper into the subtle and energetic body- chakras, koshas, nadis, etc. I have had extensive background, education, and training on anatomy and physiology and that is what always was so clear with me. Now that I have learned more about the subtle body, I find it fascinating how much it interweaves and relates with the physical body and just how it is as much a part of our complete being as the physical part.
CONNECT WITH MEGHAN
You can learn more about Meghan’s business, Lumin Therapy, here. You can also reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org