Join us for a little chat with Caitlin, one of our yoga instructors in SF! We sat down with Caitlin to find out a bit more about her and her classes!
Who are you? What do you teach? Emphasis on a specific type of yoga?
I’m Caitlin Talbot and I teach Restorative/Yin at Planet Granite on Wednesday nights. I also have taught Foundations.
What benefits can Foundations and Yin/Restorativelead to if done routinely?
Since the members of Planet Granite tend to already be on the fit and active end of the spectrum, the Yoga Foundations class will help these students to increase a deeper connection to their breath, awareness, moving with ease and flexibility as well as establishing mental focus and a larger sense of well being. The Restorative/Yin class is especially helpful for those who want to increase their range of motion and enter a meditative space of deep physical awareness and letting go. Especially beneficial for those of us who tend to have fast-paced lives and don’t always take the time to slow down and unwind.
How do you keep your yogis motivated during class?
I offer a constant flow or thread to my classes that help students stay in the practice. Even in classes where poses may be held for longer periods of time, like Yin and Restorative, there is an underlying rhythm to the class, linked to the breath, that helps students stay motivated. I like helping individuals witness how much they are capable of and to discover their own, inner-teacher’s voice to help guide them well after they have left the yoga class.
What experience should a yogi have before coming to your class for the first time?
I welcome all levels, including beginning & returning students, those with injuries, pre and post-natal.
Favorite pose or stretch? Why? (challenging, works specific muscles, great for climbers… etc.)
Savasana! The final resting pose of a yoga class is the culmination of all of the poses and in this pose we get to experience all of the benefits of the poses we have practiced in class- from twists to inversions, arm balances and back bends. Really, every pose is my favorite pose because each pose informs me about something I am either excited to practice or resisting, so each pose is a teacher.
Thanks for chatting with us, Caitlin!