Sybil Gouchie, Certified Yoga Teacher Director AM/PM Yoga Source
Sybil is a certified, experienced yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga since 1990 and teaching yoga throughout Central New York since 1996. She has studied a variety of styles with a focus on Kripalu Yoga and practiced with many experienced Kripalu yoga teachers. Her teaching grew out of her desire to share her passion & experience of yoga with others.
"I am committed to sharing my passion and knowledge of yoga with you, encouraging wellness throughout the community, one person at a time."
I lead a full and busy life, working a full time job in the field of environmental science. I also have a husband, two teenage children, a dog, a cat, and my biological family including a 100 year old grandmother. My life experiences have made my interest in yoga and its expressions varied and diverse with special training and experience in prenatal, mom & baby, children's, family and yoga for seniors, restorative yoga, yoga with weights. I have also completed workshops in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program® for seniors and yoga for prevention of low back pain, yoga ball, and body sculpting.
Life has many stresses and is ever changing. Yoga has helped me through life's ups and downs and has given me a chance to know my true self. I was originally drawn to yoga for its ability to clear and calm my mind. My interest gradually turned to the physical conditioning of yoga and how yoga could make me stronger and more fit. I have a decade of experience in the health & fitness field. I hold certifications in group fitness, personal training, pilates, and indoor cycling. As life keeps going on, I have become more interested in the spiritual aspects of yoga, and focusing on the bigger picture of life to help foster a deep connection with self and the good inside and all around us. Yoga is for everyone. Whether you are young or older, fit or need to get fit, a regular yoga practice will improve your health and well being, making you feel good. The saying "Life is good" can also be translated to "Yoga is good."
I would be honored to help you on your yoga journey.
Namaste (the light of consciousness in me honors the light of consciousness in you).
What to expect at yoga class
Benefits of Yoga - Yoga for beginners
Benefits of Yoga - Intermediate Yoga
Yoga with Weights
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GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA - all levels including beginners and those with limitations
This is a gentle practice benefits the bodies overall health and well-being. Class combines self-care techniques, gentle & supported poses, conscious breathing and meditation. It is appropriate for all students seeking the healing benefits of a very relaxing, gentle and restorative practice. Deep restorative work stretches and opens the body, improves posture, range of motion, and joint mobility. Reduces pain, muscle tension, and the effects of stress. Stimulates the immune system and helps balance the nervous system. Brings relief from fatigue and insomnia and prepares us for a full, restful night's sleep. Students with injuries, arthritis or other chronic conditions, limitations related to age or size as well as students with a more vigorous yoga practice will benefit from this practice. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and blocks will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. A chair can be provided for those who are uncomfortable on the floor (laying poses will be skipped with focus on breath to modify). Balances & grounds us in life.
With Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. I’ve heard an hour of yoga nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep
• improves the quality of your sleep and the amount of your sleep
• reduces your chronic pain suffering
• soothes your autonomic nervous system
• enhances your mental focus and attention span
• improves your creativity and whole brain functioning
• gives you more ease and peace of mind in daily life
• helps create new neural pathways in your brain leading to healthy habits & routines
YOGA SCULPT or YOGA with WEIGHTS - intermediate level
YogaSculpt is a 60 minutes class. Yoga with Weights is a 30 minute class. Both classes will focus is on building functional muscle strength, range of motion and flexibility. Will incorporate light dumb bells, with squats, lunges, pushups, and core conditioning. A variety of posture flows linked with breath (sun salutation vinyasa & moon salutation vinyasa) will challenge body and mind. Heightens body awareness, strength, and endurance. Requires transitioning from pose to pose at a faster pace.
MEDITATION PRACTICE- all levels - 15 minutes
No fee for this 15 minute practice, open to all level. Will introduce a summary of a different type of meditation each week. Meditation is a simple act of being mindful and has been scientifically proven to cause neuroplastic changes in the brain, increasing the gray matter of the brain. When you meditate, you clear away the information overload and mental chatter that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions