Nancy seems to have the remarkable ability, rare in my experience, of being able to intuit where each student is in their yoga journey and to meet them there. This results in a teaching style that is challenging without being pushy or coercive and seriously instructive without being pedantic. Nancy has a deep understanding of inner as well as outer alignment and she explains often difficult concepts in ways that are both clear and memorable. Compassionate, patient, and nurturing, Nancy is deeply respectful and appreciative of each student’s efforts and abilities.
— J. Devlin
Nancy really understands the physical interplay between yoga practice and one’s body. This is not “New Age” nonsense but rather a solid knowledge about the connection between different poses and their relationship to our bodies. She consistently addresses the differences we exhibit one from another, and within ourselves from day to day, and encourages us to respect these differences and to not subscribe to any models of what is “right” or “wrong.” This allows us to comfortably acknowledge who we are at any given time and, equally important, this allows people of different and various levels of practice to feel comfortable and non-judgmental sharing the same class.
— Sol and Pam Resnikoff
Nancy is a wonderful gift to those of us lucky enough to study with her. Her long experience has equipped her with a profound knowledge of anatomy, as well as a very discerning eye for making minute corrections. There is always much individual attention no matter what the size of the class. Her class pace and choice of poses always works well for a variety of levels: we are all challenged and stretched but never beyond what is possible and safe. She makes us work! The shape of the class is always a good balance between the familiar and less familiar. She keeps a wonderful connection to each of us. Her humor, sensitivity and vital enthusiasm inspire and help create our progress. My yoga practice with Nancy has done wonders for my general flexibility which I’d hoped for, but I did not anticipate that I would also get stronger in arms, legs and torso. It’s been especially helpful for my lower back, relieving aches and building strength.
— John Stewart
stem of the diaphragm
hands to tail, feet to head
engage the core
I’ve heard Nancy say these things again and again. In the beginning, they were just words and phrases; their meanings were found outside or, just possibly, on the surface. With Nancy’s repetition and singular attention to detail, the words started scratching the surface and then found their way inside. With practice, I’m getting to know the stem of my diaphragm. I can converse with my inner arches. I think I can distinguish udiyana from mula bhanda. Mind and body are mingling, integrating. Together we are finding the core. Come join us.
— Jane Smith
I think Nancy is the best yoga teacher I have had in many years of yoga instruction. Her attention to detail and her explanation of the postures and their purpose make the classes interesting, enjoyable and instructive. Now whenever I am in a class with another teacher, I carry Nancy’s voice in my head and I am happy to listen to her patient, humor filled guidance.
— Ann Gifford