Hi! I will be your instructor and am the owner behind Lavender Mat. Yoga became a part of my life when I was 19. I originally came to yoga with the intention to rehab my knee after surgery and the reason I stayed is multifaceted. Many people remark on how yoga changed their lives, so it may sound cliche, but it genuinely true that yoga altered the course of my life.
I have been teaching yoga for the past 8 years and I am incredibly passionate about keeping your body safe during yoga. My second knee surgery was a result of misguided instruction during a yoga class! All too often yoga is instructed instead of taught and instructed yoga is sometimes led too fast, with no option for modification, dangerous transitions, and no alignment adjustment. I make a point of making sure my classes are accessible to all the students present because I believe yoga is intended to be a holistic mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional healing practice, not just a workout for the body.
I am a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, and Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance. I have certifications in Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Kid’s Yoga, Yin Yoga (Deep Stretch), Prenatal Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga and Gentle Yoga (for people w/ disabilities or physical limitations); with specialized training in Chair Yoga, Yoga for the Pelvic Floor, Meditation and Pranayama.
Madison is a wonderful, thorough, yoga instructor. Although I have taken yoga classes numerous times, each time with Madison I learn something new. She is really great at making sure her students use correct form, and to do poses slowly to improve balance. I highly recommend Madison, and especially enjoy her spiritual sayings at the end of each session.
Madison does a great job supporting each individual in their practice and helping them get where they want to go. She makes everyone feel comfortable enough to get out of that comfort zone AND manages to weave in some life lessons here and there.
It’s good for the soul. Madison is very intuitive, sensitive, and all around a great yoga instructor!