About Ayurvedic Yoga Massage
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage combines deep tissue massage with assisted yoga stretches. It takes place on a mat on the floor. Vegetable-based, organic oil and calamus root powder are used. Calamus, an Ayurvedic remedy, creates an exfoliating effect and helps to eliminate toxins and improve circulation.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage improves circulation, breathing and vital energy flow. It can also help to relieve muscle tension and headaches, increase range of motion and flexibility, overcome sleep disturbances, and provide deep relaxation. It may also complement other therapies to overcome mental health challenges (stress, depression, anxiety).
Kosum Modak was taught traditional Ayurvedic massage as practiced in Pune, India. As a student of BKS Iyengar, she discovered the benefits of combining yoga stretches with the massage. She began teaching this holistic massage to others. Ananta Sylvain Girard was Ms. Modak's senior assistant for four years. Ananta began the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, where Dacia was trained.
About Yoga with Dacia
Yoga provides a toolkit to help us explore and connect to ourselves. Dacia’s classes focus on yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation/mind training. Her classes are adaptable to the class’s needs, focusing on one style of asana practice or combining aspects of the three styles in which she has received training—Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin (see below). Most classes include philosophical explorations of yoga or Buddhism and she uses poetry to explore these concepts with the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual body. Classes are taught in English, French or Spanish, depending on class interest or need. Reservations required due to limited space.
Hatha Yoga reflects a broad category of traditional postures combined with breath work. Although most yoga asana practices fall under this category, Dacia uses the term Hatha to refer to traditional yoga poses that are held for longer.
Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga refers to a category of yoga whereby the practitioner flows from one posture to another in synchronization with the breath. Many sequences are derived from the sun salutations and are often vigorous.
Yin Yoga is derived from the Taoist yoga tradition and refers to passive yoga postures, where the practitioner’s body weight and gravity create a gentle, long-held stretch for increasing mobility and flexibility in the connective tissues within their natural range of motion. The invitation to observe the interplay of body and mind in stillness can help make calming the mind and meditation more accessible for some practitioners.