Why I developed YOGATONE 360


After teaching yoga for over twenty years and leading anatomy and safety workshops for teacher training, I was at a crossroads. I love yoga, but my wrist and back weren’t always loving yoga.

So, I came up with a set sequence class (with the help from the 2 hot instructors!) that I feel minimizes the risk of injury to the back, shoulders, and wrist. I want to continue to be able to workout, practice yoga and get it all done feeling balanced and as pain-free as possible.

YogaTone 360 is a well-rounded yoga and toning class appropriate for all levels of yogis.

What you can expect in YOGATONE 360:

40 minutes moving through traditional standing yoga poses where we focus on staying in neutral spine. Stress to the wrists and shoulders is minimal in this section. No vinyasas.

20 minutes of toning with weights and bands that will work the shoulders, gluteal/hip muscles and core in a balanced way. This section has been approved by a physical therapist and is much of what you would do if you had shoulder, back, or knee issues.

Motivating music is very much part of this section.
Don’t worry- we didn’t forget the zen. The last 15 minutes of class is deep breathing and deep opening for the hips, hamstrings, inner thighs, and IT band in a supine position, which is the safest for your back.

What makes this hybrid class different?

Our yoga and toning sections are practiced separately. We believe it’s difficult to focus on safety and form when you are moving back and forth from yoga to toning with weights in your hands- not to mention picking up and setting down the weights throughout class.

We minimize forward folds in our class (no more than 8), and practice how to strengthen the back, and find neutral spine (safest position for discs and ligaments), counteracting all the forward flexion we do in our daily lives.

I regularly meet with physical therapist and respected trainers for feedback and safety so this class can be both preventative and therapeutic…without you even knowing it.


  • I feel better and stronger the more I practice YogaTone360. Because I know what to expect, the more I do it, the more I get into my zone… I'm addicted!
  • OMG! That was so much fun!
  • 100% awesome... polished and intelligent, challenging and fun, everything just right. Like a hot bar/yoga class. But the whole class has the healing inwardness of yoga.


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