Guided Deep Relaxation
This class is designed for those who need to deeply relax and restore both body and mind. We’ll begin with a gentle asana (posture) sequence intended to release tension and anxiety, mobilize the joints, increase circulation and energy, and connect body and breath to focus attention. The second half of class will be dedicated to deeply relaxing through the ancient technique of yoga nidra (yogic sleep), which includes a series of guided meditations and visualizations. You’ll leave powerfully restored and refreshed. All levels are welcome.
Yoga for the Trauma Survivor
This weekly drop-in class focuses on restoring serenity in the body, mind and spirit of any person who may have experienced Trauma either personally or vicariously. Class themes, postures, meditations and breath practices will be trauma informed and specific to the needs of trauma survivors. The range of personal experiences and what constitutes trauma is quite broad, but at it's core trauma can be described as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience, or physical injury.
There are no requirements to attend this class; it is open to all who are interested or anyone simply seeking a gentle yoga practice.
Circle of Hope
Circle of Hope Classes are donation based & confidential classes that marry a more traditional supportive, group sharing experience with that of more “classical”, trauma informed yoga class and is specifically designed to be sensitive towards those individuals that have experienced trauma or have struggled with it's effects. These offerings are held at local yoga studios or similar settings, are taught by specially trained Yoga Teachers and are for anyone directly impacted by trauma as well as friends, family members or others that have been vicariously effected.
The suggested donation is $15 and we encourage all individuals to pay what they can afford be it less or more. A portion of the proceeds collected from these groups go to support local not-for-profit agencies providing trauma recovery & related services
Balanced Vinyasa/ Sunrise Vinyasa / Mindful Flow :
These classes are all stylistically similar. Their titles are either reflective of the time that the class begins, such as Sunrise Vinyasa, or of the preferred verbiage of the studio that hosts them. These classes are offered in varying levels, and in some cases 'all levels'. I will always offer modifications and variations for the different needs and abilities in each class. In these classes please expect: time in meditation, visualization and breathe exercises, mindful movement, strength/flexibility building and opportunities to practice arm balances and inversions. There will always be time at the end of class for a full, restorative savasana.
Gentle Flow is an opportunity to move, stretch and breathe without breaking a sweat. Perfect for when you need to unwind and take a less vigorous approach to your practice. In these classes please expect: meditation, breath work and visualization, gentle flowing movement, longer holds in poses and opportunities to practice some restorative postures.
Restoration and healing are essential for any physical practice. In restorative practices the 'rest and digest' part of the nervous system is activated and the body and mind are given permission to relax and recover. Please expect: meditation/visualization, gentle movements, passive stretching and longer stays in certain postures supported with props.