Yoga & Somatics


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Find YOUR Flow Yoga
Instructor: Emily Anderson
Date: Mondays
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: $20 drop-in, $160 for a 10-class card. Register here>

This fast-paced flow yoga class is firmly grounded by an informed biomechanical approach.  Students will focus on linking conscious breath and anatomical awareness with vigorous and mindful flow to build strength, flexibility and concentration.  Each class is rooted in sun salutation, but varies based on the day's movement concept.  Rockin' music and inversion progressions are a part of every vinyasa experience in this class.

For questions, email Emily at YoginiAnderson@gmail.com


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Therapeutic Yoga
Instructor: Holle Black
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30 -6:30pm
Cost:  $18 drop in, $160 for 10-class card. Register here>

This yoga class works with the common musculoskeletal imbalances that occur with pain and injury. Postures are chosen based on the student’s in the class as well as the understanding of these common imbalances. Props and modifications are used to help all students experience the healing potential in each posture. Pranayama and meditation will be included to work with the nervous system and to help with pain, anxiety and depression. This class is geared towards students with injury, chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression.

All levels welcome. 

Holle is a C-IAYT, and  E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited.

For more information, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net


Somatics for Wellbeing
Instructor: Kate Gamble & guests
Date: Thursdays, May 16, 23, 30 & June 6
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: $16 drop in, $56 for series of 4

Somatic practices use your internal awareness—through proprioception, interoception, kinesthetic awareness,etc.—to bring awareness to both habits and potential new choices you have in moving and embodying your life. Somatic learning can make the unconscious conscious, and in the process leaves you with more options for moving, acting, thinking, and living. It maximizes not just your physical body but your full human potential. The processes of working this way allows your own nervous system to recalibrate and for there to be lasting change that comes from a deep inner awareness of how you move.  Somatics can be used to relieve pain, manage stress, and improve performance both physically and qualitatively in all aspects of life (sports, arts, work, and play). One has the opportunity to find greater ease and pleasure in your movement and life. No experience necessary.

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself. “

Moshe Feldenkrais

For questions or to register, email Kate at opendoorwrj@gmail.com


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Gentlemen’s Yoga
Instructor: Britton Mann
Date: Fridays
Time: 12-1pm
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10-class card. Register here>

Inflexibility is a virtue in this class. Athletileisure clothing or yoga-specific pants not required. Sense of humor and/or ability to make light of one’s own shortcomings and short hamstrings is a pre-requisite. Classes range from quiet and meditative to moderately spirited.

Britton has been sharing his understanding of various yoga and other movement arts for 16 years.

For questions, email Britton at brittonmann@gmail.com


Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement®

Cultivate Resilience and an Appetite for Life with Awareness through Movement®
Instructor: Frauke Voss
Dates:
Wednesday, May 29- 1:30-3:30pm- Flexible Chest Part I
Saturday, June 1- 1-3pmpm- TMJ - Mouth and Jaw workshop
Monday, June 3- 9:30-11:30am- Flexible Chest Part II
Price: $60 per session, $150 for series of 3

TMJ - Mouth and Jaw workshop
The mouth and tongue are central to our learning as infants, and I thought it might be useful to revisit this central role with regards to the organization of our mouth and jaw, and the impact it has on our whole self.

 Some people suffer from jaw pain or grind their teeth, and they might be interested to learn how to adopt healthier muscular habits. It is also very interesting to learn how the organization of the mouth reflects our emotional states. As we know, emotional states are represented in the muscular organization throughout our selves.

 We will look at the relationship of mouth/jaw and neck and shoulders (restricted jaw function leads to neck and shoulder pain); interaction of jaw and eyes; mouth and jaw relating to the spine, and finally pelvis and jaw connection.

 You will learn that whatever goes on in the mouth and jaw is reflected throughout ourselves and has consequences for our relationship to gravity.

Flexible Chest Part I & II

In English the chest is referred to as “the rib cage”, a most unfortunate term that evokes a confined and confining structure. How can we free ourselves from this constricting “cage” notion, so that we are no longer welded to the idea that we are held captive by an unyielding part of ourselves.

It is much more helpful to view the chest - or “rib basket” - as a dynamic, adaptive structure that changes according to the demands of our actions. Without this ability to adapt we would struggle with stability, balance, fluid gait, flexibility, etc. Shoulder issues would be a constant, since the “cage” does not support arm and shoulder movements. Our health would be compromised because the breath would be shallow. And how about that pain in the neck...!

Our vision would be restricted. etc., etc. In other words, the concept of a “cage” is not functional, and sadly many of us are saddled with this idea, especially as we get older. How very depressing!

 In this workshop we will explore the notion of a flexible chest as a precondition for the integrated functioning of our neck, shoulder girdle, hip joints, flexibility, stability, balance, etc., etc.

Do join me for this dynamic exploration of possibilities to improved functioning and health.

Please dress comfortably, if you plan to attend.

For questions or to register, email Frauke at frauke.voss@sympatico.ca