Yoga & Somatics

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Somatics for Wellbeing
Instructor: Kate Gamble & guests
Dates: Thursdays
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10 Class Card. Register here>

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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Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinsons and other Neuromotor Challenges
Instructor: Jennifer Sielicki
Dates: Tuesdays, September 17-November 12, 2019
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Price: $180 for 10 week series. Register here>

The Alexander Technique is an educational approach to improving functional patterns of movement during everyday activities. This ten week course will show people living with Parkinson’s how to choose functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone. This helps increase self-management of physical symptoms and enhances their independence and overall quality of life.

Research suggests that training People living with Parkinson’s in Alexander Technique principles can reduce rigidity and back pain, improve balance, facilitate upright poise, improve sleep, mood and quality of life and that there is a high potential for long term retention of benefits.

Jennifer Sielicki has been a mindful movement educator for 30 years. She has worked in Europe and the US in a variety of ways applying the principles of the AT at every opportunity. She became a certified teacher in 2003 and has maintained a private practice ever since.

For questions or to register, email Jennifer at naturalpoise@gmail.com


Somatics for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers:

Teachers: Kate Gamble, MSPT
Dates: Wednesdays, September 18th- October 9th, 2019
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Price: Drop in $16. Series of 4 -$56

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. 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, improve performance both physically and qualitatively in all aspects of life (sports, arts, work, 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


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Therapeutic Yoga
Instructor: Holle Black
Dates: TBD

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.

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