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Chair Yoga & You!
Taught by Mariann Weed
Begins June 4, Thursdays 11:30-12:30

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There are many people who are intrigued by yoga and all it’s benefits, but unable to practice yoga on a mat due to mobility issues, poor balance, chronic illness,  advanced age or previous injuries. Those recovering from surgery, or weakened by a serious illness and ensuing treatments; those who have had a mental or emotional trauma or suffered abuse sometimes feel too vulnerable down on a mat.

There are a myriad of reasons for choosing chair yoga. There is no reason why one cannot get the same benefits of yoga by practicing sitting in a chair, or with the support of a chair. Chair yoga can create a balance between breath, the body and the mind. It can increase flexibility, strength, improved awareness, calmness and concentration. Just like traditional yoga, chair yoga can improve circulation, stimulates some hormonal and immune systems. In the last decade, the medical community and mental health professionals worldwide have begun to acknowledge the benefits of yoga, and recommend yoga to their patients.

What does Chair Yoga look like?

We begin by sitting in a straight back chair with a mat underneath it for safety. We ‘center’ ourselves, bring our awareness to the breath and open ourselves up to the practice. We may set an intention for our practice that day. We then spend a few minutes exploring and practicing correct yoga breathing. We then do some warm up movements and stretches. Next, we begin practicing various chair yoga postures or ‘asana’ and ‘flows’ influenced by TriYoga.  Aligning our movement with the breath are encouraged throughout the practice. Options for individual adaptions are offered and demonstrated throughout the session, in order to tailor chair yoga to the individuals needs. Smiles are encouraged! We close class with a deep guided relaxation to absorb the benefits of our practice and honor each other with ‘Namaste’.

 

~Conscious Menopause Circle~

with Ashley Ross

Tuesdays 7:15-9:15 pm
July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18
Register Here

Conscious Menopause ImageThe Conscious Menopause Circle is not only for women suffering from a torrential perimenopause. It’s for anyone wanting to experience a transitional time in a circle of respectful, compassionate and no-nonsense women. Maybe this just what you’ve been looking for.

These Circles are for you if you’d like to reap the benefits of moving consciously through The Change.

~ If you’d like to do that with confidence and curiosity instead of with fear;
~ If you’re curious about these deep and life-affirming changes that are happening;
~ If you are a woman in your midlife (35-60) and feel CHANGE stirring in your blood;
~ If you’d like to know how to take care of your body as you move into a healthy, sustaining second half of your life;
~ If this is you, you have a place in our Circle.

Ashley is a holistic reproductive health practitioner, somatic counselor, teacher and author. She is in private practice in San Rafael, where she consults with women seeking holistic support as they balance their hormones naturally – at any stage of their life cycle. Ashley’s passion is offering a welcoming, exploratory and creative COLLECTIVE inquiry into each of our own personal journey. You can read more about her at http://www.ashleyjeanneross.com/

 

 

 

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