I teach just a few drop-in yoga classes each week:
- Mondays 7:45-9 pm, Yin/Yang, All levels, Kali Yoga
- Tuesdays 4-5 pm, this is refreshing, therapeutic class for anyone living with cancer (and their caregivers) as part of the Katzen Cancer Research Center. The class — held on the campus of the George Washington University — is free, and you are most welcome to drop in anytime you want, but please RSVP to Jennifer Bires at 202/741-2218 so that we can tell you the location, and bring you a mat. You can read more about the class in here: gwcancermag_yogaarticle_2016
- Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm, Yin Yoga at Circle Yoga
I also teach weekly yoga classes at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Washington International School. Let me know if you work here.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS
Reiki Level One, offered over two sessions — Friday May 26th & June 16th from 6:30-9:30 pm at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine,$150. Join Luann Jacobs and me for a two evenings covering the art of Reiki. By the end of these sessions, participants will be beginning level Reiki practitioners, able to use their hands to heal themselves and others. On May 26th, you’ll Reiki for self care, receive attunements to Reiki energy, and receive a workbook for Reiki practice containing history of the practice and specific practices related to the Japanese origins. In between sessions, you will practice self care Reiki and keep a personal journal of your experience. On June 16th, we will share experience of doing your self care practice and learn how to give a Reiki session to one of your class participants. You will receive also the final attunements to Reiki energy. A certificate of Reiki Level One will be sent when you have completed two more independent Reiki sessions with a family member or friend and share your treatment observations with Luann and Yael. After you complete the requirements for the certificate you are then able to attend (free) Reiki Share sessions that meet bimonthly at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Shares allow all levels of Reiki to meet for the purpose of experiencing giving and receiving Reiki in a supervised environment for continued learning about energy and healing.
Fierce Living: A Workshop in Resiliency for Creatives & Changemakers, $35 for Bluebird Sky Yoga members; $40 for nonmembers. DC is considered one of the most progressive cities in the US, with many area residents working in nonprofits, creative and cultural industries, socially responsible businesses, or advocating for just policies. Living in the shadows of the White House and Capitol Hill during an era of fake news and daily repeals of citizen protections can trigger earlier losses, heartbreaks and traumas. Learning to cultivate resiliency – what’s sometimes known as “post-traumatic growth” – is critical if we are to do be active agents of peace and resistance. In this workshop, we’ll learn about stress and resiliency from the medical and yogic perspectives, and experiment with several tools for daily practice that can help engender positive growth during difficult times, including pranayama, yin yoga, and writing. Dress comfortably, and bring your favorite notebook and pen.
13th Annual Yoga in the Park, FREE at Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, Sundays at 5 pm from June 4th-August 27th. Bring your mat and water, and go listen to the drum circle afterwards. I’ll be teaching on July 9th. More info here.
SAVE THE DATE! Fall into Yin, an autumnal retreat at the Claymont Society in Charles Town, West Virginia, October 6th-8th 2017, $325. On this peaceful center nestled on the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, enjoy a weekend in nature, refreshing your mind and rejuvenating your body. Enjoy daily yoga (both yin and yin-inspired practices), hiking, writing, and seriously delicious locally-sourced meals. Both experienced and beginner yogis are welcome, as well as those with chronic health conditions.
More than a 100 years ago, the naturalist John Muir wrote “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Come allow your nervous system to soften on this serene setting on Mexico’s Pacific coast.You’ll wake up to birdsong and spend a week doing as much or as little as you like. You’ll enjoy two yoga classes daily — a more yang practice in the morning, and a more yin practice in the evening — perched on our platform with an ocean view. Did I mention the phenomenal cleansing food? traveling to a Huichol village in the mountains for a special healing ceremony? kayaking on the sea? swinging on a hammock? hiking on any of the trails that run through the property, including one which ascends through a jungle ridge passing through an orchid plantation and avocado grove, and eventually descends to a white sand beach which has a natural therapeutic mud? Expect this week to fill your heart!
PLEASE BE IN TOUCH IF YOU’D LIKE TO ARRANGE A WORKSHOP, CLASS OR BRING ME TO YOUR SPECIAL EVENT! Some I’ve taught recently include….
* Yoga Therapy for Special Populations or Conditions. I can customize a six- to eight-week program for your population or condition. By way of example, I have taught yoga for people dealing with cancer, yoga for insomnia, yoga for grief, and yoga for medical school students. Contact me for more details.
* Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing. I offer these workshops regularly to help participants use literal and metaphorical vehicles to discover parts of themselves that have laid dormant, sometimes for decades. Since 2007, I have taught Pen & Pose at libraries, universities, poetry festivals, art galleries, and hospices.
* At Ease: A Workshop in Yoga and Myofascial Release (co-taught with Michelle Deslauriers. Most yoga classes pay far more attention to the myo (muscle) than to the fascia, a web-like connective tissue that runs uninterrupted from your head to your toes and envelops, protects, supports and becomes a part of every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, bone, and organ down to the cellular level in your body. This is a shame since many pain conditions – from a sore low back to the road to recovery post-surgery – could be effectively treated by releasing strain patterns in the fascia. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how the fascia is a key and often missing ingredient in self-care. We’ll use techniques from both yin yoga and myofascial release to find and release restrictions and open into greater freedom of awareness and movement.
* Breath & Tonic. A combination of breathwork with restorative yoga postures to revitalize. An excellent “chill pill” and especially delightful for those suffering adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, or any auto-immune or chronic condition.
* Reiki Training. I offer First and Second Degree training at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, usually co-taught with Luann Jacobs. Check out http://www.gwcim.com for more information.
* Heart Rate Variability & Contemplative Practices. I’ve co-presented this experiential session in the past for doctors wishing to incorporate mindfulness practices in reducing their patients’ stress and improving health care outcomes, and am happy to teach this to other health care professionals.