I teach 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 Eva Ruiz, patient navigator (email@example.com) so that we can tell you the location, and bring enough mats. Read more about the class here: gwcancermag_yogaarticle_2016
- Tuesdays, 6-7:15 pm, Gentle PM yoga at the Smith Center for Healing & the Arts. This class is especially for those with chronic conditions, cancer or a ton of stress.
- Wednesdays 5:30-6:45 pm, Gentle Yoga at Circle Yoga
- Wednesdays, 7-8:15 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.
Yin & Gratitude at Radiance Yoga in Alexandria, VA, Saturday March 3rd 3-5 pm $35, register here. Gratitude is part of a wider life orientation towards noticing and appreciating the positive in the world, and is particularly beneficial in personal or collective moments of challenge.In this two-hour workshop, we’ll explore how to be a more astute observer of the positive that is already in our lives. We’ll do this by using yin yoga, a quiet practice of longer holds that facilitates our bringing full presence to the present. We’ll also engage in writing exercises to deepen our capacity to be a witness to our emotional life. Dress comfortably, and bring a favorite notebook and pen.
Wandering in the Now: A Special Class in Yoga & Writing at Adas Israel as part of the Jewish Mindfulness Community of Washington, by donation. Jews usually associate Passover with the theme of freedom – but, as Rabbi Martin Buber pointed out, the bulk of the Torah doesn’t deal with “the history of the exodus, but [with] the history of the wandering in the desert.” What made this forty-year walkabout worthy enough to occupy 75% of the Torah? What might we glean from this decades-long desert trek that deliberately ends at the eastern banks of the Jordan River, rather than the destination of the Ancestors’ Land? By using the tools of yoga and writing we’ll transform into travelers of the imagination to explore our own relationship with the open road. In this experiential workshop, we’ll intersperse movement with writing prompts to help us escape our habitual residence in the intellect, and assume a more graceful position in the realm of reflective presence. Both physical and creative exercises will be designed to help participants map out familiar paths. Participants should dress comfortably and bring your favorite notebook and pen.
Reiki 1, Sunday March 11th, 10am-5pm at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, $150. This training is perfect for anyone interested in deepening their awareness of the energy body, this day-long introduction to the Japanese healing art of Reiki is for you. By the end of this session, participants will be beginning level Reiki practitioners, able to use their hands to heal themselves and others. You will learn the history of Reiki; the three pillars of Reiki; and the five Reiki principles. We will go through and practice the self-treatment protocol, as well as the hand positions for sharing Reiki with others. Most importantly, you will be attuned to the Reiki energy, without which Reiki will not flow. Yael will also touch on the differences between Reiki as it is practiced in Japan and elsewhere. Highly recommended: Having received at least one Reiki session prior to the class. You’ll receive a training manual, and after turning in documentation of 21 days of self-care practice and 3 sessions on others, a certificate.
My signature 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings are held over three weekends. In the first weekend, we dive into anatomy from a fascial and human variation perspective, in the second we learn more about energetic anatomy, using Chinese medicine and Ayurveda as a base, and in the third, we focus on the brain and nervous system, learning about the mind-body connection of stress and trauma and how to shift into resiliency.
- Spring 2018: Circle Yoga in Washington, DC over three weekends — March 23-25, May 4-6, and June 1-3 ( Fridays, 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturdays, 12:30-8:30 pm and Sundays 12-5). More info and register here.
- Fall 2018: Radiance Yoga in Old Town Alexandria held September 22-23, October 27-28 and November 17-18 (10 am to 6 pm). More info and register here
Yin & Forgiveness at East Meets West Yoga Center, April 7th, 1:30-3:30 pm, $30 preregistered, $35 at the door. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We know that endlessly reliving our hurts and wounds makes us feel helpless while forgiving returns agency firmly within ourselves. Yet try as we might to see the light in others, or acknowledge that their words or actions reflected something broken in them — rather than a true statement of our innate goodness — the pain remains. In this workshop, we’ll hold long yin poses while leaning into the walls we’ve built to protect ourselves from feeling the uncomfortable. As we release physical knots, we’ll explore gently opening up the heart to begin the process of forgiving others and self. Dress comfortably, and bring a notebook and your favorite pen.
Resiliency in Daunting Times: A Workshop in Yoga & Writing, free if you register with the biannual Split This Rock Poetry Festival, April 19-21st in Washington, DC.
She Sippurim, a transformative weekend retreat of storytelling, yoga,
nature, and sisterhood April 27th-29th, @ the Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center
Beallsville, Maryland. Facilitated by Elissa Gross and Leah Harris with yours truly as a guest teacher. We will be exploring female Jewish liberation through embodied storytelling and spiritual practices. Register here
I’ll be leading a six-day yoga & writing workshop as part of the 41st Annual International Women’s Writing Guild Summer Conference July 6th-13th in Allentown, PA.
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.