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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can tell you the location, and bring enough mats. Read more about the class in here: gwcancermag_yogaarticle_2016
- Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 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.
Reiki Level 1, Friday November 17th 6:30-8:pm and Saturday November 18th 11:30am-4pm, at Simon Says Yoga in Bethesda, MD, $150. For those yoga teachers and practitioners interested in deepening their awareness of the energy body, Yael Flusberg (Reiki Master Teacher and Yoga Therapist) is offering this introduction to the Japanese healing art of Reiki, a gentle hands-on practice that jump-starts the body’s self-healing mechanisms, and is particularly good at balancing the autonomic nervous system, which regulates over 90 percent of your internal functions, including hormonal and immune system responses, digestion and sleep. By the end of this training, participants will be beginning level Reiki practitioners. 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 teach Japanese Reiki techniques and touch on the differences between Reiki as it is practiced in Japan and elsewhere. You will receive a workbook for Reiki practice, and will be expected to do 21 days of the self-care protocol and document two sessions with others before receiving your certificate. Highly recommended: Having received a Reiki session (with Yael or any other Reiki practitioner) to be sure this is for you.
Yoga to Help You Sleep. Sunday, November 19th 7-9 pm at Circle Yoga, $45 members, $55 nonmembers. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you are not alone: insufficient sleep is a public health concern. When we are overtired, we make mistakes and crash—sometimes taking others with us. Those of us with chronic sleep problems tend to be less productive, have an overall lower quality of life, and are also more likely to suffer from other diseases—hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, and cancer. In a 2012 survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. In this workshop, you will learn a bit about the yogic approach to sleep and how you can plan your day to get better shut-eye. And you will enjoy a soothing practice so you can go home and rest!
Every wisdom tradition has some version of “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Beyond mwah-mwah kiss-kiss — and in a time when our neighbors might be so other that it’s hard for us to conjure us like, never mind love — how can we move from a fear-based mentality to a sense of radical love?
During this Valentine’s Day week, we’ll allow our hearts (and nervous systems) to soften on this serene setting on Mexico’s Pacific coast as we explore the kind of love that leads to what Rabbi Abraham Heschel called “radical amazement…..to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually.”
Indeed, you’ll wake up to birdsong and as the week progresses, you’ll be amazed at how you feel. 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? 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!
SAVE THE DATE!!! My 2018 Yin Yoga Teacher Teaching will be held at 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). 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. Stay tuned for details! More info and to register here.
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.