Stand Tall: Yoga Poses to Improve Posture
Saturday, October 8
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Many of our daily activities—sitting at a computer, using a smartphone or tablet, driving, standing over the kitchen counter—can contribute to poor posture. With the weight of the head dropped forward, the upper back rounds and the chest is pushed down against the abdomen. Learn how to open the chest and shoulder area and bring movement and length to the spine. Incorporating a few simple stretches in a daily routine will improve not only your posture, but bring a sharpness to your mind and elevate your mood.
Yoga For Women: Focus on Bone Health
4 Sundays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health? (Did you read that right?!) That’s what the headline an article in the New York Times claimed in December of 2015. Dr. Fishman, Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, initiated a study in 2005, examining the effect of yoga asana on bones– with very encouraging results!
Weight bearing activities are often recommended to help negate bone loss. However, many find the recommended activities to be hard on other joints or not within their capabilities. Yoga is to be an ideal activity to increase bone density-with side effects that include better balance, improved posture, and reduced levels of anxiety. In this women’s health series we will explore the poses from Dr. Fishman’s study. The poses will be practiced in ways that are safe for those with a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia, as well as for those of us practicing for the prevention of bone loss.
Yoga for Chronic Back Pain
Saturday, November 5
1:00 – 4:00 pm
According to a study in the journal Spine (Sept. 1, 2009) yoga can reduce pain and improve function in people with chronic low back pain. In this workshop, participants will learn the postures recommended by B.K.S. Iyengar for the treatment of low back pain and will practice in a supportive environment that welcomes everyone regardless of their experience and physical condition.
Roberto began his practice of yoga as a result of a low back injury. “My goal is to help you deal with chronic back pain and build a practice that can last a lifetime.”
Writing with Yoga
Julie Lawrence and Kim Stafford
Saturday, November 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Part of the power of yoga is what you are not doing: you are not in traffic, meeting a deadline, or advancing an agenda. You are in the body, savoring breath. So with exploratory writing, as haste and ambition grow silent: something precious of your own may appear on the page. This workshop will be guided by “all practice and no performance” in twin pursuit of breath and word. All levels of experience are welcome as we seek to be become lucky beginners in writing and yoga.
Kim Stafford directs the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right: Essays of Place. He has studied yoga with Julie Lawrence, and he has taught writing in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.
Thanksgiving Day Class
Thursday, November 24
9:00 – 11:00 am
On this traditional day of feasting with family and friends, start with a lively yoga practice. This stimulating asana practice will inspire gratitude for the bounty that yoga offers and a recognition of all we have to be grateful for in our lives. This all-levels class promise to be an invigorating start to the day.
Register in advance or just show up with your friends and family on Thanksgiving morning. Please be prompt, as the building will be locked.
Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Monday, December 19
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 20
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Deep rest is essential for well being. It revives us and returns us to a state of calm vitality. In the winter season, nature asks us to hibernate, meditate and be still in order to glimpse the richness of the unknown. At the same time, our culture asks us to gear up for the holiday season and in our busyness, to become even more active.
Julie’s annual Candlelight Restorative Workshop offers you the opportunity to give back to yourself and in doing so, reestablish an expansive and generous place from which to give to others in the spirit of true generosity.