Quiet, Cool, & Calm
4 Wednesdays: March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21
7:30 – 8:30 pm
$60 for the series, $20 single class
This one-hour restorative class will use supported asanas to release the physical and mental tension from the day while building a deeper awareness of the body and breath. Using support can allow for a quieter way of working that relies on the movement of the breath. These asanas will help cool the body and brain bringing a peacefulness that will promote a good night’s sleep. Open to all levels. Blankets, blocks, a belt and a bolster will all be useful, but students are encouraged to utilize common household items as substitutes.
Ahimsa in Action : Anti-Racism Group for White People. [ARGWP]
6 Wednesdays : March 17 – 31, April 14 – 28 (no meeting April 7)
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Join a small group of white people who are interested in learning more about race and how to be an anti-racist.
The group is focused on white people because:
- we don’t typically learn how to be comfortable talking about race
- we grew up with systemic racism without understanding the system
- we have to do our work as white folks and not expect the people of color to teach us
We’ll go through the book: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The book is set up as a workbook where you read a chapter then write in your journal
You’ll go through the workbook at your own pace. It’s the best book I’ve found to help me learn something new in each chapter and also dig into my own beliefs.
Pam’s role: My role is as a convenor of the group and a participant. I will create the container for deep listening.
Who should consider joining? Any white person who wants to learn more about their own journey to learn about racism and how to be anti-racist and is willing to commit to at least 5 of the 6 meetings, reading the book (at your pace) and sharing what they’re learning.
Pam has been deeply studying the system of racism and unpacking her own background for 6 years. Her work is as a facilitator of team development and executive coach. She has studied yoga at Jewel for at least 12 years, probably more (!)
She can be reached with any questions at: email@example.com
Iyengar Yoga for the Neck & Shoulders
Saturday, March 13
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
As offices shuttered near the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many people began working from home. In addition, most of us are increasingly relying on technology for entertainment, information and communication with friends and family.
Spending hours in front of screens, sometimes while hunched over and sitting on the couch or the bed creates an opportunity for tension and injury.
Does this sound familiar to you?
The practice of yoga can significantly reduce the risk of developing conditions associated with the above and can relieve pain and discomfort, promoting deep relaxation and a sense of well being.
Join Roberto Astorga and explore different solutions to this problem through the practice of yoga. The focus of this workshop is to alleviate pain and discomfort on the neck and shoulders and correct postural problems.
Your Hips: The Key to Mobility, Balance and Independence
Saturday, March 27
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
So much of the quality of our daily lives depends on the mobility and strength of our hips. In addition, the health of your lower back is also greatly influenced by the health of your hip joints. In this workshop, we will explore how to increase or maintain the strength and mobility of your hips through Iyengar Yoga Asanas. We will use all necessary yoga props to safely align, mobilize and strengthen the hips. This workshop is designed specifically for all levels of students and all hips.
To best benefit from the workshop the following props are recommended but not necessary: mat, 2 blocks, yoga chair or chair without arms, 3-4 firm blankets, 3 yoga straps (or 1 long strap, one short strap), bolster may be of use, and a long wall available would be also useful.
Yoga Kurunta at Home
Three Fridays: April 23, 30 and May 7
10:00 am – 11:30 am
The yoga wall ropes, a type of prop used regularly in Iyengar Yoga centers around the world, helps one practice asanas with an element of ease. Named after kuranti, a puppet, the student uses the wall ropes to manipulate the body like a marionette, performing simultaneously as puppeteer and puppet.
For students who have a safely installed set of yoga wall ropes, this series will teach you ways to use this equipment to practice and explore foundational poses. Some of the variations we’ll do are very simple yet effective. Each class will build on the next as students build confidence and familiarity in the use of ropes. Some of the setups are quite fun and help bring a tremendous lightness to the pose, giving one the feeling of moving weightlessly like a marionette.
For safety reasons, students must be present with video on in the three live-streamed classes. Class recordings will be available for students to review afterward.