Online Class Series

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CLASS SERIES

Alive and Streaming – Fall Sunday Series for the California Wildfire Relief Fund

On-line, Interactive Workshop Series
with The Yoga Solution Teachers

WEEK 1: 
Sunday, September 20

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fundamentals of Yoga
Diane Holland & Anatoly Soshilov 

Yoga is an ancient practice to liberate your mind, attain what was previously unattainable and find new purpose in life. Teachings can be distilled to the three Ps: pose, attaining physical awareness of the body, pranayama (breathing) to rediscover the centering and calming breath, and purpose to find the uniting thread that invigorates practice. We will explore the fundamentals of yoga through gentle practice including breath work and simple poses. We will explore what makes a pose steady and comfortable. The focus on breath throughout the practice will allow the mind to settle and prepare for the profound ending meditation. Entertaining nuggets of yoga philosophy will be offered. Suitable for complete beginners. Props: Details to follow

Sunday, September 20

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Introduction to Tai Chi
Matt Peterson 

Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi (“meditation in motion”) is a gentle, slow exercise movement for health and relaxation. Daily practice can reduce stress, improve balance and reduce high blood pressure. The session will include structured Tai Chi warm-up to relax muscles and improve flexibility, tendon strengthening (Yi Gun Gin), walking for balance, standing meditation and low impact moves. No previous experience required. Props: Details to follow

 

WEEK 2:
Sunday, September 27

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Jennifer Sadugor

Salamba (“supported”) Sarvangasana (“full body”) is a beautiful pose with many health benefits, particularly its positive effect on the thyroid and parathyroid glands and its calming of the mind and body. Considered “Queen of Asanas” and “Mother of Poses,” it brings us to gaze deeply into our heart center and offers quiet reflection. We will look at a variety of ways to work toward the full pose, including openings for the shoulders, upper back and neck, and the use of supports. We will strengthen legs (and lengthen hamstrings), arms and abdomen in preparation. During this time of distress, loss and sadness, Salamba Sarvangasana can be a gateway to your balance, inner harmony and peace. Props: strap, 2 blocks, bolster, 3-4 blankets (ruby block can be used in place of 2-4 blankets).

Sunday, September 27

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Yin Yoga and the Breath
Ruby Alcartado & Teresa Witters

Experience deep calming, grounding and rejuvenation through a yin (restorative) yoga practice with breath work. We will explore effective and simple breathing techniques to balance and regulate our nervous systems and enjoy deeply relaxing poses. A beneficial practice for our challenging time. All levels are welcome, no experience required. Props: bolster (alternatives: sofa cushion, bed pillow or 2 blocks), chair, strap (robe tie or belt), 2-4 blankets, 2 blocks. Option: soothing background music of your choice to facilitate relaxation.

 

WEEK 3:
Sunday, October 4

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Myofascial Release & Flow Yoga
Barbara Baccei 

Myofascia is the strong, elastic and plastic connective tissue system separating and containing every muscle of your body. All bones and joints are suspended within interconnected fascial layers. That’s why stress and strain in one body part can be felt in the entire body. Movement is not just the bending of hinge joints; it is the expansion, contraction and repositioning of the body structure within the interconnected myofascial system. The session uses self-massage techniques to identify and loosen myofascial knots and unlock tensions, even those long-held in your body. We will move into a gentle sequence, flow yoga to invigorate and express your newly found openings, and conclude with a deep, relaxing release. All levels welcome. Props: 2 exercise balls in a sock (preferably “Pinkie” balls), 2 blocks, strap, 2 blankets or towels. Optional: bolster, Lacrosse ball. 

Sunday, October 4

2:30 – 4:30 PM
The Trusty Dowel
Fran Lee

Iyengar-inspired yoga makes use of props to benefit our alignment and posture, create spaciousness and ease, and refocus practice intention. This can decrease the load on our joints as we move in space and adjust the shape of the pose to meet our individual bodies (rather than adjust our bodies to meet the pose). An inexpensive wooden dowel, serving like a hard strap, can mimic a second spine. With even a light touch, you can gain more sensitivity and balance, and find your center, more comfort and smoother breathing. Add this prop to your yoga toys, explore and play, and discover a new awareness from within. Props: Yoga dowel (at least 4’ long and approx. ¾” thick or more depending on your space and ability to control). Purchase from a hardware store and lightly sand (< $10) or substitute a mop/broom handle. A limited quantity may be borrowed from The Yoga Solution (make arrangements before the session). Other props: 2 blocks, 2 blankets or towels and a strap (robe tie or belt).

 

Week 4: 

Sunday October 11

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Yoga for a Healthy Back
Anatoly Soshilov

Every yoga pose engages and challenges the back. When done correctly, the pose can bring greater core stability and release tension and pain. When done less well, even simple poses can increase unhealthy tensions and even lead to injuries. In this alignment session, we will focus on the different parts of the back, incorporating elements of movement awareness, joint realignment, stretching and strengthening. We will explore optimal curvature of the spine and its connection to breath. We will warmup and prepare for backbends, approaching these challenging poses with strength, care, good alignment and the right supports enabling you to release the energy of the heart chakra (Anahata). Props: strap, block, 1-2 blankets. Optional: bolster and folding yoga chair. 

Sunday October 11

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Introduction to Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong
Bob Rosenbaum & Jeanne Courtney

Learn the first 8 flowing movements of Wild Goose QiGong from senior teachers of the Wen Wu School, certified by Masters Hu Liu and Yan Meijun. Dayan is one of the most ancient QiGong practices, and highly effective for enhancing flow of vital energy and removing energy blockages. The session will begin with warmups and introduce key acupressure points. Opening movements and basic methods of closing and consolidating will be offered. We will introduce a cupping/slapping massage method from Pai Da Gong practice. Suitable for all levels.

Cost:

$20 per class

$30 for a day pass

$50 for 4 classes

$80 for all 8 classes

STUDENTS ATTENDING ALL 8 CLASSES will be entered to win a 1 Month Unlimited Pass.

All Proceeds Are Donated to The California Wildfire Relief Fund.

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CLASS SERIES

Chair Yoga, 4-week Series

with Diane Holland

Tuesdays:  11:00 am – 12 noon

These 4 week series are designed for people with physical challenges, who are seeking a slower paced Yoga practice. The classes are also valuable for teachers looking for alternative poses for their students that may require them. Using a chair to explore the variations of many poses, students will gain personal body awareness through poses individualized for each student. This series will focus on yoga poses intended to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Each class will also include a brief meditation and breath awareness techniques.

Please dress in comfortable, non-restrictive clothing.

Diane Holland began studying yoga in 2008. She finished her 200-hour teacher training in 2013, here at the Yoga Solution. Diane has completed the Yoga for Seniors teacher training program, is a certified Relax and Renew® and Yoga For Healthy Aging instructor. She continues her yoga practice not only by teaching but also as a student under many instructors.

For more information, contact Diane at: 55plusyoga.diane@gmail.com or contact Jennifer at: jennifer@theyogasolution.net

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CLASS SERIES

Exploring the Chakras

with Yvonne Shanks

Wednesdays in October: 7, 14, 21 & 28
4:30 – 5:45 pm

Cost: $65 for the 4-class series
$18 Drop-In

This is a 4 Week On-line, Interactive Series

The subtle body is divided into five sheaths of varying refinement. At the core of the body, the subtle field appears as spinning disks…chakras.

Seven chakras are located near the seven major nerve ganglia that emanate from the spinal column. Chakras pick up vital energy from the breath we draw in to then distribute throughout the body for healthy functioning.

We will explore how energy systems affect the sympathetic, parasympathetic and central nervous systems.

Hope you join us !!

Yvonne Shanks has been a student of yoga since 1995, turning to yoga in order to support her meditation practice. After several teacher training programs, she began teaching yoga at the Yoga Solution in 2005. Yvonne is a graduate of a 3 year teacher training program taught by senior Iyengar teachers Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos. She has continued to study with many gifted Iyengar teachers over the years. Her greatest joy is sharing with her students all that she has been given by her teachers.

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CLASS SERIES

Restorative Yin Yoga Series

with Ruby Alcartado

Fridays   |  4:30 – 5:45 pm

In these classes we will focus on stretching and stimulating the connective tissue, in the pelvis, hips, lower back and spine. These are the areas of the body that can create difficulties as we age. Yin Yoga is a restorative practice where postures are held gently, for three or more minutes. Yin Yoga is done primarily on the floor or at the wall while the body is being supported with blankets and props, as needed. The long, meditative holds of Yin Yoga deeply calms the nervous system, quiets the mind, and gently releases muscle and connective tissues surrounding bones, ligaments, and joints. With a consistent and safe practice, Yin Yoga can reduce joint stiffness, increase mobility and body awareness, quiet the mind, and access the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a grounding, calming, and an energizing sense of rejuvenation. Additionally, on every fourth Friday of the series, Ruby will offer an extended period of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

Ruby has been studying and practicing yoga at The Yoga Solution since 2007. She completed The Yoga Solution 200-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program in August 2009. Ruby also received her certification at Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in January 2014 and Yin Yoga Teacher Training certification in December 2015. Ruby has been teaching since 2009 and continues to actively study, train and practice.

If you wish to get more information about this workshop you may email Ruby at: rcalcartado@gmail.com

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CLASS SERIES

Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong

with Bob Rosenbaum and Jeanne Courtney

TUESDAYS: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
4-week class series  

Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong is an ancient Taoist practice which promotes health and well being by facilitating circulation of Qi flow in acupuncture meridians. It includes:
• warm-up exercises
• 64 flowing movements
• acupressure self-massage
• meditation

Dayan Qigong can offer benefit in as little as 15 minutes a day, making it ideal for stress management, but it is also deep enough it cannot be exhausted in a lifetime of practice.

Dayan Qigong was developed during the 4th century in China by a monk to promote health and deepen meditation practice. For many centuries it was passed down in secret until after the cultural revolution Grandmaster Yang Meijun began teaching publicly. With her encouragement, Master Hui Liu brought the practice to the United States at the Wen Wu School.

Bob and Jeanne are senior teachers from the Wen Wu school, certified by Master Hui Liu in the Dayan Qigong tradition of Master Yang Meijun. They each have over 20 years’ experience teaching qigong and have also taught at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. Bob has also founded Dayan Qigong programs in Amsterdam, Australia, and Finland, and instituted Dayan Qigong programs for Kaiser Permanente.

Bob and Jeanne have recently retired from their professional careers as a neuropsychologist and psychotherapist (Bob) and licensed clinical social worker (Jeanne) to devote full time to their qigong and meditation practices. Bob is entrusted as a Zen teacher by Sojun Weitsman Roshi.

For more information on Dayan Qigong: www.zenqigong.com
or email Jeanne: jeanne.courtney@gmail.com

 

CLASS SERIES

Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Series

with Sifu Matt Peterson

THURSDAYS: 1:45 – 2:45 pm
 

Commonly known as “meditation in motion” Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi is a gentle form of slow exercise movements for health and relaxation.

The benefits of daily practice of tai chi are:

• Reduce high blood pressure 
• Strengthen internal organs 
• Improved coordination 
• Mental relaxation 
• Reduced stress 
• Improved focus
• Improved balance

Classes begin with structured warm ups that relax muscles and improve flexibility. No previous experience needed.

Sifu Matt Peterson has been practicing Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi for 19 years. He studied under Grandmaster Henry Look the founder of Tri Internal Martial Arts (TIMA). Sifu Matt is a Sifu through TIMA and has been a Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi instructor for five years. Sifu Matt is a certified Tia Chi instructor and Level I Tai Chi for Balance instructor through the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association.