– WORKSHOPS –

 

The Zoom link will be sent to you close to the Workshop date. 

Breathing Awareness  
with Gay White and Bonnie Maeda

Mon, 7:30-9:00pm

January 4 – February 22 | 8 classes, $240

 

Each class will begin with supported and restorative poses to relax the pelvis and open the chest. We will then practice breathing awareness techniques for health and awareness. There will also be some basic pranayama introduced. There will be time for questions and discussion.

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Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co-teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women’s Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an “Advanced Relax and Renew” teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater’s program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

 

Gay White, Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program, has taught asana and pranayama since 1991. Her longtime teacher, Donald Moyer, taught with great joy and passed along a deep understanding of the body and yoga to his students. Gay's classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community.  

Back to Basics 
with Benjamin Flowers
Saturday, January 9
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

In this class students will gently open the body, building the strength and flexibility needed to move into standing postures. We will use props to create healthy alignment and look at modifications to make poses more accessible. This class is appropriate for students new to yoga and who are dealing with injuries.

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Benjamin Flowers is a graduate of The Yoga Room’s two year teacher training program and is a student of Mary Lou Weprin. He is also certified as an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis teacher trainer and he has been greatly inspired by Patricia Walden’s work in Yoga.

Form and Flow: An Online Introduction to Qigong 
with Nicole Stone
Tuesdays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16
4:00-5:00 p.m. | $90

 

In this introductory series we will explore the basic principles of Qigong practice. In our bodies, we will experience qi circulation, yin/yang polarities, and the three dantians (energy centers). These classes are suited for both beginning and intermediate practitioners. All classes will be recorded so if you are unable to make a class, you will be able to view later. .

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Nicole Stone, M.A., is a movement artist who draws from her studies with many qigong teachers- from Daoist priests to martial artists to Qi healers- to offer unique and depthful Qigong classes. Nicole founded Joyful Movement Qigong in 2014 and has been teaching in Alameda for the past six years.

Focus on Lotus and Half Lotus Poses 
with Mary Lou Weprin
Saturday, January 16
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

We will do a full practice that will include lotus or half-lotus positions in standing, seated, reclining and inverted poses.  There will be  preparations and warm-ups, and suggestions will be given for propping or alternatives as we explore these asanas.  Participants should be practicing at the 2-4 or 3-5 level.  You will need a mat, a belt or tie, 1 bolster, 2–4 blocks,  shoulderstand blankets, some wall space, a yoga chair, and any special props needed such as knee spacers or wedges.

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Mary Lou Weprin has been leading workshops and intensives at The Yoga Room for over 30 years and enjoys supporting the practice

community in their endeavors.

Restorative Yoga Workshop - Benefit for The Yoga Room 
with Bonnie Maeda
Saturday, January 23
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $30

 

This two hour restorative practice will offer you the opportunity to release tension through gentle stretches renewing a sense of wellbeing.

We will practice the restorative poses with the awareness of how the breath can calm and anchor your life. 

The participants need to be able to get up and down from the floor as the sequence is done entirely on the floor.

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Bonnie Maeda, RN, teaches Restorative Yoga and co-teaches Yoga For Health at The Yoga Room as well as at several Bay Area hospitals and Women’s Centers. She is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and also as an “Advanced Relax and Renew” teacher from Judith Hanson Lasater’s program. Her approach is gentle yoga for health and healing as well as restorative yoga to promote relaxation and manage stress. She believes in the benefits of yoga for every age, body type, and ability.

Twist and Shout: Anatomy of the Spine 
with Sandy Zirulnik
Saturday, January 30
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

Join us as we explore how the architecture and anatomy of the spine shapes our ability to move, in the practice of Yoga Asanas and in our daily lives. A deeper understanding can facilitate forward, backward, and side bending.  All important elements of twists.

Learn to protect your spine and neck while you twist and shout!

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Sandy Zirulnik, ERYT 500, YACEP, leads yoga classes that explore structure, movement, strength, and balance through the practice of asanas, breathing awareness, and the study of anatomy. They are enjoyable and appropriate for students of all ages and interests. Sandy began studying Yoga in 1998 and graduated from The Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program.

ADVANCED STUDIES SEMINAR:
Teaching Yoga for Beginners

with Gay White
Saturday, February 6
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

Teachers can build confidence and skills for working with new students and conducting a class that is well organized, safe, and full of the joy of yoga.

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Gay White is Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room Advanced Studies Program. The Yoga Room Advanced Studies Program (500 hours) has been helping people deepen their practice & training teachers since 1988.

Focus on Standing Poses As Preparations
with Mary Lou Weprin
Saturday, February 20
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

We will have a rounded practice focusing on particular standing poses and how they uniquely prepare us for other poses in the seated, inverted and backbending categories. Participants should have familiarity with inversions and basic backbends, and be working at the 2-4 or 3-5 level. 

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Mary Lou Weprin has been leading workshops and intensives at The Yoga Room for over 30 years and enjoys supporting the practice

community in their endeavors.

Restorative Viparita Dandasana
with Todd Jackson
Saturday, February 27
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

Viparita Dandasana treats the symptoms of menopause, strengthens the heart, soothes the mind and delivers emotional resiliency.  Well considered sequencing will prepare us to explore restorative, supported viparita dandasana variations.  From the gentle and accessible to the moderately challenging, we'll find a restorative version that will empower you to practice this profoundly anti-depressive pose at home.

This class is for Level 2-4 students who are familiar with headstand and shoulderstand.  Props required include a yoga chair (or homemade equivalent) 2 blocks, strap, 4-6 blankets, a firm bolster, and space at a wall. 

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Todd Jackson helps students experience inner-body integration.  His teaching guides students to balance the sensations of weight distribution, directional movement and tissue resiliency within.  Todd is known for his sequencing skills, sophisticated hands-on adjustments and friendly humor.  Teaching since 1997, Todd graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room Berkeley, studying with Donald Moyer for 18 years while continuing studies with Mary Lou Weprin.

 

Focus on Headstand and Shoulder-Stand Variations, Including Supported Shoulder-Stand Alternatives and Supported Setu-Bandha 
with Mary Lou Weprin
Saturday, March 13
2:00-4:00 p.m. | $40

 

We will do a full practice which will include preparations for headstand and headstand variations, working at the wall and away from the wall for those who are ready.  Shoulder-stand variations will be given using props such as chairs or blocks and the wall as needed. Participants should have familiarity with these inversions and be practicing at the 2-4 or 3-5 level.  You will need a mat, a belt or tie, 1 bolster, 2–4 blocks, shoulder-stand blankets and a yoga chair. 

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Mary Lou Weprin has been leading workshops and intensives at The Yoga Room for over 30 years and enjoys supporting the practice

community in their endeavors.

– INTENSIVES –

 
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