– WORKSHOPS –
Between Heaven and Earth:
Introduction to Qigong 4-Class Series | with Nicole Stone
July 7, 14, 21, 28
This online introductory series will cover some basics of Qigong practice. Through our bodies, we will explore yin and yang polarities, the three dantiens (energy centers), Qi circulation, and three-dimensional movement. Beginners and intermediate practitioners are welcome! Classes will be recorded so if you are unable to make a class, you will be able to view later.
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.
Balanced Practice for All Levels | with Gay White
Saturday, July 18, 10am-12noon
In this online workshop we will work slowly and gently to open the joints and bring subtle heat to the body. There will be time for mindful standing poses, nourishing inversions and deep relaxation through breath work. We will practice classic asana stretches and I will offer variations to those who need modifications. You will need to have a few yoga props and I'll let you know upon registration.
Gay White has been teaching yoga for around 30 years and has studied dance, movement composition, pranyama and asana. Her main teacher ha been Donald Moyer, a student of B.K.S. Iyengar, who taught with great joy and knowledge of the body. Gay continues to deepen her studies with Mary Lou Weprin, other teachers, and her own practice. She is the current director of the yoga room.
Unwinding your Neck | with Shannon Knorr
Saturday, July 25, 10am-12noon
In this two-hour online workshop we will explore ways to release neck pain and tension through a practice of twists, alignment, shoulder strengthening, chest openers and myofacial release work. We will complete the practice with restorative poses with specific focus on releasing tension around the jaw, head, and eyes. Hopefully relieving some of the tension we may have gathered from work setups from home and endless zoom meetings and classes. We will work with a chair, a yoga strap, 2-3 blankets, 2 yoga bloks and a ball you can use to do release work with, like a pinky ball, tennis ball or other equivalent. One year yoga experience is recommended, modifications are shown for all levels.
Shannon Knorr, founder of Embody Studio, completed her Pilates certification in 2003 through PhysicalMind and Balanced Body. Gyrotonic Level 1 in 2005, and received her Dance/Movement Theraapy degree in 2000. She completed a 500 hour Advanced Yoga Studies certification in Iyengar inspired Yoga at The Yoga Room, Berkeley in 2014. Shannon herself is a breast cancer and her movement practice of Yoga, Pilates along with guided meditation saved her during her time n treatment. She believes fully in her work and teaches directly from her own experience and heart.
– INTENSIVES –
Labor Day Intensive | with Debbie Gilman and Gay White
Sunday, Sept. 6 & Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 | $160
10am–12noon & 2–4pm
This late summer intensive will offer a reflective two-day practice embracing the joy of moving into backbends and twists while also nurturing a deep sense of stillness through pranayama and restorative yoga. In the morning classes we will focus on active practices for dynamic work and the afternoons will be devoted to relaxing and going deeper into breathing and relaxation.
Debbie Gilman, M.A., ERYT 500, has been teaching at The Yoga Room since 2000 and is on the faculty of the Advanced Studies Program there. A life-long teacher, she loves sharing the movement-based mindfulness practice of yoga with her students. Debbie's yoga practice is informed by her study of the history of yoga.
Gay White is Director of The Yoga Room and Co-Director of The Yoga Room's Advanced Studies Program. She has studied asana and pranayama from Donald Moyer since 1991 and at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. Gay's classes and workshops are dedicated to alignment and awareness in a safe and creative mixed-level learning community, and she leads yoga retreats and intensives locally and around the country.