– WORKSHOPS –

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

Zen Meditation on Great Compassion: Zazen 7-Week Series

with Reb Anderson

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
7:00-8:45 p.m. | $126 Series, $20 Single Class

This series will focus on teachings and practices of great compassion.

 

Each evening will begin with a period of quiet sitting followed by an introduction and recognition of the members of our meeting.

And teachings and compassion will be offered together with group dialogue and discussion.

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Tenshin Reb Anderson is Senior Dharma Teacher and former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He is the author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains, Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts, and The Third Turning of the Wheel: Wisdom of the Samdhinirmocana Sutra.

Introduction to Yoga

with Gay White

Mondays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
5:15-6:15 p.m. | Series of 6 classes $60 | $12 Single Class
In-Person and on zoom (hybrid)

In this series we will learn the basic movements and poses so that you can begin to practice with a solid foundation and in a safe way.

Each person will receive individual attention and we will practice to experience the joy of yoga.

These classes will be via zoom.

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

Introduction to Pilates

with Shannon Knorr

Fridays, July 16, 23, 30, August 6
9-10 a.m. | Series of 4 Classes $52 | $15 Single Class

This workshop is about learning the foundation of the Pilates method and how to engage and inhabit these deeper intrinsic postural muscles of our bodies. The method itself is about finding our natural ways of movement, our bone rhythms, kinesiology, pelvic floor and diaphragmatic breathing, and learning how we can integrate it into our everyday lives, movements and yoga practices. I have found that the lineage of Pilates fits hand in hand with The Yoga Room style of yoga. Teaching this method to yoga teachers and practitioners, many reflect on how it has deepened their sense of awareness of the inner workings of the body, the inner body is developed and able to support the outer body. The breath is utilized and accessed more deeply. In Pilates we often practice yoga, but through movement. Finding a way to move that feels grounded, fluid, precise, strong, integral, and connected. This method we focus on neutral spine, learning stabilization and mobility. The props you need are a Pilates ball, yoga blocks, a blanket and a chair. There will be a link for a Pilates ball when you register.

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Founder of Embody Studio. Shannon completed her Pilates certification in 2003 through PhysicalMind and Balanced Body. Gyrotonic Level 1 in 2005, and received her Dance/Movement Therapy degree in 2000. She completed a 500 hour Advance Yoga Studies certification in Iyengar inspired Yoga at The Yoga Room, Berkeley in 2014.Shannon herself is a breast cancer survivor and her movement practice of Yoga, Pilates along with guided meditation saved her during her time in treatment. She believes fully in her work and teaches directly from her own experience and heart.

Please pay Shannon directly at https://www.paypal.me/embodypilatesstudio

Fluid Spine/Fluid Body

with Shannon Knorr

Fridays, July 16, 23, 30, August 6
10:15-11:15 a.m. | Series of 4 Classes $52 | $15 Single Class

This class is based on the work by Liz Koch on demystifying the Psoas. In this series we approach releasing the Psoas very differently, where instead of stretching and trying to release it with pressure, we begin to listen to its messages and allow it to express itself. Often the Psoas is dry and tight, because our spines are misused, exhausted and dry. We will hydrate the spine with gentle movements and breath using the Pilates ball, as well as fluid movements of undulations, spirals, rocking, arching and curling. This movement nourishes, hydrates and brings resilience to our tissues finding a more supple and responsive spine and Psoas. We are a literal body of water, a fluid system. We will tune in and connect and move this matrix of connective tissue, bringing more ease to our bodies. We will find our bone rhythms and wake up the lushness and intelligence of the core of our being.

We will work with a Pilates ball, a blanket and a chair.

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Founder of Embody Studio. Shannon completed her Pilates certification in 2003 through PhysicalMind and Balanced Body. Gyrotonic Level 1 in 2005, and received her Dance/Movement Therapy degree in 2000. She completed a 500 hour Advance Yoga Studies certification in Iyengar inspired Yoga at The Yoga Room, Berkeley in 2014.Shannon herself is a breast cancer survivor and her movement practice of Yoga, Pilates along with guided meditation saved her during her time in treatment. She believes fully in her work and teaches directly from her own experience and heart.

Please pay Shannon directly at https://www.paypal.me/embodypilatesstudio

Moving Deeper Into the Shoulders with Twists and Inversions

with Benjamin Flowers

Saturday, August 14
2-4 p.m. | $40

In this class we will practice twisting poses to build strength and mobility in the shoulder girdle to prepare for inversions. Using props we will explore different ways to modify poses and make poses more accessible.

 

This class is appropriate for students newer to yoga, but some experience is required.

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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.

Anatomy Review

with Bonnie Maeda

Saturday, August 28
2-4 p.m. | $40

This workshop is for Advanced Studies Program students preparing to take Anatomy II as well as other students wanting a review of structural anatomy.

Our study will include the spinal column, names of the bones, and joint structure and function. I will also introduce some principles of muscular movement.

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Bonnie Maeda teaches Restorative Yoga at The Yoga Room, and Gentle Yoga for Health at several Bay Area women's centers. She graduated from The Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room, and is certified in the Relax and Renew Training with Judith Hanson Lasater. Bonnie believes the practice of yoga is available to everyone, can help manage stress, and can improve one's sense of wellbeing.

 
 

– INTENSIVES –

 

Summer Intensive
with Gay White

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 6, 7 & 8

In-Person (space limited), also Zoom

Mornings 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Afternoons 2:00-4:00 p.m.

$240 full series (no single classes offered)

In this Intensive we will approach the whole practice including standing poses, backbends & forward bends, inversions, restorative asanas and breathwork including pranayama.

This can be a time to rebuild your practice after the last year and enjoy moving and sharing the joy of yoga with others in person.

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