Restorative Yoga During Tough Times:
Relax, Release, Let Go
Sunday afternoons 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Oct 18, Nov 22, and Dec 20, 2020; Jan 24 and Feb 21, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Cost: $35 ($60 if you sign up with a friend)
Click HERE to register! A few days prior to the event, you will receive a welcoming message with our own dedicated link on Zoom.
NOTE: Our monthly restorative yoga session on December 20th will take place on the shortest day of the year. Let’s celebrate the winter solstice together! I’ve invited my talented mind-body teacher friends Adrienne Dolberry and Donnette Hill Walto — I will guide you into stillness through an accessible and calming restorative yoga sequence; Adrienne will weave her magic and lead us into a meditation to finish the session. Healing Guide Donnette will give us a preview of her new Call of the Wild program.
DESCRIPTION OF RESTORATIVE YOGA: All of us have been experiencing some version of feeling on edge these days, with the combined effects of Covid-19, concern about endemic racism, climate change, economic uncertainty, and an anxiety-inducing election season.
This slow drip of constant worry takes its cumulative toll on our mental and physical health, as well as our spirit. The mind goes into overdrive as we try to “figure out” how to show up during this time; the body is hit with a constant flood of stress hormones that comes with months of pent-up anxiety; and the spirit isn’t able to rise to the surface, let alone soar.
Prioritizing your well-being is truly not optional at this time.
These monthly Restorative Yoga* sessions are designed to release long-held tension in the body, calm the nerves, and soothe the spirit. Sessions will take place virtually in the safety of a quiet space that works for you. (*Still Wondering what Restorative Yoga is? See below!)
Description of a typical session: After a brief check-in, we will dive into 90 minutes of delicious relaxation, gentle stretching, breath awareness, and yoga designed for deep release in the spine, shoulders, and hips. During the last portion of each session we will conclude with a meditation, optional conversation and/or journaling. You will emerge feeling calm, nourished, and refreshed.
These restorative postures are designed to be accessible — all bodies and levels of flexibility welcome!
Please register in advance!
Dates: Sundays: Oct 18, Nov 22, and
Dec 20, 2020 (special winter solstice celebration!)
Jan 24 and Feb 21, 2021
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Cost: $35 Special: $60 for two sessions or for two participants.
Please register soon for the date(s) that work best for you!
Click HERE to register!
A few days prior to the event, you will receive a welcoming message with our own dedicated link on Zoom. I will include suggestions for what easily accessible props (blankets, pillows, etc.) to have nearby, along with ideas for creating a quiet sanctuary for practice in the safety of your own home.
Contact Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.305.7759 for more information.
*QUESTION: What is restorative yoga?
The colder months of the year can be especially challenging for stress relief. This is even more true in a year like this:
- the cold weather contributes to tightening the body and breath
- we spend even more time indoors and less time moving
- difficult emotions easily rise to the surface with the holidays and end of the calendar year
During a restorative session, you will settle into a safe space and be invited to move through a slow and accessible sequence of postures and breath practices that offer gentle release throughout the body. The postures for this form of yoga are passive (allowing release through the effects of gravity) and gently stretch the joints, connective tissue, muscles and fascia.
Known as the yoga of non-doing, restorative sessions are longer than typical yoga classes because of the time it takes to release long-held tension in the body.
The effect typically leads to a deep parasympathetic response (good for spine and hips, organ health, immune support, blood pressure regulation, among other benefits). You will leave with a sense of inner well-being, warmth, and abundance.
Esther Wyss-Flamm, PhD, EdM, E-RYT, has been leading seasonal yoga restorative sessions for a dozen years. She combines her intimate knowledge of Kripalu yoga, wellness, and mindfulness to provide gentle guidance. She also draws upon her specific training in yoga for chronic health conditions and in breath practices (pranayama) to enable her students to access inner stillness and ease.
A Fall Equinox Virtual Retreat for Womxn
Registration Now Open! Click HERE
Friday, Sept 25, 2020: 7-8:30PM;
Saturday, Sept 26, 2020: 10AM-1:30PM
Out of a great need we are all holding hands and climbing.
None of us could have imagined what 2020 would bring our way. With the ever-shifting sands surrounding us, our typical approach to everyday life has been shattered. We need to reconnect with each other and re-affirm practices that open the heart and invite courage.
Join us for a two-day (Friday evening + half-day Saturday) virtual retreat to find space through meditation, restorative movement and ritual to surface how we can move into the future with intention and impact.
The equinox is a time to pause, let ourselves get still and listen to our quiet voice within, identify balance and imbalance in our lives, and lean into the natural world for inspiration.
Give yourself this gift to relax, recharge, and rebalance in body, mind, and spirit.
You will emerge from our time together with:
· Self-care mind-body practices to nourish you in the safety of your home
· Connection with sweet community
· One courageous next step you have been longing to take
· A mystery gift (that will be mailed to you)
This is an intergenerational, POC and LGBTQ+ community inclusive virtual retreat to celebrate and fortify womxn.
Note: NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE WITH YOGA OR MINDFULNESS NEEDED!
Cost: Early Bird Ticket: $45 (through Sept 15); Bring-a-Friend Special: 2 tickets for $75 (through Sept. 15); Regular Ticket: $55.
Scholarship support available – for more info contact Esther at: email@example.com
Adrienne Dolberry, PhD, is co-owner of Studio 34 in West Philadelphia. With over 800 hours of silent retreat experience, she has facilitated yoga and Vipassana and Zen meditation practices, and designed health and wellness programs to support diverse communities since 2006.
Esther Wyss-Flamm, PhD, EdM, is a mind-body coach and yoga instructor who connects women to their innate strength, vitality, and life purpose. She inspires women to give voice to their dreams, transform dead-end habits into life-giving rituals, and reclaim their power. Fun fact: her native language is Swiss German.
See you there!
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