schedule

All offerings take place at SUN STUDIO unless mentioned otherwise.
Sun Studio is
a member-owned collective! See all collective member’s offerings and more at www.sunstudio.us

Happy Knees are Meant for Marching – on March Forth
Sunday March 4th, 1pm – 3:30pm. Class is followed by a short walk to Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue.  All are welcome, by donation.

I am teaching this class in part to raise funds for my friend Ken Johnston, who is embarking on a Walk to Freedom, a 400 mile solo walk from Selma to Memphis, honoring the 50th year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s passing. Learn more here: Walk to Freedom – Walking for the preservation of our civil rights.

If you plan to come Sunday March 4th, and want to support Ken’s journey, please send your donation online by February 23rd or sooner, as he starts walking March 1st.  All are welcome with or without donation on March 4th. Donations on 3/4 will go to Yoga for Well Being. A yoga class and a walk to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the many who walked and gained freedom and sanctuary here in Florence. We will walk to the Sojourner Truth memorial statue after class and learn about herstory and other local Underground Railway conductors’. Bring your achy knees (ankles and hips) and get some relief.  Stand stronger in your being and activism, and understand history. Come learn a gentle approach for all levels.

YOGA THERAPY FOR PSOAS Continuing Level

FEB 28th – APRIL 4th, Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30am $108 - $135 sliding scale offered.

This course can be taken to

~ reconnect you to this self care practice

~ get pain relief and postural support

~ relieve anxiety and depression

~ feel embodied and ready for activities

~ balance hormones

~ deepen meditation

We will revisit psoas releasing and it’s multi-dimensional benefits for your body, autonomic nervous system, breathing, mind and life force. We will explore more completely the fascial meridian associated with the psoas through release, stretch and massage with foam roller . We will practice therapeutic tremoring (or it’s more calm alternative) when appropriate.  Therapeutic tremoring will be explained more with the lens of yogic theory. Prerequisite: attendance of Introductory course or prior permission.

CHAKRA AWAKENING YOGA & MEDITATION COURSE

MARCH 1st APRIL 12th , Thursdays 9:30 – 11:15am, $108 – $126 sliding scale.

The focus will be on three CHAKRAS*

~ ROOT - muladhara:  Being fully here, belonging in every circumstance.
~ BELLY – manipura: stand in your power without ego or fear

~ 3RD EYE - ajna:  Tap into infinite perspective and intuition

You will be guided to connect to your inner wisdom and empowered sense of self through contemplations, yoga poses, breathing and sounding. *The chakras interface with the physical, subtle and mental aspects of ourselves. Each chakra governs a region of the body, a sense doorway, a consciousness, an element and more.

FREEING THE NECK & SHOULDERS, A Yoga Therapy Course

MARCH 6th – APRIL 10th, Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm $97 – 117 sliding scale Come learn a gentle approach to get relief!  We will create alignment, stability, understanding and openness in the upper body.  This means practicing poses, understanding anatomy, breathing, discussing the affect of lifestyle and emotions and self-massage Come if you are stiff, achy, or in pain. You may have history of upper cross syndrome (forward chin posture), herniation, arthritis, recovering from injury etc.  All are welcome.

AFFIRMATION YOGA COURSE

APRIL 11th – MAY 16th, Weds. at 5:30 – 7:15pm $108 – $126 sliding scale. Your way of thinking has a profound effect on an emotional and cellular level, often keeping you tethered to negativity or other’s projections. This course helps you become aware of your internal narrative and inquire why it is there (kept confidential to you). We will practice gentle yoga as embodiment, writing, contemplation, affirmation creation and archetypal alignment. Bring your mind out of the chaos, clarify perception, gain skillful mental authority and immunity. Be more positive and discerning than you thought possible!

DETOX – RENEW  YOGA THERAPY COURSE

APRIL 19th – MAY 24th, Thursdays 9:30- 11:15am, $97 – $117 sliding scale All Levels welcome. Shed the winter heaviness and bounce into spring! Spring is the time for internal cleansing to remove stagnation and toxins in body-mind. Are you bogged down with the details of life? Having difficulty with planning or seeing the big picture?  Detoxing your mind-body system with a gentle yoga (twists, hips openers and exercises to flush and tone the liver.) and self-shiatsu practice can free your stuck thoughts and feelings so you can flow through your life.  We will practice contemplations to work with emotions as well.

Detox/Renew Yoga sounds intense, but it’s not. It’s an all-level approach and you will learn simple yet profound ways to to clear your mind/body.

YOGA THERAPY FOR PSOAS INTRO COURSE

APRIL 14th - MAY 26th, Saturdays. 10am – 12pm $108 – $135 sliding scale. A gentle exploration to free the psoas while creating stability in the pelvis.  The psoas is central in our being for core movement and balance, hence our creativity, such as dance, speech/song, and our awakening, are profound aspects of its function. Because the fight/fright/freeze mechanism (autonomic nervous system) is set in the psoas, the practices also can release and integrate imbedded impressions of stress and trauma. Ideal for women in pre-conception phase or menopause, and for men and women with back and pelvis aches, stress and anxiety.  This is a gentle and safe release-work approach to take you to your next step on your path in mind, body and spirit.

 

DEEP FOREST YOGA THERAPY RETREATS WITH ARDEN AT TEMENOS

MAY 11th – 13th 2018
Earlybird Rate $200 with nonrefundable deposit of $70 paid before March 10th. $230 is regular rate after March 15th.  Join me this Spring in the experiences of Yoga at the magical Temenos Retreat Center.  Temenos offers access to nature and beauty that supports the pathway of going within.  The forest, pond, trails speckled with fall leaves, labryrith and views are just amazing.  This gem is right in our backyard, just a one hour drive from Northampton.

The name Temenos is taken from a Greek word meaning the sacred space surrounding a temple or an altar. Carl Jung used this same word to refer to the inner space deep within us where soul-making takes place. Here, we remember the sacredness of our natural world, rekindling our connections to the earth, water, and all the creatures and growing things inhabiting this temenos. In returning to the natural cycles of the earth, we learn to live in balance with nature.
Fee includes teaching & accommodations!
Food expenses will be shared averaging about $15 per day.
Email for details, questions or to pre-register.


UNIFIER FESTIVAL June 2018
Check out article in Huffington Post. I teach Yoga workshops!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morena-duwe/unifier-festival-in-tolla_b_7138956.html
Tolland, MA,  Bring your kids.  Bring your grandparents.  Bring your swim trunks. And be willing to dance, listen, breathe deep, risk beauty, and renew.

 

PREGNANCY YOGA THERAPY & LABOR READINESS
No experience necessary ~ all abilities welcome
MONDAYS 6:00 – 7:30pm -the courses are ongoing and you are welcome to join a course already in progress
6 weeks for $90 – sliding scale
Courses can be prorated around due date and holidays.

Held at the Center for Midwifery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Transform yourself though this amazing life event, feel better and feel empowered through the changes.
I had an absolutely AMAZING birthing experience and your classes helped tremendously! I had told you that during the birth of my first son, it was like I forgot what to do during my contractions, they just knocked me off my feet and I didn’t know how to handle them. Not this time! What really helped me was the wave breath, as well as sounding. Those two things really helped me to conquer those contractions! They didn’t even seem as intense as last time. And then when it came time for pushing I used the visualization you gave us  and all it took was 3 pushes to bring my baby out. I can’t imagine a better birth!  It was completely incredible.  Thank you for these tools!  They truly made a difference.  If we decide on having a 3rd in the future, I will definitely come to yoga again!
~ Magdalena Pasiut

Parent & Baby Yoga Courses are temporarily suspended.

PRECONCEPTION YOGA aka Yoga Therapy for Psoas:
on-going, email for times
Held at Sun Studio in Florence

For those of you who can’t make prenatal yoga with me, I highly recommend
Corinne Andrews at The Yoga Center in Amherst:
Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, on-going

http://www.yogacenteramherst.com/prenatal-yoga/

As well as her Online Holistic Pregnancy Program
http://www.shraddhayoga.org/Birthingmama/sign-up
If you purchase this program, please let Corinne know I referred you!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Pregnancy Yoga Therapy & Labor Readiness
Like the life cycle of a butterfly, you transform with pregnancy and birth.  Your body changes, your perspective, your new or expanding role, as mama.  In each class, go into a cocoon

~ to be nourished and de-stress

~ recover from backaches and other complaints

~ feel your little one at your center

~ connect with other expectant mamas

~ emerge with more freedom, skill and confidence.  The teaching includes therapeutic adaptive yoga for strength and flexibility, breathing, self-massage, sound, visualization and more. Practices for labor and birth are fully integrated.

You are welcome to join the class in any stage of pregnancy and with any fitness level. Partners are welcome at half price.  If you have a history of miscarriage, or have had trouble conceiving, please consult with your caregiver and Arden to determine the best time to join.

Parent & Baby Yoga
The first few months of your baby’s life is a precious time.  This class offers an opportunity for either parent and baby to explore the many dimensions of this time in order to bond, nourish and connect with other parents. All practices promote postpartum healing and wellness in an atmosphere that encourages sharing challenges and joyful discoveries.
Often, babies are gently and safely incorporated into the class through partner poses and practices that comfort and support their optimal development. Nursing, walking, bouncing, changing diapers and soothing fussy babies are perfectly normal in this space.
Please bring a yoga mat, baby blanket, toys, baby-wearing wrap or whatever else that you feel is necessary.

PLEASE SEND YOUR CHECK TO:

Yoga for Well-Being
P.O. Box 396
Northampton, Ma 01061.

Send a $20 non-refundable deposit or full payment to hold your place. Balance, less the deposit, must be paid by the start of the program by mail or in person at the studio. Receipt of payment will be confirmed.

ON THE CHECK please write your contact information (phone and email) and which program you are signing up for.

Please do this soon; the programs have a MINIMUM and MAXIMUM capacity.

FINANCING: YFWB is committed to remaining affordable to as many as possible. Almost all programs offer sliding scale, payment plans and occasional barters. Please inquire.

REFUNDS: Before course begins, balance is 100% refundable. If you drop out after the course begins, 50% can be transferred or refunded. Deposit and missed classes are non-refundable.

MISSED CLASS: Make-ups can be only be done before the end of the program at another class time when available.

CLASS ETIQUETTE:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Equipment is provided, but bringing your own mat is encouraged for cleanliness.
  • Due to overuse of chemicals in our environment and beauty products, many people have sensitivity and some have severe reactions. Please refrain from wearing scented products; especially consider scented lotions & oils, colognes, perfumes and clothes dried with dryer sheets.
  • Refrain from eating a meal two hours before class, a light snack is okay an hour before
  • Bring valuables into the studio and turn off phones.
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