Chair Yoga
Online
Wednesday, May 22 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elisabeth Schramm
In June 2022 I closed my therapy practice, having worked as a clinical social worker for 40 years in various mental health settings and in private practice for the latter part of my career. Yoga and meditation have been important practices in my life supporting me in work and in living in this human body. Yoga and Meditation became essential practices during 10 years of supporting and caring for my parents, along with my sisters. I learned to manage compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma in my work, so that I was able to be steady and present for others, and to maintain my own health and well-being. My personal practice, and commitment to attending 2 to 3 retreats each year has become an integral part of life. I have been mentored in the past by Molly Swan, Norman Feldman and currently by Jill Davey. For a number of years, I’ve participated in a Sutta Study group facilitated by Norman Feldman. During the Meditation Teacher training, I appreciated the mentorship of Jill Davey, Dawn Mauricio, Daryl Lynn Ross and Jozen Gibori. I also appreciate the on-going support and mentorship from Jacqueline and Ken! I love offering chair yoga, and gentle flow classes, along with meditation. My teaching is informed by Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu). Yoga and mindfulness practices have proven to be of benefit in building self awareness in body, mind and emotion. These practices may be helpful in regulating and processing emotion. Clients and yoga students will often report a feeling of being more balanced, at ease, and a notable shift toward self acceptance and self compassion.
Description
Treat yourself to a late-morning yoga practice that will leave you feeling stronger, more mobile, and more appreciative of all the things your body can do. In this class, participants have the option to do the entire class seated in a chair, or to stand for a portion of the class, then take a seat to do the poses that are meant to be done seated. Perfect for those who no longer feel comfortable getting up and down from the floor, and for those who’d like to include some yoga from their office chair during their workday. Participants often comment that they are pleasantly surprised that in this class we do “real” yoga, and that it feels like a complete practice. In addition to doing traditional yoga poses creatively adapted to be done from a chair, we do breath work (pranayama), meditation, incorporate yoga philosophy, and end with a restful seated savasana. Throughout each class, participants are encouraged to approach their practice from a place of self-inquiry, curiosity, felt experience, and self-compassion — just as we do in any yoga class. Come check it out to experience what this class can do for you!