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From Chaos to Calm: Practices for a Balanced Nervous System

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Thursday 9/30/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10/7/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10/14/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10/21/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10/28/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

$165.00 From Chaos to Calm - Full Series - 9/23-10/27
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Intro & Restoratives w/ Alex - 9/23
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Breathing w/ Kellie - 9/30
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Mindfulness w/ Annie - 10/7
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Spinning the Story w/ Yael - 10/14
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Mutability w/ Eduardo - 10/21
$30.00 From Chaos to Calm - Yoga Nidra w/ Denise - 10/28

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This fall, join Circle Yoga teachers for a special virtual series where we will explore yoga and mindfulness practices that can help you balance your nervous system during turbulent times like these. Sessions are on Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm. Each session is recorded, so join for the live event or watch on demand.

The six-week series includes:

Sept 23: This Is Your Nervous System On Restorative Yoga (Register to receive workshop recording)
with Alex Phelan

Sept 30: Breath for Everyday Living
with Kellie Finn

Oct 7: Mindfulness Meditation
with Annie Mahon

Oct 14: Spinning the Story of Your Nervous System
with Yael Flusberg

Oct 21: The Yoga of Mutability
with Eduardo Guédez

Oct 28: Yoga Nidra: Stay Steady on Your Path
with Denise Alston

Partial scholarships are available. Apply here.

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Kellie Finn

Kellie Finn is immensely grateful for her New England upbringing, family, friends, sunshine, good jokes, moon gazing, night walks, ocean breezes, lingering hugs, fresh vegetables, road trips, adjectives, and an ever growing boot collection. She has been studying yoga since a volunteer summer at Omega in 1991, and teaching classes/working privately as a Yoga Therapist since September 2001, after two years of volunteer service and study at Kripalu Institute. She is a recent transplant to the DC area where she serves as a Clinic Supervisor at Maryland University of Integrative Health's Yoga Therapy Program, writes, and continues her private practice exploring how the practices and philosophy of yoga can heal trauma and guide inpiduals into a life of communal empowerment.

Kellie's alignment based classes are infused with humor, philosophy, poetry, self-inquiry, ethical explorations, education, and tools for carrying the practices of yoga off the mat. She teaches postures in layers with consistent encouragement to listen to the brilliance of one's own body / being. She believes that the practices of yoga offer us the opportunity to connect to the Grace within ourselves such that we can move as far as possible beyond our own being to cultivate connection in the world without losing recognition of Grace. She looks forward to seeing you on the mat!

Annie Mahon

Annie is the founder of Budding Yogis (2003) which became Circle Yoga, and she is the co-founder of DC Community Yoga / DC Yoga Week, Yoga on the National Mall, and the Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. Annie has been active in much of the grassroots community yoga and mindfulness activities in the Washington DC Area. She has been a student of yoga and mindfulness since the 1990's and a teacher since 2001. She is also a writer and published her second book, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food with Parallax Press in 2015. Read Annie's mindfulness blog at Join Annie's email list for tips on how to be present and at ease in your daily life.

Annie holds masters degrees in both Computer Science, from the University of Michigan, and Religious Studies from Howard University. She was ordained by her mindfulness teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, in 2009 with the ordination name True Blue Lake, and became a licensed massage therapist in 2011.

Annie's first yoga teacher training was with Suzie Hurley at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2004, and Annie was one of the country's first certified Children's Yoga teachers. She is a certified Focusing professional and has studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication (NVC), witchcraft, trauma-informed clinical practice, and many other modalities.

In 2010, Annie created The Pink House Foundation, giving grants to social justice organizing for frontline communities. Annie transformed the Circle Yoga LLC into a worker-owned cooperative in 2014 because she is a strong supporter of cooperative economics and democratic governance. She is especially interested in how to redistribute land, wealth and power.

Yael Flusberg

Yael Flusberg was fortunate to find yoga in her mid-20s in the midst of a crisis of faith and identity. Her first teacher was a physically petite and spiritually grand octogenarian named Ruby Blue. Ruby inspired within Yael a belief that yoga can be a lifelong practice with sustained effort and regular recalibration. Because of her experiments in using yoga to heal herself, she is especially interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga practices and philosophy, particularly with folks dealing with stress and trauma. An integrative yoga therapist with more than 1,000 hours of training, Yael has taught yoga since 2005 at area hospitals, hospices, libraries, workplaces, schools, community gardens, and yoga studios. Her creative, improvisational, and irreverent yoga classes draw upon her background as a Reiki Master Teacher, Board-Certified Polarity Therapist, leadership coach, organizational facilitator, and poet.

What to expect in class
Because each one of us is affected by a mix of genetic, lifestyle, cultural, and environmental conditions, there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all yoga practice. Yael's classes aim to integrate a range of yogic techniques to help you continually explore how to come into balance, physically, energetically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. If you choose (and it's all about freedom of choice) you will play with inversions, backbends, and arm balances, as well as plenty of core strengthening and balance postures. Modifications, props and opting out of anything that doesn't feel right to you are all strongly encouraged, as is a disposition of curiosity.

Eduardo Guedez

Eduardo has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1994, teaching since 2007, and co-leading the YTT programs at Circle Yoga since 2017. He has been initiated into the Sri Vidya lineage of the Himalayan Sages. Eduardo’s teaching approach is grounded in the biomechanics of alignment, functional movement, pranayama, and yoga philosophy.

In addition to being a Certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher by the Himalayan Institute, Eduardo is an E-RYT 500, YACEP and a certified Steel Mace instructor. He is also a dedicated student of Karlakattai (wooden Indian clubs), a functional practice of body-mind-breath conditioning developed by ancient Tamil warriors of southern India. Eduardo holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and recently retired from Corporate IT after a 30 year career. He is co-owner and executive director of StoneSong Awareness & Nature Center where he leads programs that integrate yoga, meditation, and forest stewardship in the Allegany mountains of Western Maryland.

Denise Alston

Denise Alston, PhD, E-RYT 500 trained as a Kripalu teacher in 2003 and later received her Level 1 ParaYoga teacher and Four Desires coach certifications. She also is an Ayurveda Yoga specialist with training at the Himalayan Institute. She blends these and other experiences to provide guidance to clients seeking resonance of spirit, mind, and body. Learn more about Denise at

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