Wading Back In: Yoga Therapy To Balance Your Nervous System

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Wednesday 6/2/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6/9/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6/16/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6/23/2021 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

$140.00 Wading Back In: Yoga Therapy To Balance Your Nervous System

The past year has offered us unprecedented challenges as well as unexpected opportunities to be more mindful in how we spend our time and energy. As we start to return to more normal activities, we may encounter a range of energetic, emotional and physical challenges from our time in quarantine. These include grief, guilt, ongoing anxiety, excitement, and/or relief and may reside alongside physical tightness, weakness, tension, fatigue or restlessness. Disturbances to the status quo, as we've all experienced this past year, can leave the nervous system unbalanced, which can perpetuate patterns of stress even as we emerge from the pandemic.

In this workshop series we will utilize a range of yoga therapy techniques including breath work, meditation, movement, writing and reflection to examine habits we've created during a year-plus of quarantine. We will explore which new habits we may want to hold onto and which need to be counteracted to allow us to return to balance. Each participant will have the opportunity to do an intake interview and mid-series check-in (via Zoom or phone). No prior yoga experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.

The co-op member fee for this series is $120. Not a member? Learn more and join today. This workshop will be offered on Zoom. It will also be recorded, and registered students will be able to access the videos through Wednesday, June 30.

Alex Phelan

As a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500, I have completed over 1,000 teaching hours and have been teaching yoga since 2009. Exploring within the diverse traditions of yoga has been a profoundly transformative experience for me and I aim to share my own sense of wonder and empowerment with each of my students and clients.

I completed a 500-hour teacher training with YogaWorks in New York 2010 and since then have had the good fortune to be able to continue studying with many inspiring and influential teachers on topics ranging from restorative yoga to meditation to breath to anatomy. Since 2019, I have been enrolled in the Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health with an anticipated graduation as a Yoga Therapist in July of 2021.

I have worked in a variety of settings from PT clinics to yoga studios to community and workplace sites. All of these experiences infuse my approach to ensure that each student or client is offered a balanced practice that is appropriately challenging and therapeutically matched to their needs and goals.

What to expect in class

My classes are anatomically-focused explorations of the relationship between our internal landscape and movement of the breath and body. I combine the influences of yogic alignment, biomechanical principles, and dynamic movement with a focused attention to the breath and internal sensation. I rarely use music in my classes but instead prefer to follow the rhythms of the body to focus the mind. I encourage students to take a light-hearted approach to their practice that prioritizes curiosity and exploration over rigidity or perfection.