Yoga Therapy For Arthritis

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Wednesday 3/3/2021 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 3/10/2021 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 3/17/2021 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

$140.00 Yoga Therapy For Arthritis

This 4-part workshop series will draw extensively from research on ways that yoga can benefit the symptoms of various forms of arthritis. Looking at the condition from a yoga therapy perspective, we will explore practices that may go beyond what you have encountered in group yoga classes. Each session will include adapted poses to improve joint function, breath and meditation exercises to reduce pain, discussion of the underlying physiology of arthritis, and self-inquiry to develop home practices that maximize benefits. Each participant will do a brief intake interview and mid-series check-in (via Zoom or phone) to help customize a routine to address the student's individual challenges. No prior yoga experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.

This workshop series is offered live on Zoom, and it will also be recorded. Videos will be available starting 24 hours after each live class and through Tuesday, March 31.

The $140 fee covers the 4-week series. The co-op member fee is $120. Not a member? Learn more and join today. 

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.