MY ANATOMY: YIN FOR YOU
For everyone! With focus on:
Sept 2nd - Running Muscles
Sept 9th - Ball & Socket Joints (hips and shoulders)
Sept 16th - Sciatica/Lower Back Pain
Sept 23rd - Upper Body/Neck Pain
Anatomy Intro: 7 minutes
Yin yoga: 63 minutes
Shavasana: has 5 minutes
My Anatomy will begin with 7 minutes of lecture and open questions about the selected anatomy focused on for the sequence. Information on common injuries and how to safely practice Yin Yoga poses for preventative injury. This class is a compliment to the yang intensity of our daily lives, with specific focus on movement and structure of the body.
This class comes to you from the East coast and the West coast. We honor the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people and unceded ancestral lands of the Lepate, Canarsee and Rockaway people. The land we occupy is on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples in Seattle and Lepate peoples in Brooklyn. We honor the indegenous traditions of the ancestors and also the people still here today who carry those traditions forward.
Emails: Gr3tarose@gmail.com, veronicadyeLMT@gmail.com
Our bodies ask for ways to release tension that aren’t always accessible in a strictly guided practice. Physical expression can be an effective outlet for our harder-to-face emotions, however deep they reside in our subconscious.
Join your fellow Poseurs for Playtime: an hour long intuitive movement liberation practice, offered to help you cultivate, express, honor, and love your relationship with your body. Using physical and emotional prompts we will explore what it means to move mindfully with creativity and intuition closing out class with 10-15 minutes of stillness for integration. Playtime is for every body -- no previous movement or dance experience is required or expected.
Monthly playlists will be available to enhance creativity of your own expression, but you never have to move to a beat. The first few sessions will revolve around physical prompts that help you explore how your own body moves through space, and open possibilities for creativity in that movement. As we get to know patterns, we’ll begin to explore where our emotions live in our physical bodies and how to move through them.
A little about Chelb!
Chelb has been teaching dance to folks of all ages and abilities since 2009, and completed Practice School of Magic 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2019. Their focus is always to provide an empowering space for practitioners to find their own flow, and support each individual journey. You can get to know Chelb and ask any questions at their Instagram: @chelbawamba.
To be embodied means to be in relationship with the elements. Our bodies are made of the elements, and our world is made of the elements. In Yogic tradition the elements are called "Tattvas" and are literally the building blocks of our reality- the stuff that makes up our matrix.
Elementalism is an offering of attention and reflection on each of the four classical elements as we may experience them in the body. Creating deeper relationship to the elements is a great way to focus your yoga practice, and become a more creative participant in your experience of reality.
Each week we will spend an hour focusing on one element. Come to one or come to them all!
September 7th - AIR
September 14th - FIRE
September 21st - WATER
September 28th - EARTH
Each class will begin with a brief overview of the element and its powers, a gentle movement and asana practice, a visualization practice and a meditation. Come dressed comfortably and ready to chill. Practice can be on a carpeted surface, blanket or mat, and feel free to bring a journal, a tool that represents the element (not required) and any other blankets or props you might enjoy for the sitting practice.
Suggested donation $10- $20 no one turned away for lack of funds
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Super excited to be adding some super great new programming created and cultivated by some of our teachers this fall! Emily W will be offering a weekly restorative practice on Sunday nights called Prop 'n' Drop, check it out!!!
Prop ‘n’ Drop // restorative yoga
Restorative yoga is a practice for the nervous system. The poses are specifically designed to gently stimulate different parts of our nervous system—the sympathetic get-up-and-go energy and the parasympathetic resting and calming energy—to become more balanced. Through restorative, we build capacity to work with our nervous system responses in our everyday lives. Props are an integral part of restorative poses. They collaborate with gravity to support every part of your body, signaling it to release tension and helping your body receive the intended action of the pose. In restorative, we let the poses, props, and gravity do the physical work. Our own work is to drop in—turn our attention inward and be present with our moment-to-moment experience of what we feel in our body.
This weekly class will include a grounding practice, warm-up stretches, pranayama (breathing exercise), and 4-6 restorative poses. Sometimes there will be journaling/drawing time, tarot, and longer meditation. It’s recommended that you find a place to practice that is quiet and dimly lit—this helps reduce your sensing of the external environment and turn up your internal awareness.
Props you’ll need for a typical class (be creative to use what you have):
Mat or carpeted surface
2 large, relatively firm cushions—bolsters, bed pillows, blankets, couch cushions
1-2 bath towels or similar sized blankets
1 washcloth or hand towel
Eye covering—t-shirt, washcloth, piece of fabric, lightweight sand pillow
Extra pillows, towels, and blankets
Block or thick book
Strap, bathrobe tie, scarf, necktie, rolled up towel, soft belt
Suggested donation to Emily Wright $10-20
Hey Community! After speaking to a few folks in the community about what its been like practicing from home and remotely, we came up with an idea for a cool new community practice to encourage and develop a home sitting practice.
Finding the discipline and structure to sit daily took me years, and it really is the support of my teacher that got me this far. I am excited to offer "Morning Magic" a 40 minute morning routine to help us all wake up with community, intention, and meditation. The gathering will take place via zoom and we encourage you to roll right out of bed and log on. The idea is that these practices will be the first thing (maybe go pee and get yourself comfortable, but you get it) so that there isn't any space to check the phone, email, get distracted.
We will spend 5-10 minutes journaling. This can look like anything. I have been writing down everything I can remember from my dreams, and then gratitude. But it can be intention, prayer, free writing, doodling- whatever feels right for you.
From there we will take 5-10 minutes to stretch (this will probably look like taking a couple yoga poses) and doing some conscious and gentle breath work.
Then we will spend 15 minutes in a silent sit. We will be offering mindfulness of the body and the breath, but if you have a mantra practice, or something different you are doing, that is awesome.
This offering is meant to be a platform for you to experiment with, and a structure of support and accountability in order to create positive change. Mornings are magic, and starting out this way makes a huge difference is the rest of the 24 hours. You may decide to sit longer, or opt out of pranayama- everyone is different.
So join in and see what comes of it for you!
Mondays 8:00am - 8:40 with Alexis
Wednesdays 6:30am - 7:10 with Emily
This offering is a suggested donation of $5.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.
We are experimenting with some different time options, and depending on how it goes, we may adjust that schedule. This is a temporary offering while we are all in quarantine, and we plan on running it twice weekly through the end of June. Reach out with questions! We will see you in the AM!
Hey community! We have a new offering from our Practice School of Magic grad and all around gift, Lil! Check it out!
Remote Moon Magic, a bi-monthly Yoga Nidra series centered around harnessing and raising energy through the New and Full moon, exploring intentionality, magic, deepening relationship with the lunar cycles, and exploring consciousness in the space between awake and asleep.
Each class will include a brief guided meditation specific to the astrological implications of the moon phase, 25 minutes of Yin yoga, followed by a Yoga Nidra practice. This practice is rooted in restoration and ease, and is all-levels. You will need a mat or carpeted surface that you can recline on comfortably, and one or two pillows.
Sliding scale, suggested donation $10-25 but no one turned away for lack of funds. This class occurs remotely by way of Zoom, twice a month on the New and Full moon, 8:30-9:45pm- feel free to virtually 'arrive' as early as 8:15pm.
Zoom links are updated in the google calendar, under the "classes" tab. Can't wait to practice with you!
Rolling with the reality of COVID-19 right now and as a lot of you already know, our class schedule is being greatly compromised in order to keep things on the cautious side and safe. Your health and well being is essential right now, and it is so important to take the best possible care of ourselves. With that, its so hard to be apart from each other. Our connection and spaces of community is a huge part of our holistic wellness, and it is important to be open to making this happen in any way we can.
We will be live-streaming a large majority of our classes until further notice. Truth is that some of the spaces we rent from might temporarily close. We are doing everything we can to keep the spaces clean and accessible but we have to adhere to what is safest for the community at large.
I would love it if you would join me tomorrow in your homes for our first live stream of one of our classes. I will be logging into YouTube Live at 10:45 am and class will run as normal from 11-noon. This will be my first time doing anything like this, and my computer is hella old, so if its a pretty low-fi vid, just know I am working as fast as I can to troubleshoot at the tech stuff and just keep classes going. Best case scenario we get through this and it becomes safe to be together again- but maybe this is an opportunity to grow our mission of accessibility and get a Poseurs T.V following! I will also add that I would love it if you would support the class with your donation the same way you would IRL. Please consider that as a real reality that all of us teachers at Poseurs are facing. We truly rely on YOU and your participation and donations to sustain the programming. THANK YOU!!!
Here is the link to the livestream https://youtu.be/bioiNAGwOnA
I hope it works. If it doesn't, the video will automatically upload to my YouTube page and I will share the link. Folks can then practice when ever it is best for them. Pretty cool! Please be patient with my learning!
Also, come to class, but be in the know. Please wash your hands before and after class and take extra care to sanitize your mat and props. Stay home and rest if you are not feeling well. We are disinfecting all the surfaces constantly, but it truly is an uphill battle. Let all take it day by day and stay connected.
I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in class, and online!!!
Hey Community! We are starting our "Body Talk" subtle body school back up next month with a full chakra workshop series. February will be focused on chakra theory and anatomy along with some info on the nervous system. This series will run bi-weekly over the next few months, and we will spend a full session learning meditation techniques and other wellness practices for each chakra. If you are interested you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. To attend the series, the two classes in February are required prerequisites for the rest of the session. Poseurs is always pay what you can, and we are asking for $10-$25 for each class. Please reach out with any questions!!!
Did you know we know offer weekly yoga at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle?? Our beloved Megan and some other rad Poseurs have been holding it down across the bridge and we are so grateful to them for growing Poseurs and our community at Youngstown! Check it out!!