Looking for a way to fight the stress building up in your body and life? Hoping to find or renew a compassionate practice and way of being with yourself and in your body? Nervous about a new situation or have you had bad experiences in previous exercise-focused yoga classes? Whether you are hesitant or want to jump right into a potentially life-transforming and definitely life-affirming pastime, find answers you need in order to get ready for your first trauma-informed yoga class with Expressive Hearts!
What is Yoga?
- A practice that is more than 5,000 years old developed in the region of modern day India
- Yoga is an organized system of breathing and moving
- Yoga is characterized by physical postures which are held for a brief period of time
- Today, yoga is most often done on a mat on the floor but may also be practiced in a chair sitting up (we will do yoga on the floor unless specified)
What is Yoga at Expressive Hearts?
- At Expressive Hearts we practice yoga as a way of becoming more friendly with our body
- We offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment
- Allison is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher certified by Sundara Yoga Therapy and the Overcome Anxiety Project Nonprofit
- Our presentation of yoga is NOT religious
- We cultivate strength and flexibility but also encourage students to take care of themselves and not force through pain or strain
- We emphasize self-awareness and self-regulation by using yoga techniques such as deep, mindful breathing, a strong physical core and an upright, well supported spine
- We do no hands-on, physical assists during yoga classes at Expressive Hearts
- We discourage competition and encourage each student’s personal exploration of the postures and breathing practices for their own benefit
- We encourage curiosity and interest in the body and the subjective experience in the moment
- We are always open to feedback from students and welcome your input regarding yoga with us!
How do I get started?
- Visit www.expressiveheartscounseling.com/yoga to find out class times
- Email Allison if you have any questions or concerns
- Arrive 10 minutes before class in order to pay, set up your practice space, and check in with Allison about your physical and/or emotional state.
- Wear clothing appropriate for physical activity (sweatpants, t-shirt, or whatever is comfortable)
- We have all the yoga gear that you will need but feel free to bring your own mat if you have one