Offered Tuesdays 10:30 am -12:00 pm (includes an extended guided Yoga Nidra**) and Fridays 10:30-11:45 am
This class is for everyone and offers a therapeutic form of movement. It is recommended to anyone who experiences chronic pain, illness, fatigue or would like to increase body awareness. Somatic yoga uses soft, slow, small joint freeing motions to investigate the body while moving with the breath. The awareness is on the internal experience and re-educating body movement. The majority of the class is done seated or lying down, allowing you to safely release hidden tension, align and strengthen the back, spine, core, pelvis, and shoulders.
Stress and trauma can cause us to become “stuck” in our physical movement patterns as well as our thoughts. These unconscious patterns are stored in the body as much as the brain. Yoga works on both the physical and subtle levels. By using poses (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama), somatic yoga opens constricted areas of the body and increase communication between the mind and body, releasing tension that would otherwise accumulate and prevent healing.
Traditional exercise and most yoga classes impose beneficial stress on the body, raising the heart rate, body temperature and oxygen consumption. In a yoga therapy class, the physical body is placed in positions that cultivate awareness, relaxation, and meditation. Tightness and strain are relieved and stress-related symptoms can greatly improve. Some of the specific healing benefits yoga therapy can offer are: relieve chronic pain, better sleep and energy levels, increase digestion, improve range of motion and flexibility, decrease anxiety and depression and strengthen the immune system.
**Deep Relaxation Through the Koshas, a form of Yoga Nidra, is experienced the last 25 minutes of class on Tuesdays. This five step guided relaxation is designed to bring participants into a state between wakefulness and sleep where deep healing occurs. Like a light with multiple shades covering its brightness, humans are made up of 5 layers of being called the Maya Koshas. Participants are brought inward through these layers using progressive muscle relaxation, breath awareness techniques, mind calming and beyond to find the True Self.
About Your Teacher: As a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Megan has completed studies on Yoga for Chronic Pain with Neil Pearson, The Psoas with Liz Koch, Laura Kupperman’s Yoga for Cancer Survivors training, Yoga for Grief with Antonio Sausys, LifeForce Yoga for depression and anxiety with Amy Weintraub, and Meditation in Movement Style Yoga with Lanita Varshell . Megan also holds a 100 hour certification to teach yoga specifically for cancer and cardiac therapy through Yoga of the Heart. If you would prefer to work one-on-one or with a partner, Megan is available for private Yoga Therapy sessions where you work together to create a personalized practice you can do at home. Please contact Megan at 262-767-1111 with any questions on this class or if you would like to schedule a private appointment.