CONNIE DYER  Hatha Yoga  I’m always looking for new ways within the ancient, powerful practice of yoga to release habitual patterns and discover genuinely nourishing, integrative movement. In my classes we explore our range of motion creatively and playfully in familiar postures and movement, uncovering new opportunities for stretch, challenge, and relaxing integrative release.   Yoga is essentially an embodiment practice. We make contact with ourselves on many levels through movement, conscious awareness, and breath; we discover from moment-to-moment just how our body wants to move and express itself and gradually learn how to let that movement happen. My goal in teaching  is to help you find that freedom and to enjoy moving into and authentically being in your body.  March 12, 2018 Facebook post by Connie Dyer: Ganesh Mohan, son of A.G. Mohan, recently noted on a private Facebook group page that any movement inquiry is yoga if it helps you “reduce suffering and bring well-being to body and mind.” And that THAT inquiry—not postural “form”—is "classical" asana, the yoga of Patanjali. He encouraged us to experiment, to study other modalities, like Feldenkrais, to be willing to break what we imagine is conventional wisdom or “rules” in exploring postural form. Another commentor posed a corollary, that “efficiency and effectiveness” are not perhaps to be pre-determined by the teacher, but to be experienced (discovered) by the student.  Yes! We are actually teaching the inquiry, the “practice”, the way of being, of experiencing. We can shape that inquiry by teaching students how to observe and comprehend what they experience, by bringing them into an awareness of the body-being and its dynamic, ever adapting potential for growth and transformation. We can share paths we’ve followed, point out what we and others have noticed, uncovered, found useful/interesting - and yes—notions of efficiency and effectiveness, of respect and safety, can be an important part of that sharing...but those things are just starting poInts for students’ experience.  We are not teaching students how to “perform” or “perfect” some ideal form of asana or breath, or even to master a prescribed “variation” or “adaptation”. We are not teaching form at all really except as it arises incidentally along the way. We are teaching ways of discovering, appreciating, enjoying, and growing from it—how to be aware of and to support our own continuous movement and form-ing in the midst of life, from moment to moment. This is the understanding I gathered from my time with Ganesh’s father, A. G. Mohan.  I observed during that period,that people learning to practice and teach asana often yearn for the comfort of certainty, of rules, prescriptions—patterns—when actually yoga is about recognizing and continuously releasing all sorts of patterns. A useful pattern serves temporarily to help us break a previous limiting one. But ALL patterns must be released, over and over as we grow and change. This I learned from Rudi and from Swami Chetanananda.  We are bound up in the limitations and delusions of linear time and space, but this is the secret meaning of Mohan and Desikachar’s multi-leveled principle “start where you are”. It is ultimately a dynamic flowing, moment to moment and breath to breath inquiry, not a static assessment and plan. Though it seems like that and certainly serves us along the way as we grow.

CONNIE DYER

Hatha Yoga

I’m always looking for new ways within the ancient, powerful practice of yoga to release habitual patterns and discover genuinely nourishing, integrative movement. In my classes we explore our range of motion creatively and playfully in familiar postures and movement, uncovering new opportunities for stretch, challenge, and relaxing integrative release.

      GRETCHEN KREIGER   The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind ®  The style of yoga I teach, The Thinking Body–The Feeling Mind®, shares many postures and philosophies with classical hatha yoga. The conscious expression of movement, inner awareness, and purposeful use of breath are key elements of both traditions. I believe the riches that come from a mindful movement practice have great potential to sustain our physical lives and support our spirit. My classes have less intense, repetitive movement than a vinyasa flow class and more choreographed moments than a classic hatha yoga class. Everyone is encouraged to practice with respect for their own body and needs at each session. I'll be teaching this summer from July 7 through September 2. Join me from 8:00-9:30 a.m. any Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

GRETCHEN KREIGER

The Thinking Body, The Feeling Mind®

The style of yoga I teach—The Thinking Body–The Feeling Mind®—shares many postures and philosophies with classic hatha yoga. The conscious expression of movement, inner awareness, and purposeful use of breath are key elements of both traditions. I believe the riches that come from a mindful movement practice have great potential to sustain our physical lives and support our spirit. My classes have less intense, repetitive movement than a vinyasa flow class and more choreographed moments than a classic hatha yoga class. Everyone is encouraged to practice with respect for their own body and needs at each session.

      Jennifer Cho Kain:   Yoga Flows, Restorative Yoga   Jennifer Cho Kain grew up in Los Angeles, California with rich exposure to the performing arts, dance and yoga beginning in her early teens. Her love of movement as a means of expression as well as healing informs her style as a yoga teacher. Her classes incorporate dynamic movement as part of a yoga practice to increase somatic awareness as well as fluidity, flexibility, balance and strength in the body/mind.   Her main area of study in yoga has been adapting yoga to the needs of the individual in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya, TVK Desikachar, and BKS Iyengar. Kundalini yoga as well as various forms of Hatha and Vinyasa flow sequencing also influence her teaching. She has practiced Buddhist meditation for a number of years and encourages a gentle focus on the natural breath as part of movement awareness.   She graduated from The Movement Center's Hatha Teacher Training Program in June 2013 and has continued her studies and completed a 6- month intensive with International meditation teacher Thomas Huebl in his Authentic Awakening Advanced course as well as courses in trauma and its impact on the brain through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

Jennifer Cho Kain:

Yoga Flows, Restorative Yoga

Jennifer Cho Kain grew up in Los Angeles, California with rich exposure to the performing arts, dance and yoga beginning in her early teens. Her love of movement as a means of expression as well as healing informs her style as a yoga teacher. Her classes incorporate dynamic movement as part of a yoga practice to increase somatic awareness as well as fluidity, flexibility, balance and strength in the body/mind.

      Jennifer Siegel   Therapeutic Yoga-Individual sessions   I am an 500+ hour IYT trained Yoga Therapist with a lifetime of experience as a body worker, dancer and yogi. I've been teaching yoga since I stopped being a hospice massage therapist in 2009. My understanding of muscle, connective tissue and nerves combined with my professional experiences influence the way I teach.  I'm a trauma sensitive teacher skilled in working with pain, chronic illness, PTSD and depression. I gladly modify my classes to accommodate yogis of any age or experience levels.  My yoga teacher training started by studying Yin Yoga with author, scientist and yogi Bernie Clark in 2008. Since then I've studied and taught many forms of yoga and meditation. In my classes I pull from everything I know, including somatic retraining, to create a deep sense of peace in mind, body and spirit. My goal as a Yoga Therapist and teacher is for you to be able to help yourself with the therapeutic movements, breath and ideas we work with in class so you may live more easily in your skin.         

Jennifer Siegel

Therapeutic Yoga - Individual Sessions

I am an 500+ hour IYT trained Yoga Therapist with a lifetime of experience as a body worker, dancer and yogi. I've been teaching yoga since I stopped being a hospice massage therapist in 2009. My understanding of muscle, connective tissue and nerves combined with my professional experiences influence the way I teach.  I'm a trauma sensitive teacher skilled in working with pain, chronic illness, PTSD and depression. I gladly modify my classes to accommodate yogis of any age or experience levels.

      JESSE SWEENEY, RYT500   Chi Core Yoga, Core Centricity, Individual Yoga Training   Jesse teaches Chi Core Yoga, a dynamic, energizing flowing yoga form which he developed and refined over more than a decade.  His study began with dance then moved into martial arts, yoga and Chi Gong.  He has woven aspects of all of these into this unique yoga form.  Chi Core yoga enhances balance, flexibility, energy flow and strength within a dynamic movement sequence.  It teaches your body how to function as an integrated unit and can be adapted to all levels and ages of participation.  Jesse gives personal attention to each member of the class so they can be comfortably challenged or go all out for a strong workout.   Included in the class is an overview of the fundamental principles of movement so that each student can learn to make safe, effective, supported movements. Each class begins with Chi Gong or meditation then moves into a sequence of poses or free form movements.  You will come away feeling conditioned, energized and rejuvenated … and it’s fun too!  Join him any  Wednesday from 4:30-5:45 p.m.

JESSE SWEENEY, RYT500

Chi Core Yoga, Core Centricity, Individual Yoga Training

Jesse teaches Chi Core Yoga, a dynamic, energizing flowing yoga form which he developed and refined over more than a decade.  His study began with dance then moved into martial arts, yoga and Chi Gong.  He has woven aspects of all of these into this unique yoga form.  Chi Core yoga enhances balance, flexibility, energy flow and strength within a dynamic movement sequence.  It teaches your body how to function as an integrated unit and can be adapted to all levels and ages of participation.

      LINDSEY GEORGE  Hatha Yoga (All Levels)  It’s my intention to facilitate an experience in yoga class that is meaningful for you, and yields profound relaxation. Anyone is welcome to attend my  Thursday 5:45-7:00PM Hatha Yoga  class.  Poses are simple, yet intense, and are held with a concentrated focus which can sometimes feel harder than it looks.  I encourage you to pay attention to the strong sensations that arise and move into a place of stillness.

LINDSEY GEORGE

Hatha Yoga (All Levels)

It’s my intention to facilitate an experience in yoga class that is meaningful for you, and yields profound relaxation. Anyone is welcome to attend my Thursday 5:45-7:00PM Hatha Yoga class.  Poses are simple, yet intense, and are held with a concentrated focus which can sometimes feel harder than it looks.  I encourage you to pay attention to the strong sensations that arise and move into a place of stillness.

      Maggie Daly, RYT200  $5 YOGA (on the gentle side)  This gently paced class is styled in the tradition of The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® movement modality of Linda Lack, Ph.D.  Part yoga, part dance-inspired, Maggie's thoughtful and thorough teaching is guaranteed to get your energy moving in the morning.  Join her any T hursday from 8:15-9:30 a.m.   A fair amount of this class is spent sitting or lying on the floor, so you'll need to be able to transition up and down without too much trouble.

Maggie Daly, RYT200

$5 Yoga (On the Gentle Side)

This gently paced class is styled in the tradition of The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind movement modality of Linda Lack, Ph.D.  Part yoga, part dance-inspired, and fully and deeply guaranteed to get your energy moving in the morning.  Join Maggie any Thursday from 8:15-9:30 a.m.  A fair amount of this class is spent sitting or lying on the floor, so you'll need to be able to transition up and down without too much trouble.

      Michelle Valentino   Senior's Yoga   Michelle teaches Seniors Yoga, Moving for Mobility, and self care classes and workshops. She is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, and has studied QiGong with Master Liu He of Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, Core Awareness with Liz Koch, and The Thinking Body- The Feeling Mind® with Linda Lack, Ph.D. She is a faculty member of TMC's 200-hour yoga teacher training.  Michelle is passionate about the importance of attending to foot health and function as a basis for overall wellness. She is certified as a Healthy Foot Practitioner™ and received her training through the Restorative Exercise Institute established by Katy Bowman, author of Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief.  The training involves a thorough education of foot mechanics, how foot function affects whole-body health, and the role of footwear on foot health and foot pain.

Michelle Valentino

Senior's Yoga

Michelle teaches Seniors Yoga, Moving for Mobility, and self care classes and workshops. She is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, and has studied QiGong with Master Liu He of Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, Core Awareness with Liz Koch, and The Thinking Body- The Feeling Mind® with Linda Lack, Ph.D. She is a faculty member of TMC's 200-hour yoga teacher training.

      Ruth Knight, ERYT500   “Breathe & Be Calm” Stress Management Classes   When we are able to move or feel intentionally, with our whole being present, aligned and flowing inside our breath and body, it's possible to connect with the essential energy underlying our health and creativity.  You can call this your spirit, soul, the Divine, the higher Self, or God.  Having experienced this within your individual self, it's possible to connect with and experience the divine in others and begin to understand that every one of us is connected within the eco-system of our beautiful, sacred planet Earth.  This understanding is the foundation of my yoga teaching.  Having such a depth of contact within ourselves is not complicated, but it's not always so easy. We all have a lot of distractions and day-to-day tensions. Learning to relax body and mind and connect lovingly with our breathing is a good place to start.  Making some time every day to breath and relax is a significant way to support your health and happiness.   I’ve taught yoga and meditation for 30 plus years, been director of and a main faculty person for The Movement Center’s yoga teacher training program. Within that context, my main area of practice, study, and teaching has always been the breath as a simple, accessible means for creating upward shifts in our awareness.   At this point in my teaching, although no longer offering asana classes (yoga poses), I'm available to work individually or in small groups with students who want coaching on how to relax and breathe more fully.      

Ruth Knight, ERYT500

“Breathe & Be Calm” Stress Management Classes

Stress is inevitable. I believe that each of us has an internal power, a spirit, that is pre-existing and with us regardless of what we encounter in our life.  I was inspired to create the Breathe and Be Calm program because I’ve always found my breath to be an invaluable ally for calming my mind, and elevating my state. 

       SADHVI PARĀNANDĀ    Movement Center Senior Teacher, Yoga and Meditation Instructor   Sadhvi is a senior teacher at The Movement Center. She received her first teacher training certificate in 1976, and since then, she has taught both yoga and meditation at TMC. Her classes emphasize the importance of releasing tensions in the body and in the mind to help students let go of the barriers preventing them from understanding their own true nature. Her goal is for students to walk away with an understanding of the flow of energy that powers and guides their lives.   In addition to classes in yoga, pranayama and meditation, Sadhvi teaches Spiritual Leadership, Public Speaking and CPR/First Aid for The Movement Center.   

SADHVI PARĀNANDĀ

Movement Center Director,
Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Sadhvi is a senior meditation teacher at The Movement Center. She received her first teacher training certificate in 1976, and since then, she has taught both yoga and meditation at TMC. Her classes emphasize the importance of releasing tensions in the body and in the mind to help students let go of the barriers preventing them from understanding their own true nature.

 

      SARA GRIGSBY  Hatha Yoga (All Levels)  For me the miracle of yoga is that it reminds me again and again that we have choices and options in our life.  Almost every way we spend our time, in work, relationships, commuting, errands, entertainment, tends to draw our focus outward, loosen our connection to our heart, and drain us energetically.  I say “almost” because a regular yoga practice retrains our focus, replenishes our body and spirit, and reminds us that we can take that experience into our daily life.  When we feel better, we can be a better friend and a better citizen.  My role is to create an environment in which you can contact and cultivate well-being and carry it into your life.  Join me any  Monday from 4:30-5:45PM.

SARA GRIGSBY

Hatha Yoga (All Levels)

For me the miracle of yoga is that it reminds me again and again that we have choices and options in our life.  Almost every way we spend our time, in work, relationships, commuting, errands, entertainment, tends to draw our focus outward, loosen our connection to our heart, and drain us energetically.  I say “almost” because a regular yoga practice retrains our focus, replenishes our body and spirit, and reminds us that we can take that experience into our daily life.

       Susan Marshall ERYT200    Feldenkrais - Awareness through Movement ® ,   Somatic Yoga ®  Influenced by yoga and martial arts in the middle of the last century, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement. His approach was to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way.  Learn how to bring more ease into your daily movements: breathing, walking, turning, reaching, expanded breathing, safer pelvic movement, freeing your back and more.  Susan Marshall, ERYT-200, has taught hatha yoga through the Movement Center since 2002. As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she also sees students for individual hands on sessions.  She is also the former Executive Director of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.     
 
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Susan Marshall ERYT200

Feldenkrais - Awareness through Movement®,
Somatic Yoga®

Influenced by yoga and martial arts in the middle of the last century, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement. His approach was to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way.