Facilitated by Kirsten Higgins
Cost: $35 pre-registration / $40 at the door
This seasonal therapeutic workshop will weave in concepts from Ayurveda (the sister-science of yoga) into a yoga asana and meditation practice.You will be briefly introduced to Ayurveda and the doshas, as they relate to the seasons (in particular, our bodies’ relationships to the seasons). Learn how we can stay more in balance during the fall, or the Vata Season. (No previous knowledge of Ayurveda is required.)
Fall, the Vata season, brings a natural excess of movement as the natural world changes its appearance dramatically. The yoga & meditation practice will focus on balancing vata by bringing in the earth element. We will first move through a slow, meditative vinyasa flow utilizing dristi (eye gaze) and earth element imagery. After gently warming our bodies, we will stretch and relax deeply using yin & restorative poses, which are all done on the floor (seated or lying down). We will finish with an extended guided meditation, yoga nidra (“yogic sleep”), to restore our nervous systems and fully soak up the intention of the practice.
An added bonus: we will finish with a lighthearted mindful eating exercise using fruit or chocolate. You will take home a handout of Ayurvedic guidelines for fall that can be integrated into your life this season. Expect both your immune system and your creativity to receive a boost from this practice! Enjoy leaving with increased sense of gratitude, calm, and grounded-ness.
Format will include:
Yoga asana (posture): vinyasa flow yoga, yin, restorative
Mindful eating exercise
Kirsten received her 800-hour certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy, holds a master’s degree in Special Education, and is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Certified Personal Trainer. As a Certified Yoga Therapist, and Trauma- Informed Yoga Teacher, she has specialized in working with individuals healing from an injury or practicing with a chronic condition, individuals struggling with anxiety or depression, couples, children with autism, and expectant mothers. She has studied various styles of yoga: Anusara, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Restorative, Tantra and Yin.