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    Gentle Yoga for Women

    This ongoing class is intended for those who are new to yoga, those who may be coping with chronic health issues, or those seeking a gentle practice to support their overall wellness and healing process. Each sequence will include the basic principles of movement, alignment, and breathing awareness. Bonnie Maeda, your lead instructor, believes that yoga is a healing modality which assists one’s ability to cope and improves one’s sense of well-being.

    Survivors of gynecological cancer or breast cancer receive their first six-week session free of charge.

    Gentle Yoga Faculty

    Bonnie Maeda, R.N., has been practicing lyengar-style yoga since 1995, and is a graduate of the Yoga Room Advanced Studies Program. She is a certified Relax and Renew teacher of Judith Hanson Lasater's program. Bonnie believes yoga is available to everyone-people of all ages, abilities and body types. Bonnie teaches the Friday yoga classes. In addition to teaching yoga, Bonnie is a certified instructor for the Arthritis Foundation’s Exercise program.

    Sarah Elias is a yoga teacher in both the Iyengar and Kripalu traditions and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She encourages self-inquiry and breathing awareness in a gentle transformative practice. Sarah has an eye for subtle alignment and sensitively modifies poses according to individual needs. She has taught Gentle Yoga for Health and Healing at The Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for the past 2.5 years. She also teaches Healing Yoga at 4th Street Yoga in Berkeley. Sarah is excited to create a nurturing new yoga class at CPMC. Sarah teaches the Tuesday afternoon classes and is a substitute for the Friday classes.

    Eve Fleishman is certified as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in the Viniyoga tradition with Gary Kraftsow. She has over 1000 hours of training in body awareness and chronic health conditions and has been practicing yoga since 1999. Eve is also a professional singer and enjoys helping students explore the healing qualities of sound through movement. She is especially interested in using yoga as a tool for stress reduction. In addition, Eve is a certified instructor for the Arthritis Foundation’s Exercise program.

    Patricia P. Jiron started practicing yoga in 1998 while working as a professional modern dancer. She received her yoga certification from the Iyengar based Piedmont Studies Program in Oakland and has received extensive training in the graduate program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley with teachers Donald Moyer and Mary Lou Weprin. She has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2000 and brings more than 25 years of exploring the ways of the body to her practice. Also, Patricia is a certified instructor for the Arthritis Foundation’s Exercise program. She teaches on Tuesday afternoons and is one of our substitute teachers.

    Call 415-600-0500 or email camerod@sutterhealth.org for more information. Join the next session of Gentle Yoga for Women.