Meditation and Yoga for Women
Call 415-600-0500 for more information about the following classes.
Meditation for Women
The Wisdom of Meditation: Caring for Ourselves
Whether you are new to meditation or wishing to refresh your practice, this six-week class offers an introduction to methods of meditation. Through guided practice and reflection, we will focus on our inherent well-being that is always with us, beneath the turbulence of our thoughts, emotions and physical pain. We will explore ways of transforming our own mind, and the effect that can have on our quality of life.
This class will provide:
- Meditation instruction for beginners.
- Short periods of sitting chair meditation with guided practice and reflection.
- Discussion on benefits of meditation, including recent scientific research.
- Guided meditations on expanding our compassion, and our capacity to be mindfully present through the senses, such as working with sound and sensations of pain.
- Integrating meditation into daily life.
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Rosa Kocher brings more than 20 years of experience, as both an instructor and a practitioner of meditation and contemplative practice, drawing from both eastern and western lineages. She integrates her professional training in grief support, hospice and end-of-life care, as well as 25 years in her practice of medical massage therapy. She has found the importance of compassion practice, starting with self-compassion, as support for meditation to be a key to success.
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Yoga for Women
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, the lead instructor, believes yoga is a healing modality which assists with one’s ability to cope and improves one’s sense of well-being.
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Pelvic Floor Yoga for Women
The often underestimated and misunderstood pelvic floor will be the focus of this yoga series. Through yoga and mindfulness learn to connect, strengthen and relax the muscles that span the opening at the bottom of the pelvis.
For both the gentle yoga and pelvic floor yoga classes, the poses are done seated, standing and on the floor often with props. Participants need to be able to get up and down from the floor unassisted. Survivors of gynecological cancer receive their first six-week session of gentle yoga or pelvic floor yoga free of charge.
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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 be enjoyed by everyone - people of all ages, abilities and body types. Bonnie teaches the Friday yoga 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. Eve teaches the Saturday yoga classes and is one of our substitute teachers.
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. She teaches on Tuesday afternoons and is one of our substitute teachers.
Nancy Yates has been teaching yoga for the past 19 years. She began practicing yoga 38 years ago after a back injury left her unable to walk for a year. She believes her work with seniors, teens, disabled communities, and those with chronic illness has accelerated her teaching abilities. Nancy is an observer who works from her inner voice, heart, and past experience of studying various yoga disciplines (Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga) with some of the best teachers in the world. She approaches her teaching as a service that opened her experience of understanding that sensory awareness and the healing quality of breath is available to everyone.
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Pelvic Floor Yoga Faculty
Kimmy Carter arrived at Yoga Works teacher training in 2010 with no intention to teach. After 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she learned there are holistic methods that heal the self. She came home from training and learned all she could about pelvic floor yoga. Kimmy learned it was possible to heal from incontinence(a lack of restraint over the bladder and bowels). Yoga focused on the pelvic floor helps to rebuild strength, ease pelvic pain, and create a more joyful sex life. She has grown into her passion to help others discover the connection to the shamed and under-discussed, yet significant part of the human body. Kimmy now has close to 1000 training hours in yoga, therapeutic yoga and pelvic floor yoga therapy. Teaching, for her, has been a pure delight for the last several years.
Susan McCormick has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years and teaching since 2008 after completing the advanced studies training with Tony Briggs. She is currently in the Iyengar certification training program and studies regularly with senior Iyengar teacher, Manouso Manos. Her interest in strengthening her pelvic floor to avoid surgery led her to seek out experts in the fields of physical therapy and pelvic floor yoga. She received teacher training and certification to teach pelvic floor work from yoga teacher, Leslie Howard, and is an instructor for UCSF’s ongoing study on incontinence and yoga. Empowering women who are struggling with the effects of pelvic floor dysfunction is important to her and evident in her gentle but firm manner of teaching.
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