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    Yoga for Women

    Call 415-600-0500 or email Diane Cameron for more information. Join the next session of Gentle Yoga for Women or Pelvic Floor Yoga.

    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 yoga is a healing modality which assists one’s ability to cope and improves one’s sense of well-being.

    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 with, 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 sometimes often with props. Participants need to be able to get up and down from the floor unassisted. Survivors of gynecological cancer or breast cancer receive their first six-week session of gentle yoga or pelvic floor yoga 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.

    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.

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

    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, or a lack of restraint over the bladder and bowels. Through yoga focused on the pelvic floor, we can rebuild strength, ease pelvic pain and create a more joyful sex life. She grew 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 has been a pure delight for the last 4 years.