Studies are showing more and more how vital the practice of stretching is to our overall health and well-being. No longer is stretching relegated to pre- or post-workout, with its only goal being to help avoid injury from intense exercise. The benefits of deep and focused stretching go far beyond injury prevention.
In this class, done mostly while seated on chairs, you will learn how to stretch each muscle group deeply and safely, from the head, down to the toes. This type of class is suitable for everyone, and particularly ideal for athletes, seniors, pregnant women, and anyone with injuries that prevent sitting on the floor. Regular stretching will enhance any yoga practice but is also great for those who have never tried, don't like, or don't think they can do regular yoga, giving yoga teachers and studios an alternative class to bring in students that normally would shun a “yoga” class.
In this workshop we will learn:
Beatrice B. Mattaway, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is the founder and owner of Willow Tree Yoga. She received her 200- and 500- hour Yoga Alliance certification through Yoga Mountain in New City. Beatrice took her first yoga class and began meditating when she was 6 years old, living in Japan. In her early 30s, she spent two years living in an ashram in India, where she practiced yoga, meditation, and chanting daily. Beatrice encourages her students to deeply experience the poses by taking time to see how the mind and the body responds to the work done in class. Not one to take herself too seriously, Beatrice’s classes are very relaxed, sprinkled with silliness and humor, allowing her students, from advanced to absolute beginners, to feel totally welcomed and safe to explore yoga in a very personal way. Class intensity varies depending on the experience and ability level of students in any given class.