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This class is designed to introduce Mindful Restorative Yoga as a practice to boost your immune system and increase mindful stress reduction and relaxation. Restorative Yoga will be limited in size as the postures are held in supportive positions with blankets and other immune boosting and stress reducing elements requiring more attention and adjustment. We have special eye pillows to help the mind relax and come back to the present moment while the body is in a supported posture (asana). The class will include guided meditation for stress reduction. Please bring a yoga mat (extras available) and a large towel. Erika has been practicing yoga for 25 years. She is committed to mindfulness meditation and has experienced many aspects of yoga, including Restorative Yoga, in a committed community of practitioners and mentors. Erika is also an artist and recalls that creating art is as necessary for her as breathing. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA, she used her strong imagination and creative thinking as a graphic designer for over 25 years. When she is not painting you can find her sipping tea in the sunlight, hiking with her dog, kayaking in the Potomac river, reading a good book by the fire or laughing with her children.
We welcome first timers, ongoing friends and experienced yoga practitioners. There is no charge for this class as it is a gift from the Crossroads Imagine community believing the world is changed as we become more calm and responsive in our circle of influence. • Please bring: Yoga mat and a light blanket or towel. (Extras are available) These weekly classes are designed to cultivate meditative and compassionate practice in body, mind and soul that translates into daily life. We will focus on breathing (pranayama) and asanas (postures) that will increase flexibility and core strength with modifications for more advanced learning. Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation) will close out our class as an evidenced-based practice proven to increase inner peace, calmness and stress reduction. "These four (breathing, postures, meditation and guided visualization) components (of yoga) are complementary with the outcome of: physical and mental fitness, management of emotions and stress, mind-body awareness, mindfulness and spirituality." Harvard Medical School Special Report, We can accommodate a larger group as the experience is designed supportive, community yoga practice as a journey inward, together and outward. We believe growth in compassion, forgiveness, service and inner wisdom can change the world one person, family and community at a time. To learn more about Imagine Well Being and the vision for all these offerings, please visit our website at liveimagining.com.
Join a relaxed yet focused series of yoga classes at our mountain top studio near Bluemont, Virginia. There is no charge for these classes as we encourage paying this gift forward through daily acts of service. We will begin on Wednesday, March 20th and meet six consecutive weeks. Each class will be a stand alone so attendance at all six classes is not required for participation. We encourage attendance at all classes as the more often you practice the greater the benefit. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat (plenty of extras to borrow) and a large towel. During each class we will explore and build a regular practice can be integrated at home and for every day engagement. Your practice will support a life of wellness, uniting and strengthening your body and mind. We give special focus on yoga as support for meditation. No matter what your life path, the discipline of meditation will take you deeper into being present for whatever life serves up. All levels are encouraged to attend. So if you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogini, these classes are designed to be helpful for your daily life. Now is the time to inspire your new life, from within. Kindle contentment while strengthening your physical body’s ability to respond to life’s challenges in a balanced way. Classes lead by George Drexel, a certified integrative yoga instructor, has been a yoga and meditation practitioner for over thirty years. He received his 200 hour teacher certificate from Joseph LePage in 2009.
Let's practice Spring Forest qigong at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn, Virginia, on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 10a.m. This is a very slow and gentle form of moving meditation. Beginners are welcome.