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CYI facilitates FREE group yoga and meditation experiences because we love what yoga and meditation really are and do; how these practices strengthen, stretch and destress our bodies; soothe, relax and decompress our minds; and open the emotions of our hearts. These practices have improved the quality of our lives by helping us feel alive and in sync with the flow and wholeness of life, connected to what matters most to us, and appreciative of everyday graces.

We believe these practices can improve the quality of your life too, especially when practiced in community with other people. If you’re interested in developing and sharing these practices that calm and quiet your mind, expand your heart, and connect you to the energy of your body, consider joining our community yoga movement.

Partnering with schools, health care providers, community organizations, churches and businesses, CYI provides affordable, inclusive and accessible yoga outreach programs designed to serve the unique needs of the whole community, including free yoga, qigong, and meditation sessions.

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Chair Yoga

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Community Yoga Initiative organizes FREE community chair yoga meet ups Wednesday evenings from 5pm-5:45pm (PT) at All Saints' Episcopal Church (3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside, California 92506).

Chair yoga is a gentle, accessible form of yoga that links the breath with movements supported by a chair. It's a wonderful way to stretch your body, relieve tension and relax from head to toe in a comfortable seated position. This class works with your body offering gentle stretching of connective tissue with the support of a chair. It can be very mind soothing and heart opening, and may help to increase inner calmness, gratitude and contentment.

Being able to move into and out of a chair is basic physical requirement for the yoga postures in this class. No experience is necessary and there is never a cost. Comfortable layered clothing is recommended.

If you are looking for a space to be - a space to stretch and experience the energy of your body - to calm and quiet your mind - to expand your heart - some breathing space - consider meeting up with us this Wednesday evening!

Kristin is facilitating this virtual chair yoga meet up.

Yin Yoga

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Community Yoga Initiative organizes FREE community yin yoga meet ups every Wednesday evening from 6:15pm to 7:15pm in Smith Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside CA 92501).

This yin yoga session emphasizes gentle stretching of connective tissue and the cultivation of relaxation. This practice can be very mind soothing and heart opening, and may help to increase inner calmness, gratitude and contentment.

Being able to move down to and up from the floor with ease is the basic physical requirement for the yoga postures in this class. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement and regular participants range in age from 7-70 years old. No experience is necessary and there is never a cost.

Comfortable layered clothing is recommended. Cozy socks and a blanket can also be nice. If you have a yoga mat or block please bring it.

Please be sure to remove shoes and silence all electronics upon entering the yoga and mediation space.

Plenty of free parking is available in the church parking lot and neighborhood streets nearby. Please do not park in the church parking lots spaces located closest to the grass and labeled "church parking only."

If you are looking for a space to be - a space to stretch and experience the energy of your body - to calm and quiet your mind - to expand your
heart - some breathing space- consider meeting up with us this Wednesday!

Crystal will be facilitating this yoga meet up.

Evening Meditation

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Community Yoga Initiative organizes community meditation meet ups on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM (PT). Meditation can be beneficial at any time of day, but there’s something beautiful about ending the day mindfully with meditation.

We do not advocate any particular method of meditation and our regular meditators practice a variety of meditation methods, including: samatha (single-pointed meditation), vipassana (abiding awareness) and metta (loving-kindness). If you're new to meditation, focusing on your breath can be a beautiful starting point for your practice. In breath-focused meditation, you're invited to breathe naturally, bringing awareness to your breath as it flows in and out of your body - noticing the flow of the breath through your nose, heart and belly. Thoughts will arise, and when they do, you're invited to let them float through your mind. Acknowledging them - not judging them. Then letting them just float away. Continually bringing your awareness back to your breath, noticing again the flow of breath through your body.

Loose comfortable clothing is recommended so your body is not overly constricted and can more easily relax. You are welcome to sit on the floor, against a wall or in a chair. You may also stand or lay down - any position that is comfortable for you where you feel aware and at ease.

If you are interested in a space to just be - a space to calm your mind and open your heart - some breathing space - consider meeting us for meditation on Wednesday evening.

Morning Meditation

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Please consider joining us for morning meditation on Friday. Meditation can be beneficial at any time of day, but there’s something beautiful about beginning the day mindfully with meditation.

We do not advocate any particular method of meditation and our regular meditators practice a variety of meditation methods, including: samatha (focused attention), vipassana (abiding awareness) and metta (loving-kindness). If you're new to meditation, focusing on your breath can be a beautiful starting point for your practice. In breath-focused meditation, you're invited to breathe naturally, bringing awareness to your breath as it flows in and out of your body - noticing the flow of the breath through your nose, heart, and belly. You'll also notice other pranic (energy) activity - in the form of body sensations, thoughts, and emotions. When you do, you're invited to acknowledging and note your experience - then tenderly bring your awareness back to your breath, noticing again the flow of breath in and out of your body.

Loose comfortable clothing is recommended so your body is not overly constricted and can more easily relax. You are welcome to sit on the floor, against a wall or in a chair. You may also stand or lay down - any position that is comfortable for you where you feel aware and at ease. We have blankets, cushions, and chairs for your use while meditating.

If you are interested in a space to just be - a space to calm your mind and open your heart - some breathing space - consider meeting us for meditation Friday morning. It really is a meaningful way to begin the day and weekend.

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