Yoga Classes

Celebrating my 46th birthday in Viparita Karani
All classes at Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

6-7:30pm
July 31,  2017
August 7, 2017

Sunday Restorative Classes 2017
5-6:30pm
July 30
August 13 and 27
September 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 19
December 3
Saturday evenings:
6:00 - 8:00pm Yoga Practice
8:00 - 9:00pm Optional Potluck
$20 per person/per session

September 16 and December 16
 
http://www.anasaoakland.com/classes/
Join Amy for a monthly date night to nurture and balance your body-mind-breath connection. Escape from your urban surroundings as the lights are dimmed, candles lit and soft music and nature sounds fill the studio. Amy guides you through a practice of visioning, gentle stretching and breathing that softens into restorative asana (poses) to replenish your life force.
Bring a friend, as Amy’s intention is to create a supportive and nurturing community of practice.
Appropriate for all levels and capabilities.
This 2-hour class will be followed by an evening potluck in Anasa’s lounge. If you are able to stay after class and gather in community, please bring a dish or beverage to serve 4-6 people.

My teaching philosophy
I graduated from The Yoga Room, Berkeley’s 500-hour Advanced Studies Program in June 2014. Through my yoga studies I developed an affinity for teaching restoratives and gentle yoga; guiding my students to find relaxation, relief and renewal through body-mind-breath awareness

My Inspiration for practicing and teaching Yoga Restoratives is my Grammie, Sylvia Plotkin who taught yoga up to the year she passed away at the age of 94. While growing up in Stamford, Connecticut Grammie would have us lay on the floor, close our eyes, notice our breath, relax our bodies and guide us in clearing our thoughts. She believed in homeopathic healing and natural cooking - although it was always fun to get her to drink a sip of bourbon so we could see her giggle, 'Oh, I feel it in my legs!' she would say.

When I release into a yoga restorative asana I feel my Grammie there with me, I hear her voice and I sense her in my breath. This is a photo of Grammie in Scotland, gazing out over a loch and convening with nature.

Migraines
For over 10 years I have been living with migraine headaches. Although medications help alleviate the pressure for a few hours, the headaches can last up to 5 days. Practicing yoga restoratives has helped me find comfort, instead of focusing on the discomfort.


Values:
Building a supportive community 
Exploring self-understanding
Treating others as you want to be treated
Embracing creativity through education

Mission:
Guiding life-long learners to reach your fullest potential through creative body, mind and breath practices that nurture self-understanding in a supportive community environment. 

Nancy Leigh-Smith, my yoga mentor, presenting me with my Advanced Studies Program certification in June 2014.