5-6:30pm at Anasa Yoga, 4232 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA
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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.
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.
Building a supportive community
|Nancy Leigh-Smith, my yoga mentor, |
presenting me with my Advanced Studies Program
certification in June 2014.
Reiki Levels 1 and 2, USUI/Holy Fire Reiki RYOHO
certification in August 2018.
Embracing creativity through education
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.