Yoga: A Path of Self-Healing

A Path of Self-Healing through the Seasons

Instructors: S. D. Swan, LMT with Freya Farley, L.Ac., M.Ac.

2nd & 4th Thursdays: Late Summer/Fall Series:   9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/8, 12/22
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuition: $98 for 6 sessions
Drop-in: $20/session

Change your consciousness, change your life.

This unique yoga program is specifically designed to support the biological and energetic shifts experienced during seasonal changes. One’s ability to adapt to change is a cornerstone of good health. Seasonal breathing, stretching and tonification practices as well as chakra energizing and sense nourishment help to balance the nervous and endocrine systems that modulate biorhythms. 5 Element principles and lifestyle recommendations will be explored.

Spring classes will be in the Wood Element, the Liver & Gall Bladder meridians, addressing such issues as: blood pressure problems, migraines/headaches, tendon problems, hypoglycemia; Emotional level: difficulty with feelings of anger, aggression, frustration, stagnation. This energetic phase of Spring supports the concepts of action, movement, direction, and strength in clarity, judgement, foresight, and decision.

Summer classes focus on the Fire Element, the Heart & Small Intestine, and Pericardium & Triple  Burner Meridians, addressing such issues as:  impaired circulation of blood and body fluids, cold extremities, insomnia, palpitations, digestive problems.  Emotional level:  difficulty with feelings of control, connection to and relationship with self and others, sadness or depression (lack of joy).  The energetic phase of Summer relates to Radiant Energy at all levels of the body, mind, & spirit.

Late Summer classes focus on the Earth Element (Spleen & Stomach Meridians) addressing such issues as: digestive disorders, abdominal distention, pain or discomfort, eating disorders, lack of appetite, overweight, low energy, lethargy & weakness, cold extremities; on the emotional level: difficulty with feelings of worry, insecurity or ungrounded-ness. The energetic phase of Late Summer relates to Healthy Nourishment at all levels of the body, mind, & spirit.

Fall classes focus on the Metal Element (Lung & Large Intestine Meridians) addressing such issues as: difficulty with elimination, diarrhea or constipation, skin problems, blocked sinuses, or upper respiratory problems; on the emotional level: difficulty in feelings of self–worth, or in letting go of what no longer serves. The energetic phase of Fall relates to Inspiration (taking in) and Elimination (letting go) at all levels of the body, mind, & spirit.

Winter classes will be in the Water Element, the Kidney & Bladder meridians, addressing such issues as: urinary problems (incontinence or retention), kidney stones, swelling & edema or dryness of bodily fluids & dehydration, infertility, headaches, low back ache, sciatica; Emotional level: difficulty with feelings of fear and anxiety. This energetic phase of Winter supports the concepts of fluidity, clarity, and transformation as well as power and determination (endurance) within the body, mind, and spirit.

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Swan met her teacher, Dr. Vijayendra Pratap, at age 20 and began a lifelong study of Classical Yoga, practicing and teaching under his continued guidance. She is a Certified Massage Therapist with extensive training in Movement and Kinesiology, Ayurveda, and Body–Mind Therapy. Swan is a Founding Board Member of Evergreen.

Freya Farley is an Acupuncturist and Reflexologist at the Wellness Center at Evergreen. Her practice focuses on Women’s Health and Fertility, which at essence is the manifestation of balance and health within the body. The presence of yoga throughout Freya’s life has influenced and informed her ongoing path of health and wellness.