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Private Yoga in Sonoma County, Marin County and San Francisco

August8

I teach private yoga and meditation in San Francisco, Mill Valley, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, St. Helena and Calistoga by private appointment.  Private lessons run for one hour and are made up of forty-five minutes of postures and fifteen minutes of relaxation and meditation.  Private lessons can be tailored to meet your yoga experience and needs.  Please email me for an appointment.

I also teach meditative flow classes for all levels (including beginners!) at Solage and at It’s Yoga in St. Helena. I am at Solage on Thursdays from 11:00am-12:00pm and on Sundays from 9:30am-10:30am in Calistoga, California. This class is open to members of Solage and guests. I am at It’s Yoga on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm. This class is open to the public. Please arrive at least five minutes before class so that you can arrive with ease and benefit the most from your class. You can treat these classes as your regular group practice or use them as a treat when you are feeling the need to connect with your most authentic self and relax.

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yoga for stress management

August8

Yoga is a wonderful therapy for stress reduction and stress management. One of the many benefits of a regular yoga practice is that it can lower stress levels. By learning to cultivate attention to the present moment within our yoga practice, we can carry this practice on so that it spills out into our daily life. When we are in the present moment, we worry less about the future and spend less time fretting about the past. By being in the present moment more and more, our levels of stress tend to lessen and our joy at the hidden gifts that exist in our daily lives tends to grow.

Through working with the physical asana sequences in our yoga practice, we also release built up tension in our bodies. This releases stress in a physical way. For example, if we tend to sit at the computer for long periods of time, we may build tension in our shoulders and neck, causing pain and stress. By practicing poses such as threading the needle or a standing forward bend, we release the tension in our neck and decrease the amount of stress building up in our body.

By working with our breath in conjunction with our yoga postures, we also release tension and stress in our bodies. When we breath deeply the muscles in our body relax allowing us to reconnect with how our bodies feel in a space of rest.

Most importantly, yoga gives us a chance to stop and meet where our bodies and minds are. By taking the time to reconnect with how our bodies feel and how busy or relaxed our minds are, we can then take the time to respond in a way that will decrease the amount of stress in our lives.

Stopping, reconnecting and being with our breath, what a wonderful antidote for stress!

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yoga and meditation

August4

I have practiced yoga and meditation for over nine years and am a member of the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia. I currently teach Hatha and restorative yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area for groups, businesses and individuals.

I believe that as we live our lives at a faster pace, it is increasingly important to take time out to connect with the physical and emotional body through yoga and meditation. By practicing these skills regularly within a group setting, we are more able to begin to integrate them into our daily life. Having other people to practice with, even if only once a week, enriches your experience by creating a supportive context for your progress in the postures and in your regular meditation practice.

For the past two years I have taught at Qi Natural Therapies and Yoga on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I taught a restorative yoga and meditation class that worked with intention and breathing techniques as a place to balance in the middle of your week. In the Nothern Beaches, I also worked with corporate clients in the helping professions by presenting meditation evenings for stress reduction. I am happy to say that my clients have continued this work even after I moved to the United States by employing another meditation teacher as they were experiencing such positive results.

The Lotus Room on the Northern Beaches of Sydney was where I began my meditation practice. I was an active  member of their meditation group for six years as well as presenting talks on meditation and Buddhism and helping to run the center with a team of dedicated and talented individuals including Stephen Malloch of Heartmind coaching and meditation.

I am available for individual, group or corporate sessions that can be tailored to the needs of yourself or your workplace. I can be contacted at email address: chrisadler@everydaybalance.net

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