January through May 2016 | Bed Stuy Yoga Halsey and Patchen, Brooklyn, New York 1123
Monthly Yoga Therapeutic mini-workshops are designed to focus holistically on a particular area of the body associated with chronic pain, common injury, or rehabilitation with Corinne Cappelletti, Yoga Therapist/Somatic Movement Educator. Each practice begins with relaxation through selected yoga asana (postures), mindfulness practices, and breath work. After reaching a place of ease and relaxation, we build strength where we need stability and increase flow where we need mobility.
Class Themes and Dates
January 27th: Pelvis and Lower back
March 23rd: Knees and feet
April 13th: Restoratives for the Back and Knees
May 11th: Shoulders and wrists
In this Yoga Therapeutics class, we learn restorative yoga and yoga therapeutics in tandem with Somatic Movement therapy aimed to create conditions where our body can heal itself. By shifting into the relaxation response, the chemistry in the body changes into the parasympathetic /rest and digest aspect of the nervous system and we allow ourself to heal. We can move and find stillness with more comfort and ease. Experiential anatomy lessons, as well as movement concepts from Bartenieff Fundamentals (known as BF), will help guide us in our own process of healing and gaining more range of movement and movement choices! Come for one or any of the classes in the series. No experience necessary! A donation of $15 is suggested for this special class.
February 2016 | Loom Yoga Center | 1078 Flushing Ave, Shop 117 Brooklyn, NY
Four-part Yoga series
Exploring the four elements of love through yoga Asana, Pranayama, and the spiritual anatomy of the heart
Each workshop in the series will focus on one of the four elements of true love:
Explore and cultivate the giving and receiving of love through intentional vinyasa sequences, pranayama, and restorative asana in combination with the somatic therapy as a way to integrate the elements of ‘true love’ (as discussed by Buddhism) into our yoga practice and our lives. We will learn principles and patterns of movement and the mind through the anatomy of the breath and the body as it applies to yoga asana and pranayama in order deepen our awareness, understanding, and embodiment of the four key aspects of love: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.
The class will start every week with a centering meditation exploring the spatial awareness in the inner architecture of our heart center, energetically, anatomically and somatically, connecting directly with our breath. We use this opening to tune inward and draw our whole self into union with the present moment.
Following the centering meditation (and if there is any discussion as offered above) we will have the opportunity to choose a guiding question about the particular theme for that week’s class (one of the four elements of love: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity). Paper will be provided to make a note, drawing, or an image for this intention. With this in mind, I will lead an asana practice with a sequence to connect with the movement qualities of the given theme and targeted to open the areas of the body and energy centers of the body supporting deeper awareness and action with the given thematic element of love.
The class will conclude with either a short series of restorative asana and pranayama or a guided meditation / visualization to conclude our practice around the given theme.
*There will be some time allotted at the end of every class as well as at the opening of the following week classes in the series for sharing personal reflection, questions, and/or experiences based out of this practice.
Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “How to Love”, I started a 4-week series of thematic-based yoga classes. I will explore one of the core 4 elements of “true love” through my classes at Shambhala Yoga & Dance; the Bed-Stuy YMCA; and Bushwick-Hylan Community Center and Quick Fitness. According to Thich Nhat Hanh, true love is the type of love that heals and transforms. It contains 4 elements: Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.
For these classes, the language I use to guide people into selected mindfulness/visualization practices reflects the given element of love as will the chosen pranayama practice and the specific sequence of asana for the class.
The first week, I worked with the 1st element of true love: Loving Kindness, known in sanskrit at Maitri. During class we watch, listen and tune into the essence of loving kindness — which starts by offering happiness to your self and building a home inside by accenting yourself. Acceptance starts with awareness in my classes. Awareness in the present moment-the felt, lived, thinking quality of the moment- is a mindfulness practice to create joy and happiness for your own nourishment in these classes. Loving Kindness starts with a warm and welcoming attitude toward self-acceptance.
Last week I structured my classes around the 2nd element of true love: Compassion. For my classes in Compassion I focused on opening the 2nd and 4th chakra (or energy centers) and built the asana around the Scorpion Posture. Hatha yoga speaks of the Scorpion as a dynamic balance between that which stings and leads to the realization of the many stings by which other people have been hurt. Then comes understanding personal suffering that results from previously unnoticed attachments, for compassion can be known as our capacity to understand the suffering in oneself and in the other person. How do you respond to the needs of others? Are you generous with your capacity to understand? Or do you speculate whether the individual is worth your time and attention? With the practice of yoga and mindfulness we look deeply into our own suffering, breath into it, stay with it and learn from it so we can transfer and help to transform the suffering of the people in our lives.
This week I am focusing my classes on the 3rd element of true love: Joy. Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to believe,”...your presence is an offering, like fresh air, or spring flowers, or a bright blue sky.” And with this I open my classes this week with a visualization centering on the “big blue sky” in the globe of our crown, the arch of our occiput/top of the mouth, the arch at the top of our lungs, the top arch of our diaphragm down through the inverted BIG BLUE SKY in the basin of our pelvis and across the soul of our feet. We begin with the big blue sky in our body, smiling into the moment. We bring this mindfulness into the asana and finish with a balancing practice from Qi Gong by connecting into the organ of our heart. Toning with the “AH” vibration of the heart we inhale joy into our heart and exhale with the sound AHH to recognize hastiness. Balance between joy and hastiness resides in our heart; and we thank our heart for pumping blood throughout our bodies. With this our presence is an offering. Give joy. Joy nourishes.
Stay tuned for my yoga practice next week, on Equanimity, the 4th element of True love, happening in tandem with #exhale2inhale and #NOMORE. NOMORE is an initiative to build more awareness for the non-profit Exhale to Inhale, and education on ending Domestic Violence and sexual assault, I invite you to take part in my classes and other NOMORE events through out your area. Exhale to Inhale provides free weekly yoga classes at domestic violence shelters and community centers throughout New York City and Westchester County. More info can be found here. And details about NOMORE can be found here.
After 10 days on residency through The Field’s ARTWARD BOUND program at Earthdance, my daily somatic practice and improvisational practice culminated in a performance experiment. A collection of studies were developed that explored ways interact with the audience and the environment through different body-states and developmental memory in my body.
The body-state of the skeleton helped me to feel into the architecture of my body as a way to locate myself in the present space-time in relationship with the architecture of the woods, both the built structures and natural structures there, as a support to move, perform, and interact.
The body-state of the fluids, particularly exploring the venous blood and arterial blood patterns of movement and the nature of the heart as it exists throughout my entire vascular system, was the entry point to listening to myself and to the audience. The starting point to listen and communicate throughout the performance as it unfolded in a game-like structure with the audience.