Acupuncture + Yoga with Lindsay MacDougall - Saturday, Dec 22nd 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Yoga Basics for Beginners with Abby Dobbs - 4 Sundays in January 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Rest in the Jewel of the Lotus: A Fusion of Restorative Yoga for Reducing Stress

This class is taught by:

Jennifer O'Sullivan

After years of primarily practicing dynamic forms of yoga, Jennifer’s interest in and appreciation for Yin Yoga blossomed after the birth of her daughter. At a time when everything in her life was changing, the emphasis on receptivity and stillness in Yin Yoga offered a much-needed balance. Jennifer deeply believes in these methods, and in this program, she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first yoga training in 2004. She is one of only 21 endorsed Insight Yoga teachers worldwide. Developed by Sarah Powers, one of the most senior Yin Yoga teachers, Insight Yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yin and Yang Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer has also studied Yin Yoga with its founder Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer.

Jennifer is a dedicated Dharma student and regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Slow down, tune in, and drop into your own pure heart in this refreshing and restorative yoga experience. Beginning with the soothing, therapeutic movements of Self-Awakening Yoga, come home to your body to let go of physical tension. Then drop deeper into your inner environment with long-held Yin Yoga postures to unleash blocked energy and cultivate self-compassion. We’ll conclude with Yoga Nidra meditation for the profound release that unfolds when we rest in the jewel of the lotus.

Self-Awakening Yoga was developed by Don Stapleton of the Kripalu Center and Nosara Yoga Institute, and is based on his personal exploration of yoga after a spinal injury. The gentle movements are designed to recover freedom of movement, release emotional blockages, and unleash one’s creative potential.

The Quiet Practice of Yin Yoga offers a much needed balance for our active and stressful “yang” lifestyle. The meditative atmosphere that comes with holding floor postures for several minutes presents a unique environment for introspection, unlocking a door to patience, compassion, and “inter-being” in our yoga practice and daily life.

Fees: $35
WYC Members: 10% discount