Live Online Classes & Workshops
Gentle Yoga Immersion Classes
and Special Workshops
Selected Saturdays 2:00-4:30pm (ET )
Live on Zoom* with Rudy or Guest Teachers
For all levels, beginners welcome; For Rudy’s immersions, you will be able to participate the most fully if you are able to get down on the floor and back up independently. Some portions of Rudy’s class, such as the breath practice and meditation, can be done seated in a chair instead of on the floor if preferred. For other teachers, see the description for participation info. All immersions are taught in a Gentle Yoga style, intended to be accessible, inclusive and empowering for all.
Get Your Flow On
Yoga for the Second Chakra
The intention of a yoga practice oriented to a chakra is to help the energy flow freely through that area of the body. A balanced chakra allows the qualities of that energy center to thrive in a balanced way, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
The second chakra’s element is water; this energy center is about sensory experiences, feelings, emotions and pleasure. When there is a lack of flow in this chakra, joy, passion and creativity are elusive or dampened. When flow is supported, our capacity to enjoy life and all its sense pleasures increases. In this immersion, Rudy will guide you in gentle yoga movements and breath to help you reclaim more flow and comfort in your body.
Additional upcoming Immersions will also focus on a chakra or two. Gift yourself with these wonderfully therapeutic educational experiences; through the tools you learn in these practices, you can become even more of who you are meant to be.
Live Online, Sept 3, 2:00-4:30pm ET
(available by video after)
This class will be held via Zoom and recorded for your use for 21 days following the live class. OR you can rent the video anytime for 21 days and take the class at your your convenience.
Strengthen Your Foundation
Yoga for the First Chakra
The intention of a yoga practice oriented to a chakra is to help the energy flow freely through that area of the body. A balanced chakra allows the qualities of that energy center to thrive in a balanced way, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The first chakra is the root, the foundation, an energy center located at the base of the tailbone, the coccyx.
The first chakra’s element is earth. As a root, it creates stability and supports basic survival, similar to how roots feed water and nutrition to plants and trees. Its properties are grounded, solid, steady. When the energy flow is deficient, one may experience being scattered, ungrounded, flighty, drifty, maybe anxious or fearful. When first chakra energy is excessive, there can be a sense of lethargy, weightedness, a feeling of being stuck.
Yoga practices for the first chakra can produce a sense of centeredness, stability, clarity, strength and confidence. We focus on bringing energy and awareness down….down to the feet, legs and base of the spine. As you get the energy flowing freely throughout this system of energy centers, the seven chakras, you receive a powerful integration of your many parts into a sense of wholeness. The first chakra integrates mind and body.
The next four Immersions will also focus on a chakra. Gift yourself with this wonderfully therapeutic educational experience; through the tools you learn in these practices, you can be more of who you are meant to be, free and fully expressed, starting with a strong foundation.
Self-Care for Caregivers
Mindful Moments to Restore Energy
If you are a caregiver, you are probably all too familiar with the challenge of finding time for yourself. Even if you are not currently caring for another, we can all use effective ways to reset that don’t take a lot of time or require a yoga mat!
Join Rachel to learn short portable practices that anyone can use to create moments of peace. You will have an opportunity to dialogue about how to reach out for support and be sustainable in your caregiving as well as applying yogic principles to uncertainty and challenges.
After a short presentation, practices will include:
- Breath work with mudras (hand gestures)
- Practice to recharge energy level and promote vitality
- Practice to discharge anxiety and promote calm
- Sound work (humming, toning, singing)
- Meditation on balanced giving and receiving
Rachel Allen ERYT 200, CMP, has 18 years of working in hospice with patients, including serving the needs of caregivers. Her daughter, Riley, now a young adult, was born with spina bifida, so Rachel has experienced long hospital stays, lengthy recoveries at home and the associated challenges of uncertainty as a caregiver for a loved one with a chronic condition.
Dynamic Gentle Slow Flow
Experience the freedom and liberating energy of the Dynamic Gentle Yoga approach to moving on the currents of breath.
If you have never tried a vinyasa (guided flow) approach or you have shied away from yoga that’s referred to as vinyasa, thinking it is too difficult, too fast, or requires a high level of flexibility and strength, come experience this Immersion class and discover new freedom.
The Dynamic Gentle Yoga approach to guided flow is accessible, inclusive and empowering. Join Rudy to enjoy movement linked with breath that can change your relationship with your body and mind.
This gently-paced class will include some gentle but subtly powerful breathing techniques and a nice long resting time to ensure that your nervous system gets a reset into restore and repair mode.
Gentle Strength: Pre-hab for Healthy Aging
A workshop for every body. No yoga or strength-training experience required.
Begin from where you are; improvement in strength, balance and mobility is possible at any age and any stage. Experience gentle movements that build muscle mass and stimulate an increase in bone density from supported standing positions or seated in a chair. No weights or bands are required for this workshop; all you need is your body, a sturdy chair, a pair of thick socks, a couple of upside-down sturdy plastic bins (or yoga blocks) and a dish towel/hand towel. A blanket and pillow for relaxation will also be useful.
Those of us in our 50s, 60s and beyond are all too familiar with the dreaded diagnosis of osteoporosis or arthritis, and some of us have both. The precautions and recommendations coming from all directions can be conflicting and it’s difficult to know what movements are effective and safe. Staying committed to a routine is also a challenge for many of us. Give yourself part of an afternoon to discover manageable and effective solutions. In this gently-paced workshop, you will learn:
- that gentle accessible yoga postures actually strengthen your bones as well as your muscles
- the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis and between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and how the precautions vary for each condition
- the power of protein in our diet (animal or plant-based) to increase muscle mass
The workshop is comprised of four 20-30 minute segments of gentle physical activity to address different aspects of movement:
Balance. Strength. Mobility. Restoration.
After this workshop you will be empowered to practice on your own and keep track of your progress using the provided simple handouts AND/OR continue to learn and practice in live online 30-minute classes that will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays in May from 7:15-7:45 am starting May 8.
with Bhavani Lorraine Nelson
Are you shy about expressing yourself in sound? Are you a singer wanting greater vocal freedom? Are you interested in sounding for healing? For any or all of these reasons and more, join Bhavani for her Soundplay workshop!
During this workshop, you will:
- Learn how the vibrational nature of our being makes sounding a most powerful healing technique
- Free your voice from the ground up with simple exercises to open the body
- Empower yourself to express more fully in every area of your life
- Luxuriate in the feeling that comes from knowing you are sounding with like-hearted others
- Discover how to use sound to relax and heal yourself and others
- Experience a personal sound healing session
This workshop is fun, informative, and transformative, and you can leave it there if you like—but if you take the exercises on as a practice, they can change your life—the way you stand, the way you breathe, the way you show up in your world.
The Soundplay experience is enriching for “non-singers” and “pros” alike. No singing experience is necessary, simply be in a space you’ll be comfortable making sound in and have a chair handy. Dress for movement and get ready to fall in love—with your own sound!
Stimulate and Integrate
Transform & Empower Your Yoga Practice
Explore the stimulation of a well-supported sustaining phase of the posture where transformation happens.
Dive easefully into this masterfully guided exploration of the sustaining phase of yoga postures. In this practice, you will lighten your load, mentally and emotionally, flushing old emotions from the tissues, bringing them to the surface so they can evaporate into the ethers.
Experience this deeper aspect of yoga that builds energy and stimulates the flow of prana, the life force energy that some call the inner healer. Discover how the deeper practice of yoga in the compassionate style of Dynamic Gentle kindles wholeness, insight and a healthy glow.
Expand and Extend
Open the Chest, Open the Heart
Innovative sequences to open the chest, shoulders, neck and back, restoring well-supported posture and healthy energy flow.
In this immersion you will experience:
- Innovative progressive sequences to open the chest, shoulders and back
- Back bends that do not require bending
- Spinal extensions that are safe and satisfying, even joyful
- An opening of the heart and a release from the restrictions of poor posture
- Resolution of some chronic tensions and increased relaxation
- A renewed boost in energy-level, focus and a perk-up for your mood
Opening the Main Channels
A Gentle Chakra Yoga Practice
Even if you’ve never heard of the chakras or don’t know much about them, you’ve probably experienced different states of the energies associated with them. Do you feel secure or insecure? comfortable or uncomfortable? empowered or disempowered? open or closed- hearted? self-expressed or stifled? insightful or confused? connected or isolated?
We have options to influence the energy centers of the body that are associated with these experiences when we know a bit more about them.
In this immersion you will learn about the Chakra energy system and experience:
- Gentle yoga practices that stimulate the energy flow in the area of each chakra
- The mantra vibrations associated with each chakra
- The qualities associated with each chakra
- Clear connection with your experience throughout your entire being
- A balanced flow of energy from head to toes
- A sense of what you need and what you want
This will be a wonderful practice to create a sense of wholeness and integration.
Inside the Gentle Breath Practice Chair Yoga Phenomenon
the What, the How, and the Why
Whether you are brand new to yoga, practice yoga regularly or you are somewhere in between…join us for this special opportunity to learn how the sequence of movements and breathing techniques Rudy guides in the daily morning class can bring benefits into your life. Find out why so many people have dedicated themselves to this practice.
Observe, experience and explore each of the movements, postures and techniques in depth with Rudy as your guide and ask any questions. Hear what people who have been practicing daily have to say about the benefits they experience. Gain confidence, get re-inspired, or prepare to begin.
Rudy has been leading this practice almost daily for 21 months. Though the practice has evolved over time, the main elements remain; three key yoga postures incorporating the six movements of the spine plus four pranayama/breathing techniques form the recipe for the success of this practice.
Rudy will address topics and questions including:
- Will this practice improve my health? What are the benefits?
- I have _______ (insert your own body issue)…can I do this practice safely?
- Is this practice strengthening?
- Will this practice help me with meditation
- What is the intention behind each of the seven elements of this sequence of breathing and movements?
- What do you mean by six movements of the spine and why is that so important?
- What are the unique benefits of each pranayama/breathing technique?
- What are the important nuances of the practices?
Handout of resources for further study will be provided.
Vata-Soothing Dynamic Gentle Yoga
Calm and Steady
Ayurveda is the Vedic science of living a life of optimal health and healing, in tune with Mother Nature. Ayurveda ascribes three constitutional types, vata, pitta and kapha. Vata governs movement in the body, the nervous system and elimination. We all have some degree of each of the three constitutions, therefore, we all need to “mind vata.” When vata is out of balance, symptoms such as digestive distress, dry skin, achy joints, anxiety, low energy, and irregular, insufficient sleep patterns begin to set in.
Now, here we are deep into November. Winter aggravates Vata constitution. Winter is dry, cold, and windy. So now is a great time to do some extra self-care to attend to vata. When your mind is overly active with thoughts, your body fatigued from moving too quickly, or stiff from the shift to dry, colder weather, a vata soothing practice brings warmth, stability and suppleness.
A vata-soothing sequence gives our bodies and minds the opportunity to manifest the relaxation response, a key to optimal health, lowering the risk of heart disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, and other stress-related diseases.
Unique features of this yoga immersion:
- Experience a practice that nourishes the vata aspect of your constitution
- Learn Ayurvedic tips to boost your resilience
Yoga Nidra and Restorative Gentle Yoga
Accessible Movement, Accessible Meditation
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra are practices to help us get back to homeostasis. Every system in the body is geared to help us maintain stability of many diverse internal variables, including temperature, acidity, and water level, amidst continual external influences. Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing practice of bringing attention to all areas of the body and then subtler and subtler realms of your being. The attention helps to release blocks to the flow of energy, the healing fluids and neural signals.
Where the attention goes, the energy flows. Where the energy flows, healing grows. Enjoy deliciously soothing, gentle yoga. Experience an important, rarely guided, restorative pose. Feel the release of stiffness and held energy. Enter the profound meditative journey of Yoga Nidra, a guided experience you enjoy while sinking into deep rest and doing nothing. Melt, restore and integrate with this deep relaxation and meditation.
In this Gentle Yoga Immersion:
- Enjoy deliciously deep, healing, gentle yoga
- Experience an important, innovative restorative pose
- Feel the release of stiffness and held energy
- Stimulate the nourishing flow of circulation and energy
- Enter into the profound meditative experience of Yoga Nidra, a guided experience you enjoy while fully resting and doing nothing
- Restore and integrate with this deep relaxation and meditation
Dynamic Gentle Chair Yoga
Receiving Support, Finding Ease
If you haven’t already discovered the joys of chair yoga, you will in this ease-fully paced, Dynamic Gentle Yoga class with Rudy – enjoy accessible stretching and discover the added benefits of doing yoga with the support of a chair.
In this class, you will experience new possibilities in your yoga practice, discover surprising comfort and ease offered by the chair’s elevated support and enjoy yoga that is kind to the hips and a relief to the back. In addition to sitting on the chair, we will use the chair as a prop for strengthening standing and balancing poses.
We will also explore using the chair while lying on the back. If coming down to the floor is a challenge for you we will offer seated options throughout the “supine” section of the practice.
Other special elements of this class include a nourishing experience of legs-up deep relaxation and the opportunity to drop into deeply peaceful meditation.
With Rudy’s seasoned gentle approach and expert guidance for the use of a chair, you will:
- Explore new stretches with increased access
- Meet the body where it is, where the stretch begins
- Gently bend, flex, arch and rotate the spine
- Loosen the shoulders & hips
- Open the upper and lower back
- Stretch quads, psoas, hamstrings and calves
- Lubricate the joints, rehydrating tissues through movement
- Open all the energy channels and stimulate flow
- A chair without armrests and with some cushioning on the seat which can even be an added cushion or blanket
- Strap, 7 feet long or thereabouts – this can be a tie, belt, scarf or soft rope
- Blocks, or a stack of books 9x6x4, bound together with string or ribbon
- Two cushions
- Two mats if you have two; one mat is fine
- Cozy blanket and eye bag or cloth to cover eyes for relaxation
Read Rudy’s blog post The Unexpected Revelation of Chair Yoga for more inspiration.