winter greetings and welcome to edition four of “live from the lounge,” our monthly blog series profiling members of our teacher’s lounge. read on to discover what they’re teaching these days — and what personal practices are supporting their wellness and joy, even during these most challenging times.
meet stephanie snyder • one of san francisco’s premier yoga teachers and owner of love story yoga, stephanie is thrilled to now offer her signature 200 hour teacher training online, making it available to students around the world. nothing excites her more than the opportunity to share the teachings of yoga in a comprehensive way. she loves the longer format of trainings for the opportunity to guide committed students into deep exploration of asana, meditation, chanting, philosophy and more — and help them develop leadership skills. the programs begin february 18th and meets every other weekend.
stephanie’s practice right now: instant reset
her go-to sequence is as follows:
• begin standing. close your eyes and take 3 very long breaths. follow this with a very long inhale and a quick short exhale out your mouth.
• still standing, reach arms overhead for a full body vertical stretch, then release arms by your sides and swing them in anyway, just to get the blood flowing and release tension from shoulders, upper back, wrists and hands.
• sit down cross legged and twist to the right for 3-5 breaths, and then to the left for 3-5 breaths.
• lie down with your legs up the wall for 3-5 minutes.
she assures us, “you will feel so much better after this little gem of a sequence, and you can practice it several times a day. it has saved me from computer body, from work brain, and from quarantine blues.”
for more information and to register for stephanie’s teacher training, click here.
meet deidra demens • brooklyn-based iyengar teacher deidra is excited to release her annual “black history and yoga” series on instagram. back in 2016, when she posted a tribute to josephine baker alongside her own vrksasana (tree pose), she didn’t intend to create a series. but the feedback she received for the complementary images was so positive that she posted another… and another… this february marks her sixth year celebrating black history month with this inspiring and educational project.
she teaches asana classes via zoom.
deidra consistently returns to her ancestors for guidance and inspiration — and they always come through for her. in restorative poses, she often meditates on the following words, and afterwards she emerges feeling new, refreshed, ready to create, and ready to make a change.
“i know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge even wisdom. like art… this is precisely the time when artists go to work. there is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. we speak, we write, we do language. that is how civilizations heal.” — toni morrison
meet denise hopkins • a forrest yoga mentor teacher based in the hudson valley, denise is excited to present her new 8 week series, “resolve to evolve.” every thursday morning a committed group joins together virtually to prune away what they’ve outgrown and begin enacting their desired “resolutions” for the year ahead. each asana class has a different internal focus, including discernment, creating a support system, personal expectations, rewarding ourselves, and dealing with inner critic. by showing up each week, this group holds each other accountable for the deeper work and creates true community.
denise’s practice right now: self massage
denise’s saving grace this past year has been self massage with yoga tune up® balls. pandemic times have largely cut us off from much needed healing touch. as denise explains, “our nervous systems are on high alert every time we step outside or turn on the news. we need to calm down, drop in and remember how to experience pleasure again.” she especially recommends self massaging the neck to calm down.