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Do you find you're amped up and hyper-aware, unable to rest and "turn off"?

Or, do you feel yourself sort of collapsing under the weight of life, like you just want to crawl into bed and maybe not come out for a while?

Each of these are different ways our nervous system can respond to stress, and both can be quite taxing when they become the chronic way we move through life. The toll that stress can take on our body is no joke. You've heard the phrase, "Stress will kill you", and there are elements of truth in that. Our body and brain are not designed to be saturated in cortisol and other stress hormones 24/7, and there are real consequences when that happens. We must find ways to regularly unwind and let the body and brain find center again!

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Release & Refresh is a drop-in class of up to 9 people that provides a chance to release tension, move out of states of fight/flight or freeze, and land in a more grounded, calm state. Working from the floor on double-thick yoga mats (which are provided for you), class participants are led through nervous system exercises that foster greater awareness of how their body is holding and expressing the stresses of life, while simultaneously being guided into strategic body positions and stretches that allow for release of the physical tension that naturally accompanies the various states of stress. Through the intentional use and timing of many different elements that speak to the nervous system, a space is made for things to move through so that we can find a grounded, open state from which to move forward.

We offer 2 classes per month:

 

  • Wednesday 90-minute class (usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month) - a mid-week chance to keep the stress at bay and to engage in self-care
     

  • Friday 2-hour class (usually the last Friday of the month) - a longer class (think mini-retreat) to start off your weekend right

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This class includes elements of yin yoga, restorative yoga, myofascial release self-treatment, guided imagery, mindfulness, non-spiritual meditation, and somatic (body) focusing exercises. We intentionally keep the prompts and stretches simple and easy to follow, and offer numerous options that cater to all, while inviting awareness and deep reflection into different aspects of one's experience.

 

What makes this class so unique is our central focus on bringing awareness to what is happening in the nervous system, as expressed in the body, and providing chances for it to come out of a threat-response (stress) state, into more ease and calm.

Good things happen when we slow down and pay attention to the deeper systems that are driving our behaviors, thoughts, emotions, postures, and movements. This is true mind-body work, where we bring awareness to the things that normally exist under the radar of our consciousness (which are held in and expressed via the body), undetected yet dictating our lives. To paraphrase the psychiatrist Carl Jung, "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." 

 

Most people are not familiar with what true nervous system work can do... so let us show you! You can expect to leave class feeling lighter, more centered, calm, clear-headed, and joyful.

Release & Refresh Class

Testimonials from class participants

The class was wonderful! The flow, pace and ambience was perfect. I felt very grounded after the class and much more “present” than when I arrived… Thank you for creating this space for us!  -Zuri M.

 

I appreciate the format and intentionality put into the classes… They give me the structure and support to reach the "settledness" my body needs and enjoys.  -Rachel H.

 

The group was amazing. I thought 2 hours was going to feel like a long time, but it didn’t. I was quite surprised that our time was coming to a close when it did. It was the perfect amount of time.  -Mike T.

 

I found the class very beneficial! I felt so relaxed and light at the end. I didn’t want it to end.  -Jaicie C.

I loved the class! I thought the balance of the deep stretches and the guided reflections was unique and very helpful. I felt very open and sensitive afterwards.  -Tyler G.

I actually have been raving about class since it happened on Friday. I was able to come home and go to sleep unassisted by meds for the first time in four years. And my body feels a LOT better! I plan to be back, and I have another friend who wants to join me!  -Lindsey A.

I can’t share just how big of an impact that class had. I was relieved when someone said this isn’t a typical yoga class, we weren’t going to do crazy hand stand poses. I’m on the bigger size and this was huge relief that this would be an inclusive class! Another reason I enjoyed this class so much is you guys made sure we made the poses work for us. Accommodations were welcomed! By the time I walked out, I felt like cinder blocks had been lifted off my back, emotionally and physically.  -Jess J.

I truly enjoyed the class. It was very trauma informed which I appreciated. The 10 minutes at the beginning and end was a valuable transition period. It was also helpful to go over the poses that we would be doing in class prior to diving in, as this took away the anxiety of the unknown. Having two people coordinating different parts of the class simultaneously was a tremendous idea. I could listen to your voice and follow along with the prompts while being assisted in a comfortable position. I appreciated all the varied types of props available so that each of us could find our own level of comfort. I am a fidgeter and have great difficulty relaxing, but after this class I felt a grounding and peacefulness for the rest of the evening, and actually had a great night sleep too.  -P.Z.

Join us for a class! And find out for yourself just how powerful body-centered nervous system work is for releasing tension and refreshing one's outlook.

Ready to give it a try?

If you have trouble affording the class, feel free to make use of this coupon code when booking: HELP-ME-OUT  That will give you 25% off the class. This isn't a sale or promotion; it is reserved for those who genuinely want to attend the class but are struggling financially to make ends meet. 💛

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