Yin Yoga

This class is taught by:

Mary Lou Middleton

Mary Lou has been regularly practicing yoga for over 10 years and just completed the Blue Heron YTT to earn her teaching certification While her primary background is alignment based asana, she has participated in and studied many different styles of yoga. She is eager to share the wisdom from her many teachers to help students find the expression of a pose that supports their body's alignment, and to face challenges with humor and compassion.

Rick Kowalewski

Rick is a teacher, student, and life practitioner. He began his yoga journey on a gift card. Then he simply got drawn in — physically, mentally, spiritually, and by the sense of community. He is a volunteer at the Walter Reed Medical Center where he’s led many yoga classes for wounded warriors, their families, and medical staff who treat them. His practice has become a blend of playful styles, and his classes include elements of yin yoga, flow, Qigong, the physiology of stretching and breathing, and supportive assists.
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Emily Star

Emily Star seeks to help yogis feel empowered and at home in their bodies. In her classes, you'll move through a well-rounded and progressively-sequenced practice, explore the relationship between tension and ease, and relax deeply. Emily believes that yoga meets us where we are, encourages us to practice self-acceptance, and invites us to challenge our perceptions of what is possible so that we may more accurately understand reality - both inside and outside our bodies. She is registered as an E-RYT 200 in Vinyasa with Yoga Alliance and has also studied prenatal yoga with April Puciata, Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea and Yin Yoga with Yael Flusberg.
In 2016, she started Calmaraderie to create opportunities for yogis to volunteer together. To stay in the loop about past and future service projects, visit http://www.alignmentinactionyoga.com/calmaraderie-yogis-in-service/
See what Emily's Students are saying:
"Emily taught Yin Yoga at 1:30 on August 10. I really appreciated how she ran the entire class! She shared relevant quotes from famous people, but didn't belabor the point. She showed me how to modify the hard poses so I could do them and still get the benefit of the pose. She paced the class just right. She was very observant if someone needed feedback. Truly great,"  Monica C. 8/2016

Shervon Laurice

Shervon was first introduced to yoga in high school while in New York City. It was there that the seed of self-discovery was planted which has continued to grow and call her back to the mat time and time again as an adult. Shervon’s commitment to personal practice led her to complete a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in 2012 and a 50 hour advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training in 2016.

Shervon enjoys teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga styles to beginners, athletes and advanced students alike. Her background as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) inspires her approach as a teacher. The practice of yoga, similar to the process of counseling, allows one to look within to build self-awareness which informs daily life. Yoga has a beautiful way of clearing the mud away from the lens with which we see ourselves. Shervon is committed to nurturing the seed of self-discovery and personal growth in every student as it unfolds on and off the mat.

Claudia Neuman

Born in Los Angeles, California, Claudia began her formal yoga training in 1984. It was there that she spent 10 years assisting and teaching along side some of the most noteworthy teachers of our time. She traveled and studied with Pattabhi Jois (creator of the Ashtanga Yoga System), she was one of the first to graduate from Rod Stryker’s ISHTHA Yoga Teachers Training, she assisted Erich Shiffman for several years, and also studied and taught at Forrest Yoga. While at USC completing a Masters degree in Social Work, she taught yoga to students and faculty alike. She integrated her skills as a therapist and yoga instructor developing corporate stress reduction programs, working with oncology patients at Children’s Hospital, and teaching yoga to artists and performers. In 2005 she received certification in Anusara Yoga. Claudia’s classes reflect her rich background of yoga experience as well as the love and dedication to her life-long practice of yoga. Look for Claudia's regular quarterly articles in Pathways Magazine.
See what students are saying:
"Just took the workshop with Claudia Newman on the History of Yoga. This women has so much knowledge on yoga, she is incredible. Loved the workshop. Thanks Claudia. Waiting for the next workshop."  Theresa 6/16
This contemplative practice utilizes modest floor poses to stimulate connective tissue giving particular focus to the hips, sacrum, low spine, and knees. Uniquely therapeutic and rehabilitative to these areas of the body, Yin Yoga is an excellent modality for providing a structural and emotional counterbalance to more muscular forms of asana and other "yang" activities.
This practice is appropriate for people who have resisted becoming active because of joint pain and is also ideal for athletes who experience joint pain caused by muscular overuse. The gentle but consistent stimulation to the connective tissues taught through Yin Yoga encourages long-term health and mobility of the joints, calms and recharges the nervous system, and naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun May 28 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Mary Lou Middleton
  • Mon May 29 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon May 29 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed May 31 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed May 31 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Jun 04 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Jun 05 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon Jun 05 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Jun 07 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Jun 07 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Jun 11 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Jun 12 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon Jun 12 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Jun 14 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Jun 14 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Jun 18 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Jun 19 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon Jun 19 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Jun 21 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Jun 21 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice