Yin Yoga

This class is taught by:

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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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

Claudia Neuman, E-RYT 500, YACEP, MSW. , was born in Los Angeles and began her formal yoga training in 1984 at Yoga works in Santa Monica, California. In the course of her training at Yoga Works, she was able to study with and assist some of today's top teachers, (Rod Stryker, Eric Shiffman) as well as study with Pattabi Jois, (the creator of Astanga Yoga). In 1993, she was initiated into the ISHTA yoga system by Rod Stryker. While at USC completing a Masters degree in Social Work, she taught yoga to students and faculty alike. In 2005 she received certification in Anusara Yoga from John Friend. In 2012 she began studying again with Yogarupa Rod Stryker in the Tantra tradition, completing several of the Para Yoga Master Training programs. 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.

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

Amy Pollok

Amy believes that committing to a consistent yoga practice has transformed her life. I didn’t come to love and appreciate my body until I started a consistent yoga practice. Through yoga I learned to see myself in a different light. When we learn to balance breath with movement, increasing our focus and discernment, we begin to expand our consciousness, that’s when we begin to see results on and off the mat. We move with less resistance and more love. Our relationship with ourselves and with others improves. We discover a flow in our day and joy in our interactions that wasn’t present in the past. Yoga has really shown me that positive change is possible and that’s what I wish for my students. Amy trained in Power Vinyasa, Hatha yoga, Body – Mind Centering and Body-based Gestalt Psychotherapy. Amy is a 200 hr. RYT and an RSMT (Somatic Movement Therapist) with a practice in Takoma Park, MD.

Anna Wolf

Anna’s journey with yoga began in South India, where she explored the ancient traditions of Ayurveda and Vipassana meditation. Saluting the sun in the land where yoga was born revealed to her not only spiritual dimensions, but also the medicinal value of yoga for healing. After obtaining her RYT 200 certification through Blue Heron Wellness and becoming a licensed social worker, Anna has used trauma-sensitive yoga as a compliment to clinical therapies. Her eclectic blend of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin modalities enable students to cultivate awareness of self in relation to somatic experience, facilitating deep release and energy transformation via focused breath and movement. Anna believes the body speaks through sensation, and yoga is a gift that helps us listen to this voice and tend to its messages.
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:

  • Wed Aug 23 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Aug 23 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Aug 27 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Aug 28 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon Aug 28 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Aug 30 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Aug 30 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Sep 03 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Sep 04 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Mon Sep 04 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Rick Kowalewski
  • Wed Sep 06 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Sep 06 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Shervon Laurice
  • Sun Sep 10 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Sep 11 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Emily Star
  • Mon Sep 11 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Amy Pollok
  • Wed Sep 13 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm with Emily Star
  • Wed Sep 13 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Anna Wolf
  • Sun Sep 17 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Claudia Neuman
  • Mon Sep 18 10:45 am - 12:00 pm with Emily Star
  • Mon Sep 18 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Amy Pollok