with Megan Windeler
Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
– March 23
– April 20
$40 for any individual session if registered/paid in advance ($45 at the door)
The asana practice of Yoga is a beautiful and challenging invitation to dive deep into yourself though learning and then applying the general principles of alignment in each shape to your own body at the moment. It requires a steadfast commitment to learn, apply and do the practice with kindness and curiosity towards yourself – which allows the mastery of the shapes and movements through a cultivation and maintenance of “the beginner’s mind.”
In a small group setting we will go over the general alignment of each asana as well as fine tune each person’s attempt at the asana. My hope is that by the end of each workshop, and the series as a whole, that the student is able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the general architecture of alignment that runs through all of Yoga’s asanas, and a sense of their own personal journey in mastering that alignment within their own bodies. Thus, helping to avoid Yoga induced injuries and creating a longevity of practice.
This practice is suitable for beginning and advanced practitioners alike.
Limited to 12 students.
Instructor — Megan Windeler
Megan Windeler’s practice and teaching is rooted in the heartfelt belief that Yoga is simply a good thing. Her practice began by accident over twenty years ago during the deep dark freeze of a Chicago winter. After stumbling blindly into an Iyengar Yoga class in hopes of eluding the freeze, it was revealed to her that ‘living is much easier if you breathe whilst doing it.’ Over a decade and half on she is still trying to figure that one out, but, she practices it every day and has found life easier.
Megan’s classes are slow, strong and rich in alignment. She incorporates both movement and restorative shapes and teaches from the belief that Yoga should be simple, doable and as delicious as the perfect peach on a summer day. No matter how strong or flexible, old or young, or fit or bent out of shape you define yourself to be there is room in her class for you. Her hope is that students leave each class feeling more at home in their bodies and more connected to their lives.
Megan completed the teacher training at the Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2005 and has been teaching ever since. She has studied anatomy with Ellen Heed and pre/postnatal Yoga with Jane Austin and Marisa Toriggino. She studies Pilates and alignment with Ruthie Whalborg. Her teaching is inspired by her love of books and owes a great debt to her mom’s years as an aerobics instructor, to the police and fire men who taught her to lift weights bigger than herself in highschool, to her years as a bike messenger when the hills of San Francisco taught her that strong is a state of mind and the traffic impressed upon her that the present moment is the most important. And, if you try to tell her you can’t do Yoga because you are not flexible she will stomp her boots and shout (softly) “Yoga is a mindful strength based activity that improves your range of motion, functional strength and flexibility!”