Essential Yoga for Every Body

By: Lynn Crimando

An effective Yoga practice helps us to activate self-awareness and build better relationships, with both ourselves and those around us. In this class, we'll use the tool of asana practice to build self-understanding in a safe setting that allows for a deep exploration of the essential relationship between the spine, the core and the muscles of breathing. Drawing from the Viniyoga tradition, we'll practice a set of traditional standing, seated, prone and supine postures that are safe for all body types and ages. At the core of movement is the breath. We'll layer simple breathing techniques (pranayama) to add depth to the postures and increase the subtle effects of the work. Adaptations for each posture will allow experienced practitioners and newcomers alike to work at their own speed, creating a practice as vigorous or gentle as is appropriate to each. Special emphasis is placed on:

· Healthy movement of the spine in all directions;

· Releasing chronic contraction that contributes to misalignment and dysfunctional movement patterns

· Easeful joint movement

· Increasing vitality and enhancing mood

· Improved response to everyday stress

· Improved circulation and increased endurance

This class is open to beginners to experienced practitioners. All postures can be modified, although students should be physically able to move from the floor to seated and/or standing postures.

Category: Health / Wellness

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 5:00PM - 6:15PM (EST)

The Breathing Project 15 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Fee : $100.00 Enroll Now

Lynn Crimando BFA, MA, ERYT-500 strives to create experiences that empower each student or client to adapt practices to suit their individual needs, abilities, and stage of life, all with safety and a sense of play. A yoga practitioner for 25 years, Lynn has been a teacher for ten years, specializing in teaching groups and private students with conditions, such as Yoga for Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, MS, Parkinson's, etc. She is a certified yoga therapist in the Viniyoga tradition and currently teaches private, semi-private and group classes throughout Manhattan and Riverdale. She also teaches and lectures throughout the city on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. Her group classes serve students of all ages and abilities, ranging from able-bodied adults to elderly people living with advanced Alzheimer’s. Business clients include Tiffany & Co. and Health Advocates for Older People. Having studied vigorous forms of Vinyasa and Ashtanga for years under gifted and wonderful instructors, Lynn thought that she knew a thing or two about yoga in 1997. As a busy, Type-A publishing executive, a challenging asana practice seemed to fit her life perfectly. Mastering difficult postures, longer holds and daring balances helped her to feel strong, accomplished and in control. That's when she encountered her greatest teacher: A steep descent down a mountain road into a sharp blind curve that ended in an unceremonious "face-plant" off a bicycle. The fall took place in a flash, but left her with a permanently altered physical structure, debilitating chronic pain, and a recovery effort that continues today. This is how her true study of Yoga was born. In the years since the accident, Asana practice has helped Lynn restore function and manage its lingering physical effects, including the numerous symptoms of Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia. But her exploration of the powerful practices of pranayama, meditation and self-study proved to be even more valuable to her recovery, helping with everything from feelings of loss and grief, to chronic pain and insomnia. Committed to working with people who, like herself, might benefit from tapping into Yoga's healing and restorative powers, Lynn undertook her 200-hour teacher training in 2001 in the Anusara tradition and completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Kripalu in 2005. Lynn's desire to delve deeper into the therapeutic aspects of practice led her first to The Breathing Project, where she completed the Advanced Studies Program under Leslie Kaminoff in 2009, and then to Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute where she became a certified Viniyoga Therapist in 2011. Before leaving her publishing career behind to commit herself full-time to Yoga in 2007, Lynn held top management roles at Sports Illustrated, Money Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and the ESPN New Enterprises division. She is an NYU-certified executive coach and is blessed to benefit from the wisdom gained in all of these experiences in her current work.

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