Meditation & Movement


This class is taught by:

Greg Schumacher

 
  • My teaching style is: Evolving with an emphasis on safety & exploration.


  • My favorite yoga pose is: Downward Facing Dog

 

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My inner “critic”. I am learning that yoga can be a path to self-acceptance which potentially is one of the most difficult paths to follow.

 

  • I love my feet because: It is our feet that support us every day in our physical endeavors

 

  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is Shiva Bhairava, the Beggar with Dogs, because: This deity represents those who have been disfranchised from society. As an educator, I advocate & work with students with disabilities. Many of these students are considered on the fringe of society, & predominately come from poverty. I have also been blessed with the companionship of dogs whose example of unconditional love continue to inspire me.

 

  • You must try this healthy snack: Spinach…raw, steamed, sautéed, even fried!

 

  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Jai because: It means victory, specifically victory to one’s Higher self.

 

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Keep at it, & let it permeate your being.

 

  • I’m most grateful for: Those individuals in the past & present who have taught me something about myself.

 

  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: I don’t know if I consider this “exotic” but it was an interesting experience: A mixed gender, all- nude yoga class in the Castro District, San Francisco, CA

 

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Mom because: I miss her.

 

  • I’m motivated to take my yoga to the next level because: I am learning that as I embrace the deeper aspects of yoga (not just asana) that life, though chaotic at times, can be more centered.

 

  • My heroes are: Those everyday people who help others.

 

  • My one wish for the world is: That everyone takes the time to get to know themselves.

 

Maddy Ritenour

Maddy recently graduated from Kent State University with her BS in community health education. She hopes to find a career helping others find their own balance in health and wellness through yoga and education. She first began practicing yoga at Release and fell in love with it immediately. She is a huge animal lover and loves to learn and try new things.

  • My favorite pose is: child’s pose because it is a place of rest in my practice that I know I can come back to my breath in.
 
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: my struggles with anxiety and stress, and learning to appreciate my body.
 
  • I love my arms because: I continue to see them get stronger through different asanas that I once couldn’t do.
 
  • My favorite deity is Ganesha because: he represents knowledge and all of his physical features represent so many important characteristics we should live by.
 
  • You must try this healthy snack: Air “fried” potato or zucchini fries sprinkled with a little bit of Old Bay seasoning - it’s the best!
 
  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is drishti because: it means to focus or concentrate, and it serves as a reminder to set your focus ahead of you and continue to concentrate both in a yoga class or in life.
 
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Don’t focus on the other people in the room. You will get so much more out of your practice if you focus on yourself. I promise nobody is looking at you!
 
  • I’m most grateful for: My amazing family and friends that always support me.
 
  • My hero is: my mom. She is the strongest, most selfless & loving person I know & my best friend all in one!
 
  • My one wish for the world is: that we can live in harmony with animals, each other & the Earth without harming one another.
Explore the immense benefits of mindful meditation including deep relaxation, increased optimism, pain relief, and decreased anxiety and/or depression. Many struggle with developing a meditation practice due to the prolonged sitting. Combined with guidance and gentle, periodic movement, mediation becomes much more accessible to all.
Temperature: 72-74° 

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 18 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Oct 23 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Oct 25 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Oct 30 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Nov 01 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Nov 06 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Nov 08 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Nov 13 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Nov 15 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Nov 20 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Nov 22 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Tue Nov 27 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Thu Nov 29 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm with Greg Schumacher