Yin/Yang


This class is taught by:

Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)

Tonya Harriman-Fowler has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and a esthetician for the past 16 years. She feels that taking care of the body as a whole is the best approach. Yoga feeds her body and mind and she opes to make it a bigger part of her life.
 
 
 
  • I Got Into Massage Because: I enjoyed receiving massages myself and was very aware of the therapeutic benefits. Massage is a great stress reducer as well as an all over better health influence. I wanted to share this experience with others while educating clients as to the benefits of massage. Touch is key. Every person should incorporate massage into their lives. It is a necessity, not a luxury.

 

  • Yoga and Massage Has: Helped me live in the now, reduce stress and discomfort, increase flexibility and be more aware how important my health is.

 

  • My Favorite Music is: THE 80’S!!!

 

  • I Love My: Hands because of the relief, pleasure, and comfort they can provide to others. I also love my 3 4-legged children; Boozoo, Bear, and Binky.

 

  • My Advice for a Beginning Yogi or Massage Client is:Just do it! Quit talking about trying it and just walk in or call to schedule. I drove past the Release studio for almost a year telling myself I would stop in one of these days…so glad I did! Wished I hadn’t waited so long. Release is a great place to be a part of and great people work here!

 

  • I Am Most Grateful For: My SUPER supportive husband David.

 

  • My Healthy Snack: KIND bars for something sweet. I have one in my purse and tote bag at all times.

 

  • My Heros Are: My clients!

 

  • My Wish For the World: More respect and education for animal advocacy.
 

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.

 

The best of both worlds!
 
The Yin portion of this class is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. Yin poses allow muscles to relax and deep connective tissues surrounding the hips, thighs, and lower back to be gently stretched. Through mindful stretching, Yin Yoga maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages free flow of qi (energy) in the body. Poses are held for longer periods of time (generally 3-5 minutes) and awareness is brought to sensations in the body.

The Yang portion of this class allows us to integrate this openness and awareness into a sense of steadiness and alignment with a short, gentle vinyasa flow in our practice.
 
This class is suitable for all levels. Temperature: 72

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 18 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Oct 23 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Oct 25 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Oct 30 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Nov 01 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Nov 06 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Nov 08 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Nov 13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Nov 15 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Nov 22 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Dec 06 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Dec 11 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Dec 13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Dec 18 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher
  • Thu Dec 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)
  • Tue Dec 25 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Greg Schumacher