What you will need:
- A sturdy chair like a kitchen chair or a strong metal folding chair.
- A Yoga mat for underneath the chair. If you don’t have a yoga mat the chair should be on a carpet/rug so it won’t slide. If you have a mat it’s fine to do in the kitchen – legs of the chair on the mat.
- Yoga Blocks – if you doesn’t have blocks just a couch pillow (something to squeeze between inner thighs or hands when we do some strength work.
- Yoga Strap – If you don’t have a yoga strap you can use a dish towel or a scarf.
- Sometimes having a blanket or towel draped over the back of the chair can provide a little comfort and support.
Strengthen, tone, integrate, balance, stretch and lengthen, twist, breathe and quiet the mind with Jen Mast, Integrative Functional Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 500. This class will adapt traditional yoga poses, functional movement exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques while sitting or standing (optional) by giving students a gentle supportive entrance into yoga no matter what shape, age, experience, ability or condition of your body. Come enjoy new found health, mobility and vitality and learn to move and feel better in your body. Please consult your doctor before joining any exercise program and contact Revolution Community Yoga if you have specific questions.
*If your challenges are severe, please consult with your physician first before attending class.
Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn. Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself. It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself. Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release. As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression.
Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns. In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun!