Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain Series

Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain – A 6 Week Series
w/ Jen Mast, RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist
Wednesdays @ 12 – 1:15pm at Revolution Community Yoga
January 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14
6-Week Pre-Registration $130 • Senior Rate (65+) $90
Class is limited to 12 participants

Osteoarthritis affects 30 million adults in the USA. Symptoms include pain and stiffness of the joints and can range from mild to severe, loss of cartilage, swelling and/or warmth, restricted movements, reduction of daily activities such as walking and other movements.  Ironically, the antidote against arthritis is movement.  Yoga provides beneficial, low impact movements that are safe for joints.

This gentle, 6-week yoga series is structured for anyone dealing with arthritis including Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain.  Adaptations will be made for all body types, needs, limitations and abilities.

Jen Mast, RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, will move students through a safe, mindful, healing yoga practice for any stage of arthritis.

Series Objectives:

  • Increase range of motion, movement, strength, balance and overall function
  • Become aware of the mind-body connection in relation to pain and illness
  • Learn how to breathe more efficiently
  • Discover breathing and meditation techniques that reduce stress and promote mindful living
  • Learn how yoga enhances the body’s natural means of repairing itself and assists in nonmedical pain management
  • Practice yoga poses that minimize stress both physically and psychologically
  • Adapt traditional yoga poses to fit your body

This class will always begin in a chair. Students will have opportunities to transition to standing poses with support from the wall or chair if they choose.  Class size is limited to 12 participants to make this series more personalized. Each student will fill out a questionnaire prior to the first session to address personal health concerns, allowing the instructors the opportunity to create a personalized practice that is specifically designed for each individual.

Jen MastJen Mast, RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist
What’s wrong with me?  This was the thought that ruminated in my mind after giving birth to my first child in 2004.  My body hurt, my mind was clouded, and everything felt difficult.  After several years of being told “it’s all in your head”, I took matters into my own hands.  Over the course of the next few years I received official diagnosis(es) of both Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (your body is attacking your thyroid gland) and Sjogren’s Syndrome (your body is attacking your moisture making glands). Once some of the puzzle pieces were in place, yoga became my anchor.  It started with physical healing; the aches and pains became less, and I became stronger, seeing noticeable differences in my body after just a few weeks. Then the mental changes shifted, and I felt calmer, more in control of my emotions, more able to handle the ups and downs of autoimmunity and also life in general.  It also significantly helped my insomnia and other varied symptoms of autoimmune including Fibromyalgia, brain fog, chronic fatigue and weak immune function.  I’ve hurdled many obstacles both medically and mentally, my yoga and loving family and friends have helped me to keep a positive mind and balance in my life.  By bringing myself to the mat every day I stay grounded in the things that are truly important.  I hope to continue to spread the word regarding the lifelong benefits of yoga, especially for those struggling with chronic disease, chronic pain and/or injury.  It is such an honor for me to pass on this practice and the wealth of knowledge I have gained over the years to live a healthier more balanced life… in the present moment.

Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy).  Jen furthered her study and attended a week long intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns.  Jen also competed an anatomy training with Ray Mucci in 2014.  Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both the group and private setting inform her teaching style which infuses safety, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun!

Revolution Community Yoga
537 Massachusetts Avenue
Acton, MA 01720