Yoga Workshop Information
Workshops are complimentary for facility members who
have group exercise class access.
Facility members who have not purchased group exercise
class access may attend by paying the $10.00 drop-in fee at the
front desk of Hemenway Gymnasium.
There is a $10.00 fee for Harvard Affiliates without
Affiliates must present a valid HUID at the front desk in order
Twenty-five class passes will be available 30 minutes prior to
the start time of class on a first-come, first-serve
Please bring a Yoga mat, water and wear loose, comfortable
clothing. Props will be supplied unless otherwise noted. Workshop
offerings are subject to change. All workshops will take place in
the Multi-purpose Room at Hemenway Gymnasium.
For questions, please contact Liz Hamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All workshops are
held in the Multi-Purpose Room at Hemenway Gymnasium on Saturdays
Meditation and Yoga:
Explore the Connection
This workshop will explain the different varieties of meditation
using yoga poses and yogic breathing sequences as a prelude to
meditation. Many people find it hard to meditate as the mind can be
agitated and cluttered. You will learn simple yoga poses and
breathing exercises to help to clear your mind, leading you to a
quiet interior place, which is an integral part of meditation.
Dress in warm, comfortable workout clothing. Suitable for all
Day/Date: Saturday, September 22
Instructor: Larisa Fernandes
Partner Yoga is designed for two people. The practice
utilizes the principles, forms and methods of yoga poses while
integrating another’s presence to deepen the stretch and the
development of the practice or pose. The practice is
beneficial and engaging. You do not need to bring a partner
in order to participate. Partners will be assigned according
Day/Date: Saturday, October 13
Instructor: JoAnne Rose Foley
Come stretch, strengthen and learn to maximize your breathing in
this fun workshop! Whether you're a weekend warrior or training for
your first half marathon or yet another full marathon, yoga is a
great tool to boost your running as well as prevent and relieve
injuries. We will target everything from feet, hamstrings,
hips, core and upper body in a vigorous flow, and then relax and
open with deep Yin stretches. You'll leave this workshop with some
great pre- and post- run stretches and a better understanding of
your body and breath to support a lifetime of healthy
running. All levels welcome!
Day/Date: Saturday, October 27
Instructor: Abby Thompson
and Inversions: Breaking Down Handstands, Forearm Stands and
In this workshop learn how to train, practice, and master various
levels of handstand, forearm stand and arm balances by learning
wrist exercises, core strength and proper alignment. You will also
learn how to safely assist and adjust with partners for various
inversions as well as working at the wall. All levels welcome.
Day/Date: Saturday, November 10
Instructor: Lotsie Cash
Headstand (Sirsasana) and shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) are known
as the king and queen of asana. Each is significant in
developing a full yoga practice. Sirsasana nourishes the
pineal gland within the brain whose function relates to the
production of melatonin and regulation of sleep cycles.
Sarvangasana relates to the thyroid, parathyroid, thymus and the
pituitary gland. These asanas affect both metabolism and the
immune system. Learn how to prepare for these poses to
minimize and eliminate neck and shoulder discomfort and to prevent
injuries that can result from practicing them incorrectly. We
will explore, through related asanas, how to train your body and
mind to practice these wonderful poses safely and without fear. If
you already practice them, come to refine and enhance your
understanding and performance of them.
Day/Date: Saturday, December 1
Instructor: Ray Iasiello
Yoga On and
Off the Mat
This workshop focuses on both practicing yoga as a physical
exercise as well touching on the overall holistic elements of
movement, awareness, and breath work that can be practiced anytime
and anywhere. We will explore the deeper benefits of and
symbolism behind many common yoga poses and learn tools that will
help reduce stress and bring balance into your daily life on and
off the mat.
Day/Date: Saturday, December 15
Instructor: Leslie Hubbard