All are welcome to attend regardless of experience or current level of fitness. If you believe you may require modifications in order to participate, please consider contacting the instructor in advance so we can best prepare to accommodate your needs.
@ Ganesha Yoga:
Ganesha Rx, Mondays 10:30am-11:30am
Yoga truly is good for what ails you. This is a therapeutic class where you can bring all of your aches and pains, conditions and challenges, and emerge from class feeling refreshed,centered, and at ease within your body. Classes will accommodate a variety of levels and needs, with props and modifications offered so that you can explore what serves you best. Expect flowing movements to warm the body from within, mobility work to find fluidity, and restorative poses to create space for introspection and cultivating inner peace.
Register ahead, or check the schedule in advance for any last-minute changes if you plan to drop-in. Note: this class is generously subbed by Lynn Thompson through Feb 2020 while Catherine is on sabbatical.
@ Yoga Tree:
Balanced Vinyasa+ Yoga Nidra, Tuesdays noon-1pm
All levels are welcome to this vinyasa class where breath is paired with movement for students to self-pace and explore modifications that best serve their unique needs. “The subtle effort of effortlessness” is emphasized in dynamic movement and held postures for a practice that both invigorates and restores. Re-charge by balancing doing (active poses) with being (how we show up in motion and stillness) with the support of the Yoga Tree community. Expect an opportunity to explore a theme, set a heartfelt intention, and open to self-inquiry.
Register here. Note: Yoga Tree is a cashless business. Please pay in advance online or plan to bring a credit/debit card.
Previous yoga workshops/CE offerings include the following. Please contact Catherine if you have an interest in running/hosting one of these specialty workshops:
Finding Balance in Your Practice
Ever wonder why you wobble? Join Catherine to learn the physiology of balance, and how a certain amount of wobble is a good sign you are appropriately challenging yourself! This workshop will explore the mechanisms that allow us to sense our bodies in space and stay centered and balanced as we move through a physical yoga practice and through life. Beginner through advanced balance challenges will be provided so that all participants can safely challenge and strengthen their balance as part of a yoga practice.
Catherine helps you to create a safe space for this practice by helping you understand how balance works so that you can choose intelligent and appropriately challenging modifications. By getting grounded in your body, as often as possible, you can train your brain to be less reactive over time.
Explore yogic tools for managing fear of falling and identify parameters for a safe and effective practice to improve your sense of steadiness. Be prepared for an all-level practice utilizing dharana (concentration, focus,) pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and creative application of asana (physical poses.)
Creative use of Props: Chair Yoga
Using a chair as a prop can make yoga accessible for individuals who have difficulty with sitting on the floor, need support for standing balance poses, and also allows options for mid-workday yoga for those who are sitting all day. But the most common feedback offered after one of Catherine’s chair yoga classes is, “that was really hard!” We tend to think a chair will make poses easier, so many are unprepared for the ways that this prop will challenge you to dig deep and explore different aspects of your practice and your self.
Core and Pelvic Floor
This workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning how yoga practices can support the pelvic floor and core. Catherine will de-mystify the pelvic floor by reviewing its anatomy and physiology, and helping you understand how it supports the health of the following systems:
- urinary health and continence
- regular elimination of toxins
- core strength and prevention of low back or pelvic pain
- support for internal organs and prevention of pelvic organ prolapse
This workshop is appropriate for all levels, and for pre/postnatal participants. No previous yoga experience required, just bring an open mind, your core and your pelvic floor!
Physiology of Breath
Breath is quite literally our life force– it nourishes us and keeps us alive. You may think that you already know the in’s and out’s of breathing (pun intended,) but inefficient breathing is widespread and contributes to abnormal mechanics, stiffness, tension, anxiety and pain. Research shows that Yogic breathing can improve pulmonary function, blood pressure, fatigue, cognitive function, anxiety and stress. This workshop will highlight breath physiology and pranayama techniques as they relate to one’s ability to:
- calm or excite the central nervous system, depending on the breath technique (pranayama) used
- improve posture/alignment and the ability to activate core muscles to improve support for joints and balance
- improve mobility throughout the thoracic spine and rib cage, thus reducing abnormal wear and at the low back, neck, and shoulder
Changing the Pain Game– Neuroscience, Mindfulness and iRest Yoga Nidra
iRest is a form of guided meditation that was developed by yogic scholar and clinical psychotherapist Richard Miller, Ph.D., who is a co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In clinical research trials, iRest has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress, trauma, and addiction. Catherine has found it to be an incredibly transformative practice that informs her work in the clinic and as a yoga therapist. This workshop includes:
Catherine also teaches specialty women’s health classes/workshops on an as-needed basis. Contact her if you have a group that is interested in Prenatal or Postnatal Yoga/Pilates, or Yoga for Childbirth Preparation (for soon-to-be moms and their partners.)
Catherine and her class (the environment she creates) are great examples of warmth and competence in action. Catherine is open, kind, gracious, generous, smart and very good at what she does.
Catherine tailors her classes to the needs of participants of all ages and conditions. She uses props to enhance each movement, and modifications that offer me the opportunity to take care of my body using weekly Pilates and Yoga group classes. I also see her in the clinic for treatment of my arthritis, and I have found her expertise, respect for the human body and her personal centeredness to be an extraordinary resource.
I have taken classes, workshops, and private sessions with Catherine, and find her to be very knowledgable, present, and sincerely interested in helping each student to reach their own potential. Her teaching is clear, based on science as well as experience. She has a strong ‘body sense’ and loves to challenge her own limits and will challenge you to be your own best self!
As a 60-year-old, I want to keep my body strong and moving freely for many years to come. The core work I’ve done as a student in Cat’s class has changed my body, made me stronger, increased my body awareness, and reduced my back pain. She brings a sparkly energy and creative approach to every class, and always seems to find a great balance between work hard and feel good. When I needed to do a round of physical therapy, it was great to be able to see Cat, a highly trained and caring physical therapist that already knew my body, and could keep an eye on me in class once my PT was over.
If you are looking for a solid, intense workout lead by a positive, passionate, and totally well-informed instructor, you need to attend Catherine Lewan’s classes. As a dedicated yoga student of Catherine’s for over 5 years, I can attest she has positively changed my life. She shows you the way to think about your body in a different perspective and provides the instructions on how to make it better. She has variety in each class, gives excellent queues, hands-on adjustments (at your discretion), and insightful thoughts to help you with truly understanding the practice of yoga. Best of all, she loves life and it shows.