Dear Future Foundations Students,
The goal of this six week series is to introduce you to a method of engaging with your body that is safe, accepting, and self-aware, whether you’re dropping in to a class you’ve never tried, following along with a video at home, or stretching your back between long sessions at the computer.
We will use the framework of a beginners drop-in class, slowed down and opened up, to gain direct experience of the present moment through sensations of breath, weight, balance, stretch, resistance, and ease. All of us have access to these sensations. Learning to stay with them long enough to guide them is how we begin the practice of yoga.
I’ve taught Foundations for years, and in every series, we build strength through carefully graduated exercises that allow for challenge and healthy form at once. We discover flowing articulation from breath to spine and back again. We find support in the floor, and explore ways to draw that energy all the way through the body. But each series is also different, because it is always my goal to bring the foundational poses to the bodies in the room, instead of trying to push anybody toward someone else’s ‘perfect’ shape.
Postures in Foundations I will mainly include standing postures, restorative postures, breath awareness and relaxation. You are encouraged to continue onto Foundations II, which will include downward dog, beginning seated postures and twists, introductory inversions.
Try this series if you drop-in to class but wonder what’s underneath the instructions. Try it if you’d love to find a greater degree of ease in your body but are afraid of getting hurt. Try it for better sleep, for more satisfying focus. Try it! Because of all the ways we seek to feel more alive, this is one that works.
10% Early Bird Discount until March 26th
10% TPY Member Discount Applies
Held in our NE Killingsworth space: 3016 NE Killingsworth St.
About Devon Riley
I have been practicing yoga for twenty years, teaching for ten.
These days, my practice and teaching feel increasingly focused on conditions on the ground. What is here? In our bodies, seasons, communities; in our communications with ourselves and each other… What do we notice when we stay here? I find myself interested in therapeutics, balancing weight across joint spaces, and mindfulness as a tool for deconstructing privilege and furthering social justice. In all these areas, I am out on the edge of what I know, and I am curious about what will come next.
I think of the practice space – temporally and spatially – as a safe house. A place to test theories, do research, be vulnerable, compare notes, build habits that help us.
It is my dearest hope and my firm intention to be the sort of teacher who offers tools and experiences to help you make your path the one you learn from most.