Following is a listing of our latest classes & workshops. Please contact Skyler for all inquiries.
I am honored to be teaching at the Accessible Yoga Conference in San Francisco October 6-8! Please join me in learning more about making yoga more accessible. If you have been wondering if there are more options for teaching yoga, than in studios and, want to make more of a difference in the lives of people who would or could never walk into a studio, coming to this conference may be a turning point for you.
I have been sharing yoga & Ayurveda since 2011 with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, and won a grant to keep continuing that important work. I have worked in enhancing the lives of the homeless, veterans, the elderly, worked with the local jails, worked with CalWORKs clients, and mental and behavioral health clients at the Sierra County Drug Court, among others.
Yoga and Self Care for Success -Harmonizing diet and lifestyle. Whether you are applying for your dream job or just want to keep a job that pays the bills, you need to be able to show up with a little enthusiasm, not have to call in sick too often, and be able to respond to various stressors with a modicum of ease. A regular practice of tuning into your places of discomfort and knowing your typical pattern of reaction to pain can help you be able to choose a practical response to the stimulus at hand, as opposed to reacting as if to the first trauma you ever didn't have the resources to know how to handle. It can help you generate a healthier body through more conscious reactions to stress. Instead of reaching for a glass of wine at night, you decide to cook a balanced dinner, or run a bath, or warm up some massage oil. These solutions obviously take more energy to prepare, and so taking steps to ensure a full, deep night's sleep is imperative. Mindfulness in our routines and yoga are two tools to develop more harmonious rhythms of work, self care, play and rest. In this way, we can show up to every situation and person we meet in each day with a relaxed, nourished, and enlivened fullness to give you the energy to attune to the present moment's needs, any client or boss's needs, not to mention kids, partners or anyone else needing your attention. We are able to hear and give hem what they need instead of our stress.
(Open to CalWorks recipients only. Please contact for details)
Mondays 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Yoga for Survivors In recovering from a recent violent and overwhelming experience, it is imperative to allow the nervous system to reset. Most survivors continue cycling in the fight/ flight/ freeze response, hyper vigilant to threat, often finding it where it isn't, and often drawn to circumstances that reenact their trauma, in the psyche's brilliant way of trying to discharge traumatic energy held in the body. But without new tools or resources to do so, each new reenactment will unfold with a new addition to the burden. Working with the body and breath is essential to process the stored energy, and allow for a release from the cycle of reenactment, thus giving the possibility to find and develop healthy partnerships, with additional support in self care and communication. This class allows for a practice to be developed with low stakes, so when higher stakes moments arise, one can respond with clarity, true strength, effectiveness and ease. The class will help reset the nervous system, relieve pain, and slowly help release the burden of trauma, so that you can feel alive in a way perhaps you never thought possible.
Mindfulness and Yoga I met a woman who had been in jail 66 times in the past 6 years. She said she hopped between the homeless shelter when she could be sober, the homeless camp when she couldn't, and jail, when she acted out on or to get her substance of choice. I imagined she wasn't alone, that there were many people in many communities bouncing around this not so invisible triangle, fallen through the cracks, and not receiving the help they need. There may be help out there, but it isn't reaching her, or them.
Having been in jail myself, I experienced the thin pads for a mattress, the pink granny underwear, the cold, the one book of Daily Reflections in the whole pod, the lack of control not being able to drink water or get a writing utensil without money or permission, the dehumanization by the system, and the women I was held with. I vowed I would come back from the outside one day and bring some tools for neuroplasticity, to teach old dogs new pathways in the brain and thus reality- translating to walking new pathways in our lives, developing trust in ourselves, better selection of friends, with interesting work, and interests in other things than alcohol or drugs, like nature and hiking or yoga and organic food. Since I began teaching in the jail, I have seen women and men hungry for the science of consciousness, as well as lots of initial distrust and defensiveness, but almost every person I have worked with there has begun a mindfulness practice, and begun to explore mindfulness through all five senses, in their daily tasks, and many have talked about how they avoided fights, slept better, had more fun, as well as some felt able to come off medications (certainly not at my suggestion!). And everyone felt more at ease after even one practice, and better able to understand some part of their experiences. I believe this is exciting not just for the inmates and the people they become when they leave, but for our society. It may just be a seed planted, but those seeds may have a lifetime of less stress, stressing those around them less, and maybe, just maybe, those once without resources can one day teach others about the resources they learned.