Drop-in Session: A Yoga Practice for Releasing Tension

Robyn Long, MA, E-RYT

About this Event

In this session, we will share a yoga practice with postures that can release tension in the neck, shoulders, and back. This sequence will also allow us to build awareness about habitual movement patterns and take steps to preventing future tension. We will end with a guided breath practice and meditation. This session is based on the teachings of Sir Desikachar, who emphasized individualizing yoga to each person’s unique needs.

Note: You do not need a yoga mat for this session. You will want a) a blanket or towel to place under your knees for support during kneeling postures; and b) a yoga strap, or long scarf/belt. Robyn will offer modifications in the poses for common aches such as mild back or neck pain. However, if you have any injuries, or acute or chronic pain, please consult your physician before doing yoga poses.

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About the Presenter

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Robyn Long, MA, E-RYT

Robyn leads CCFW’s collaborations with community partners to create mindfulness and compassion-based programs that support the well-being of parents and providers working with children and families. She also co-develops interventions for CCFW’s research, including a postpartum stress reduction program for NEW Moms and resilience program for college students (Be REAL). Robyn has been facilitating wellness and mindfulness-based programs, including yoga, since 2009 in a variety of community and clinical settings in the US, Canada, India, and the Middle East. Prior to coming to the UW, she managed health and wellness programs and grants at the University of Calgary, Harvard School of Public Health, and international nonprofits focused on child development and education.                     

Robyn holds a BA and MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University, a certificate in Early Childhood Education and Development, and is currently enrolled in the UW MSW program. She has completed advanced yoga and meditation teacher training programs under the guidance of Sir TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation in India, The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens. Robyn has specialized training in yoga and mindfulness for children, cancer patients, trauma, and the prenatal and postpartum periods.