through the body, connect to soul

FREE Yin Class

This class is taught by:

Joyce Mayer

Joyce has taken the long road to teaching, through a beginning practice 35 years ago, as an exhausted college student, in a dusty church attic in Harvard Square, years of dance (as a student and performer), Pilates, and multidisciplinary spiritual practice. Her academic experience includes a degree in molecular biology, with special studies in vertebrate development and structure. She is an adjunct professor in ballet at UAA Department of Theater and Dance, instructs ballet at Pulse Dance Studio, and teaches Pilates at Alaska Dance Theater. After years of parenthood, performance, and teaching, a return to active yoga practice provided a means of grounding her kinesthetic impulses in a consciously integrated technology, that is healing, joyful, and provokes endless exploration. She received her 200 hour teacher training through Anchorage Yoga, in 2014, and hopes to extend to her classes the opportunity to gather what they seek from the experience, and to be open to the possibility of the unexpected.

Justine Schwab

Since Justine began her journey into teaching in 2015, every direction she turns she meets inspiration and motivation to remain on this path. She began her yoga journey 9 years ago, and after 5 years of falling in and out of her practice, she found consistency and devotion through her discovery of Self. It was the transition of shifting her experience of yoga from a purely physical practice that happened in a class, to something she carried with her in each moment. Breath, awareness, movement. Her curiosity about the workings of the mind, our relationship with ourselves and our bodies, and the transformative impact of yoga drove her to take the leap she had always feared to take, and in August of 2015 she left the country for the first time to complete a 200-hr training in Costa Rica. Through consistent teaching since, personal practice, various healing modalities through White Raven Center, and an insatiable hunger to discover more about the human experience, she has found a teaching style that combines building a relationship with the body, mind, and spirit, and challenging ourselves to settle into the comforts and discomforts of the constant ebb and flow of life. Her time spent at Deha Yoga has been central to the teacher she is today, and the opportunities and growth it has offered to her journey is irreplaceable. Her heart is truly present in all she teaches.

Barb Williams

Barb has worked at a fitness club for over 20 years, and had taken every kind of group fitness class listed on the schedule. About 15 years ago she saw a yoga class on the schedule, and she knew from that first class that she had to have more yoga in her life. She began by taking more classes, and by helping teach a kids yoga class in the studio. Then she created a before-school yoga club at the school where she teaches 2nd grade. This year she traveled to Sarasota Florida and studied for months under Sue Marcus, a registered Iyengar Yoga instructor. In April she earned her RYT-200 from Spirit Path Yoga, studying with Margi Clifford and Margo Sorum. Barb’s style of yoga is ever evolving, as she continues to take classes and workshops and learn more about the wide variety of types of yoga. She has a deep appreciation for what yoga can offer, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Her other interests include her 2 teenagers, hiking, and learning fingerstyle guitar. She loves sharing her love of yoga with children, as they play with it and make it their own. She looks forward to sharing her love of yoga with you.
Join us for a free class in the style of Yin. These teachers are finishing up their final requirements in order to become certified to teach Yin Yoga to our community! Come to support their continuing education and to support your ever-evolving yoga practice. We do ask that you stay a few minutes after class to provide teacher feedback as this is part of their requirements for certification. Register online soon to save your spot!
Below is our description of a Yin Yoga class:
This is a practice that stays low to the floor, but works deep into the connective tissues, fascial networks and joint capsules of the body. Primary focus is placed on the pelvis. Postures are held for extended periods of time to allow for muscular release. Once muscles release, the deeper “yin” tissues of the body are able to receive the benefits of the posture. Because Yin Yoga targets ligaments, bones and joints, it is not recommended for those working with an active or recent injury. For many, this class provides a deep energetic release as well. 75 degrees.