Spinal Release Yoga With Marlene

Spinal Release Yoga With Marlene

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5 years in business

About this pro

My hope is to develop a deeply healing, long term relationship with my students.

I teach a specialized form of restorative yoga that utilizes plenty of props and angles to help GENTLY release deep spinal muscles, which are difficult to access and chronically tight for everyone. It is deceptively simple, yet quite effective.

Most poses are done laying on the floor, which makes this practice accessible for almost everyone. I literally SUPPORT you in poses so that you can truly melt.

During our first session together, we'll discuss any injuries or limitations--physical or otherwise--that you may be working with and I tailor sequences accordingly. 

My ultimate goal is to help people help themselves, and if you'd like to start a home practice, I can support you in that as well. I can tailor a home practice for you whether you have 5 minutes or an hour or more.

We, as a culture, are constantly on the go, doing, and overstrategizing which is depleting. I love helping people pause and relax in a deeply healing way, one that has the potential to influence all aspects of life. 

One of my favorite benefits of the SRY form of yoga is more restful sleep!

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Oakland, CA 94610
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We do a brief intake, discussing any physical limitations and/or what you plan to get out of our time together.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1hr Private One-on-One Sessions are $75 each or $200 for 3, offered in Emeryville or Oakland on Grand.

How did you get started teaching?

Marlene has been working as a Respiratory Therapist since 2009, helping critically ill patients on their worst—and sometimes last—days, with the "simple" task of breathing.  As a professional caregiver, self care became an even bigger priority, and she turned to yoga as a refuge from the physical and emotional stress of her job...and life, in general. She loved this full body meditation composed of hot sweaty poses. Her answer to any injury was to do more yoga and deeper poses, but the aches eventually persisted. 

 After practicing consistently for a few years, Marlene tried Spinal Release Yoga, out of curiosity and as a solution to getting better sleep. Following a single class, her most nagging injury—tight hip flexors—truly melted away, however briefly, but she was hooked. Before long, she had her own blankets and pose cards at home, still taking group classes and spoiling herself with a few private sessions. 

The choice to teach was easy, and Marlene became a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Introductory Teacher in June 2017 and continues to be amazed at the profound effects of doing the same simple foundational poses everyday. She recently completed her 200-hour Spinal Release Yoga Training with Kaya Mindlin and greatly looks forward to further studies in this sacred healing practice.

What types of students have you worked with?

Older folks, younger folks, health care providers, people with anxiety, people with chronic nagging injuries

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