yoga at the eco-institute

Most* SATURDAYS 9:30-10:45 am

Most* Sundays 10-11:30 AM


Saturday YOGA

Most* SATURDAYS 9:30-10:45 am

With Alison Sever, RYT-200 + Certified Reiki Practitioner

Mixed level, donation-baseD

 
Alison Sever  knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher as soon as she began practicing. Feeling burnt out in the final weeks of high school, she found a deeper sense of self as well as more lightness in her connections with others upon developing her own yoga practice. For over a decade, yoga has been an emotional regulator, a soul soother, a spiritual discipline, and the primary mode through which she understands all the ways she is connected with others and to this planet.  Though Alison completed her 200-hour training in 2017 through Sadhana Yoga School in Keene, NH—she has been teaching mindfulness, meditation, and yoga philosophy to her peers and her teenage students since 2010. She has had the fortune of rolling out her mat in many beautiful places, like on a volcano-island in Nicaragua, on top of a millennium-old stupa in Myanmar, on a floating dock in Zanzibar, and on many tent platforms in the woods.  Alison uses the term “DIY Slow Flow” to describe her teaching style. It’s rooted in vinyasa yoga, which means that breath is central to the practice and initiates movement. To her, breath is a tool not only for regulating the nervous system, but also for understanding our energetic existence and inherent connection with others. She believes that when we focus on our breath, we are able to be more kind, be more loving, and make choices for the sake of others.  “Breathing in, I am receiving a gift from the Universe. Breathing out, I am giving it back to the systems we all share.”  In her teaching are peppered opportunities to guide yourself into alternative positions or experiences. She believes a true vehicle for self-care must be self-guided to some extent, and yoga is a ripe opportunity to foster awareness of that which makes us feel most whole. As a teacher she’ll bring to you some of the things she loves most about yoga: moving intuitively, balancing contemplation with play, and building a loving, patient relationship with the body, mind, heart, and spirit. In her classes you can expect creative sequencing, careful transitions, and holding poses for perhaps longer than your ego might hope.  Above all, know that when you practice with her, her highest wish is for you to feel honored, welcomed, and encouraged to listen to your own body.   *Want to know if yoga is happening this Saturday? – email Alison at    programs@eco-institute.org    to find out about yoga this week or to join her email list.

Alison Sever knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher as soon as she began practicing. Feeling burnt out in the final weeks of high school, she found a deeper sense of self as well as more lightness in her connections with others upon developing her own yoga practice. For over a decade, yoga has been an emotional regulator, a soul soother, a spiritual discipline, and the primary mode through which she understands all the ways she is connected with others and to this planet.

Though Alison completed her 200-hour training in 2017 through Sadhana Yoga School in Keene, NH—she has been teaching mindfulness, meditation, and yoga philosophy to her peers and her teenage students since 2010. She has had the fortune of rolling out her mat in many beautiful places, like on a volcano-island in Nicaragua, on top of a millennium-old stupa in Myanmar, on a floating dock in Zanzibar, and on many tent platforms in the woods.

Alison uses the term “DIY Slow Flow” to describe her teaching style. It’s rooted in vinyasa yoga, which means that breath is central to the practice and initiates movement. To her, breath is a tool not only for regulating the nervous system, but also for understanding our energetic existence and inherent connection with others. She believes that when we focus on our breath, we are able to be more kind, be more loving, and make choices for the sake of others.

“Breathing in, I am receiving a gift from the Universe. Breathing out, I am giving it back to the systems we all share.”

In her teaching are peppered opportunities to guide yourself into alternative positions or experiences. She believes a true vehicle for self-care must be self-guided to some extent, and yoga is a ripe opportunity to foster awareness of that which makes us feel most whole. As a teacher she’ll bring to you some of the things she loves most about yoga: moving intuitively, balancing contemplation with play, and building a loving, patient relationship with the body, mind, heart, and spirit. In her classes you can expect creative sequencing, careful transitions, and holding poses for perhaps longer than your ego might hope.

Above all, know that when you practice with her, her highest wish is for you to feel honored, welcomed, and encouraged to listen to your own body.

*Want to know if yoga is happening this Saturday? – email Alison at programs@eco-institute.org to find out about yoga this week or to join her email list.

 

Sunday Yoga
at the Lakeside Gazebo

Most* Sundays 10-11:30 AM
May thru September

WITH Hannah Byrum, RYT-200

Mixed level, donation-baseD

 
Yoga instructor  Hannah Byrum  is delighted to be back for her ninth year of this warm-weather offering. This energetic mixed-level class is donation-based, and includes warming standing sequences and a sublime supine cool-down. Class takes place on the covered deck of the gazebo and happens regardless of rain or shine. The pastoral setting and sounds of nature bring meditative serenity deep into your practice.  Hannah is a Chapel Hill native and have been teaching yoga in the area since 2007. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in hatha yoga, alignment yoga, and kundalini. Her primary teachers are Sommer and Paul Sobin, and Dr. Douglas Brooks.  Hannah’s mom practiced yoga while she was pregnant with her, and she grew up around yogis who would indulgently accept her challenge to headstand contests. She started taking yoga classes and exploring different styles in college, but it wasn't until she did a 30-day challenge -- 30 classes in 30 days -- that she began to understand the profound power of yoga to heal the body, calm the mind, and lift the spirit. After that she began to study yoga in earnest and make it part of her life.  Her teaching style is upbeat and celebratory, and she invites students to back away from their 'edge' and instead find the expression of the pose that feels the most therapeutic and resonant throughout the body.   *Want to know if yoga is happening this Sunday? – email Hannah at    byrumh@gmail.com    to find out about yoga this week or to join her gazebo yoga email list.

Yoga instructor Hannah Byrum is delighted to be back for her ninth year of this warm-weather offering. This energetic mixed-level class is donation-based, and includes warming standing sequences and a sublime supine cool-down. Class takes place on the covered deck of the gazebo and happens regardless of rain or shine. The pastoral setting and sounds of nature bring meditative serenity deep into your practice.

Hannah is a Chapel Hill native and have been teaching yoga in the area since 2007. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in hatha yoga, alignment yoga, and kundalini. Her primary teachers are Sommer and Paul Sobin, and Dr. Douglas Brooks.

Hannah’s mom practiced yoga while she was pregnant with her, and she grew up around yogis who would indulgently accept her challenge to headstand contests. She started taking yoga classes and exploring different styles in college, but it wasn't until she did a 30-day challenge -- 30 classes in 30 days -- that she began to understand the profound power of yoga to heal the body, calm the mind, and lift the spirit. After that she began to study yoga in earnest and make it part of her life.

Her teaching style is upbeat and celebratory, and she invites students to back away from their 'edge' and instead find the expression of the pose that feels the most therapeutic and resonant throughout the body.

*Want to know if yoga is happening this Sunday? – email Hannah at byrumh@gmail.com to find out about yoga this week or to join her gazebo yoga email list.