Registered Yoga Teacher 500,
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #1243)
is a somatic educator and bodyworker. She has been teaching yoga and experiential anatomy and doing bodywork for over 25 years. Her goal is to help people feel at home in their bodies, to support them in the healing of injury and trauma, and to aid those seeking a more body-aware and nature connected way of being.
She works with the understanding that each of our bodies is a crossroads where the natural world meets our personal history and the history of our ancestors and culture. We are "places" and much of our pain, both physical and psychological, is a result of subtle ways we disconnect from our home in the body and larger natural world. The goal of her work is the conscious reinhabiting of lost places through movement, sensory awareness, touch, and energy work, as well as the conscious re-creation of a more compassionate and embodied culture. How this unfolds is unique for each individual. It requires that both practitioner and client listen below their thoughts to follow the body's lead.
To make an appointment or register for a class please contact Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336 775 7313.
Both individual sessions and group classes are offered in a variety of modalities including:
Massage and Bodywork Therapy
Massage Therapy is useful for relieving soft tissue pain and improving function, increasing relaxation, improving body awareness and sensory integration. Sessions may include structural and/or energy field assessment to better understand how you are living in your body and how to best support changes that you seek.
Healing through Yoga
Private yoga instruction with a therapeutic intent. It usually includes designing a yoga practice that you can do at home that meets your particular structural, psychological or spiritual goals.
Embodiment Process Work
Embodiment Process Work involves listening to and reinhabiting lost places in your bodymind and in your world. It may include elements of massage and bodywork therapy, presence through touch, energy work, Authentic Movement practice, the creation of a personal yoga practice, yoga based breathing practices (pranayama), work with sound and meaning (mantra), prayer and/or the creation of personal ritual. It is a co-creative process and is guided by your intention.
The primary influences in these classes are viniyoga and experiential anatomy. Sydney's goal in each class is to respond to the needs of the students present. Classes include study of the living anatomy of muscles, fascia, bones and organs, etc. to increase awareness in postural practice. Yoga postures are often practiced slowly and are initiated by the breath, creating a meditative experience. Emphasis is placed on developing the skill of body listening, and the ability to allow the body to lead. The mood in these classes ranges from meditative and prayerful to silly and irreverant. Learning from one another is encouraged. Beginners can join at any time.
For information about fees for yoga classes go to Sydney's class page.