Drop-in Session: Steadying the Heart & Mind with Yoga

Robyn Long, MA, E-RYT

About this Event

The session weaves together a series of traditional Yoga practices for cultivating a sense of calm and inner peace: mindful movement, focused breathing, and meditation. This session will begin with a gentle Yoga sequence to settle the body. We will then explore how a simple breathing practice along with the use of an anchor phrase (i.e., a mantra) can soothe anxiety. The session will close with a meditation. In Hatha Yoga, these practices are frequently completed together as a means of steadying the mind and emotions. Each one can also be drawn upon individually as a brief practice when you need extra support.

Note: All postures will be offered kneeling, laying down, and seated (ground or a chair). You do not need a yoga mat for this session. You may want a blanket or towel to fold and place under your knees for support when we do kneeling postures. 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. Additionally, please contact Robyn to share any specific access needs (i.e. if you will do the entire sequence in a chair).

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About the Presenter

Robyn Long

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.