Guest Teachers

Dr. AJ White-Graff, PT, DPT, CSCS, 500hr E-RYT (they/them)

7/9th, Saturday 5 pm - 6:30 pm PST

Lower Back Injury Prevention/Rehab for Yoga Teachers

Bio: AJ has a lifelong passion for anatomy, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and movement. They completed their doctorate in physical therapy at California State University Long Beach. As a 500 hour Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist AJ has taught yoga and fitness classes throughout New York City and Los Angeles since 2010.

Additionally, They have extensive experience educating yoga teachers and fitness professionals in functional anatomy and biomechanics. AJ's teaching encompasses a balance of strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on alignment and technique. AJ also has experience as a graduate teaching assistant in CSULB DPT program, assisting anatomy lectures and dissection.

Currently, AJ is a full time PT at Select Physical Therapy in Long Beach. In their free time AJ is an avid rock climber, runner, and weightlifter. Lastly, as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, AJ aims to create a classroom and a rehab environment that achieves inclusivity and accessibility for all individuals.

Workshop Description:

In this workshop we will cover evidence based physical therapy concepts to prevent yoga related low back injuries, and what to do when a student comes to you with a lower back injury. After covering the basic anatomy of the lower back we will cover common lower back injuries. Lastly, we will review poses/sequences to be taught with caution to avoid injury; and how to incorporate cross training into your classes to ensure adequate strength and range are available to protect the low back.

Contact:

Email: ajwhitegraff@gmail.com

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Melody Pfeiffer

7/26th, Tuesday 4 pm - 5 pm PST

Sweet & Slow Flow

Bio: My yoga journey began in 2004 when I was immersed in a high-stress corporate career in Public Relations. I found yoga to be exactly what I needed to clear my mind, connect back to my breath and regain some sanity after a long and stressful day at the office. Yoga had an immediate and powerful effect and only weeks after starting to practice I felt that my body and brain had changed forever. It was such a profound difference, that I began to dedicate my life outside of work to the study and practice of yoga. After receiving my 200-hour teacher training in 2008 at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, I began teaching Vinyasa Flow and Yoga for Athletes classes.

My teaching style blends movement with breath awareness to create classes that are dynamic, fun, and therapeutic. My hope is that my students will leave class feeling empowered and like better humans than when they arrived. I take my yoga seriously but try not to take myself too seriously (everything is a practice!). I love to laugh, move my body and have fun.

Class Description: Sweet & Slow Flow 

This sweet and slow flow class was designed to calm down your nervous system by taking you out of your “thinking brain” and into a deeper state of meditation and relaxation. Speed and stress get trapped in the tissues of the body leading to chronic stress, anxiety, and disease. In short, this class will empower students to soften and surrender allowing them an opportunity to retrain the body and brain to slow down. Sound bath, chanting and relaxing music add to this restorative experience. Also prenatal and postpartum-friendly. 

Come chill with me. ✨

Contact:

Website: https://www.wellconnectedyogatherapy.com/

Allie Gomes

7/27th, Wednesday 6:30 pm PST

Gentle Flow Exploration

Bio: Allison Gomes is a California native who has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with mindful movement. Originally a ballet dancer, she holds a degree in Dance from UC Irvine and had a semi-professional career as a modern dancer with companies throughout Southern California. Allison has taught classical Pilates to everyone from pre/post natal clients, to clients rehabilitating from an injury, as well as professional dancers and athletes. In 2012 she moved into an Ashram to study the 8 limbs of yoga and began teaching everything from vinyasa to yin to philosophy.

In the last three years, she has made Southeast Asia her home and has taught in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Laos where she will be joining us from. Her vast experience with myriad movement techniques has given her a cultivated eye for movement as well as an intuitive sense of what the body needs. She will teach a "Slow Burn Vinyasa" class. This class will suit those who like the challenge and physicality of a vinyasa or ashtanga class, but without the emphasis on speed. This class will center a lot on using breath and proper alignment to build stamina and mindfulness.

Class Description:

Leading a yoga retreat is a deeply rewarding and memorable experience. However, the process of organizing a retreat can be overwhelming and intimidating. In this workshop, veteran retreat leader Lauren Ikeda will lay out simple steps to plan the ultimate yoga retreat.

Contact:

Website: www.allisongomes.com

Instagram: @alligtheyogini

Facebook: www.facebook.com/allisongomesyoga

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