Small-Group Therapeutic Yoga – In Person

The in-person program is a great option if you:

  • Live in San Diego.
  • Are comfortable practicing in a small group indoors (following COVID-19 safety protocols at the time of the program).
  • Prefer in-person instruction and community practice.
  • And/or don’t have an appropriate space or the technology needed to practice at home.

Interested in online options instead? Click here.

I have often bemoaned the fact that we STILL don’t have a machine that can scan you and tell you what’s “wrong.” Yoga therapy with Rachel is as close as I’ve gotten to that sci-fi scanning machine I imagine. It’s not instant results, but I did start to see changes, feel more at ease, and develop strategies within a few weeks, AND it’s also been just as holistic as that future machine I envision. Rachel really looks at the whole person, not just a body moving through space. She is considerate, patient, thoughtful, and willing to explore.

— Katie

Now booking:

Pain Relief for Modern Life

October 19th- November 16th, 2022: Wednesdays 7:00- 8:00pm at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, East Room (3301 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116)

Modern life can be hard on your body. There’s rushing from meeting to meeting. There’s all the sitting, whether it’s at a desk or behind the wheel. There are the small, repetitive movements of typing, using your mouse, and swiping. And there are, of course, the screens. So many screens! Plus, how do you find the time to add in self care? No wonder you have aches and pains.

Now there’s help. For the first time, I’m offering a 5-week small-group program to teach you to use yoga as an antidote to the discomfort that arises from too much desk time and other modern lifestyle habits. In Pain Relief for Modern Life, you’ll get an introduction to the basics of my therapeutic approach to using yoga to reduce pain and manage stress.

As a business owner and former educator and manager, I understand that you probably can’t just stop using your computer, commuting by car, or sitting in meetings for long periods of time. That’s why Pain Relief for Modern Life emphasizes tools to help you bear the load of your day-to-day more efficiently so that you can feel better and keep being the best you can be at what you do.

In this program, you’ll learn how to recruit the amazing adaptability of your human brain and body in order to reduce symptoms. We’ll use supported rest, breath work, yoga poses, and movement to support wellbeing. Grow your awareness of what’s happening in your body, and improve your understanding of what your symptoms are trying to tell you. This key ingredient of therapeutic yoga puts you in the driver’s seat of your own healing as you learn to move better and feel better.

I enjoyed learning to slow down and notice how my body is talking to me. Of course, Rachel is the guide since you do not realize until someone points it out. She has a warm and inviting personality that helps her clients feel safe and comfortable.

–Julie

If you sit a lot or use a computer for work or school, and you struggle with pain or tension symptoms, this program is an opportunity to:

  • Grow your awareness of what your body is trying to tell you, and learn to use this awareness in conjunction with principles of healthy movement to reduce your symptoms.
  • Understand how your symptoms are connected.
  • Explore breathing and relaxation techniques to support your health.
  • Learn about healthy movement, using restorative and active yoga poses to explore.
  • Receive personalized guidance and a brief (5-15 minutes) customized home practice program to support your learning each week.

Therapeutic yoga with Rachel helped me greatly increase the mobility in my shoulders, and it made me more aware of how I position my body in bed so that I can decrease my back pain. Just having the tools to address how I move and breathe has increased my awareness throughout the day.

— Stacy

Pricing

The fee for the in-person series is $125 ($25/class). You must sign up for the entire series of 5 classes. This includes:

  • 5 live in-person classes with Rachel.
  • Personalized guidance and feedback about your movement in every class.
  • A spinal strip yoga prop.
  • A brief customized program (including written instructions) for you to work on between classes if you like. This should take 5-15 minutes a day.
  • E-mail support from Rachel for the duration of the program.
  • After 5 weeks, you’ll have collected a set of tools that you can use to support your well-being whenever you need them.

Now booking: Pain Relief for Modern Life – October 19th- November 16th, 2022; Wednesdays 7:00- 8:00pm at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, East Room (3301 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116)

Space is limited due to the therapeutic nature of this program. Rachel individually supports to every participant in every class. To reserve your spot for this upcoming program, click below.


If these times don’t work for you and you want to book a small-group therapeutic yoga program on your schedule, all you need is a group of 3-5 interested people. To get started, click below and send me a message to book your own private series.

Frequently Asked Questions (In-Person Program):

What equipment do I need for this class?

  • You need a yoga mat.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move.
  • You will receive a complimentary spinal strip prop. Other props will be available for use or you can bring your own if you like.

Do I need to attend the classes live?

Yes. Class recordings will not be provided, and any missed classes cannot be made up. If you need to miss a week, that’s fine; however, I cannot refund the fees for missed classes.

I’ve never done yoga before. Is this class appropriate for me?

Yes. All levels of experience are welcome and supported in this class.

What paperwork is needed?

After you pay to reserve your spot, you’ll receive some paperwork to the e-mail address you used to sign up. (Want to use a different e-mail? Message me at rachelishiguroyoga@gmail.com and let me know.) You’ll need to provide a brief health history, including any areas of pain or difficulty, so that I can provide a program that meets your needs.

I have pain in multiple areas. Is this class suitable for me?

When movement patterns in a joint are not serving us, we compensate for the missing movement with other parts of the body. This means that how you move at the hips affects not only the hips, but also the low back, knees, ankles, feet, and even the shoulders or neck. And the shoulders – you guessed it – affect your hands, wrists, elbows, necks, upper backs, and everything else in the body. For this reason, many people find that the work we do in any class series can help with discomfort in other areas. Some of the practices we use will be the same across all class series, regardless of the primary body part focus. The practices used are customized for the people who attend and targeted to the class topic, but may help with other issues as well.

What about COVID-19?

My current COVID safety protocols for in-person programs will be kept updated HERE. In the event that local or state regulations close in-person programming, the program will be offered online or a refund will be given.

What’s the cancellation policy?

You must pay in full to reserve your spot. Any cancellations received 24 hours or more before the first class will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 24 hours before the program begins, or for classes you do not attend.