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
Therapeutic Yoga for Your Hands, Arms, and Shoulders
Sundays 1-2 PM, April 16th- May 7th and May 21st (no class on Mother’s Day, 5/14) at South Park Yoga (2985 Beech St, San Diego, CA 92102)
I hear it again and again from clients. Hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders are major areas of pain and tension that so many of us struggle with. It seems like few of us escape unscathed. Whether you’ve had an injury, a surgery, or just nagging shoulder tension, discomfort in this part of our bodies affects whether we can lift our children, perform our jobs, and sleep well at night. These kinds of symptoms can be notoriously hard to get rid of. And they’re one of the main reasons why people struggle with common yoga poses and may feel uncomfortable attending classes.
Now there’s help. For the first time, I’m offering a 5-week small-group program focused exclusively on practices to support healthy and happy hands, arms, and shoulders. In these classes, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite proven strategies to help reduce symptoms in this part of the body so that you can bring more ease into your yoga practice and your life.
When you’re struggling with persistent, long-term pain, simply modifying your yoga poses may not be enough to help you get better. That’s why my therapeutic yoga programs go beyond modifications to create better function, improve strength and stability, and address the many facets that contribute to pain and tension.
Learn how to recruit the amazing adaptability of your human brain and body in order to feel better. In this program, you’ll explore yoga therapy practices including: poses and rehabilitative movement, breath work, meditation, self-massage, and mindful awareness. This program is an excellent starting point if you have a history of injury or surgery in your hands, arms, or shoulders and have been cleared to practice yoga, or if you struggle with chronic pain or tension in this part of the body for any reason.
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’re ready to learn to use yoga practices to support happier, healthier hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders, 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
The fee for the in-person series is $135 ($27/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: Therapeutic Yoga for Your Hands, Arms, and Shoulders – Sundays 1-2 PM at South Park Yoga. Classes are April 16th- May 7th and May 21st (no class May 14th).
Space is limited due to the therapeutic nature of this program. Rachel works individually with every participant in every class. Click below to reserve your spot for this upcoming series.
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 email@example.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.