A Practical Application of Yoga and Meditation for Educators: Maintaining your emotional and physical wellness during pandemics and other seasons
Jenni Brandon, BM; MM; E-RYT 500
Marianne Breneman, BM; MM; AD, MCHC
Being an educator during the current pandemic means you are learning to pivot quickly to support the needs of your students. In this ever-changing climate, the personal care of your emotional and physical wellness often takes a back seat to preparing and teaching online classes and events. The emotional strain from social distancing, money woes, and job insecurity can also affect our ability to serve our students, our families, and ourselves.
In this 4-part series with Marianne Breneman (health coach/music educator) and Jenni Brandon (yoga teacher/composer) participants will explore ways to integrate the care of the mind and body through healthy lifestyle choices, yoga, breath work, meditation, and mindfulness. Participants will leave with practical new tools and strategies for developing their own wellness plan to incorporate into their daily lives.
Each session will include a short discussion on the topics for that session followed by a yoga and meditation practice that can be easily incorporated into your week using the handouts provided for the series.
All yoga sessions are designed to be for all levels and are accessible to everyone.
Here is a detailed description of what you can expect to take away from this innovative series:
Week One: Intro to Yoga and Meditation
- Introduction to the history of yoga and a practical approach to how we can incorporate poses (asana) and breath work (pranayama) into our lives.
- Introduction to meditation: Short and sweet meditations, great for those new to meditation and short on time.
- Introduction to setting intentions, or affirmations, or ways of being to guide you through your day.
- A short yoga practice to incorporate into the rest of your week.
Week Two: Aches and Pains from Sitting and Inflammation
- Discussion on inflammation and how inactivity affects our long term health
- A yoga practice incorporating a chair to introduce participants to stretches and healthy posture that can be included during our time at the desk.
- Pranayama (breath work)
- A meditation for physical wellness
Week Three: Anxiety & Stress – Learning to release and let go
- Discussion about the nervous system and cognitive overload
- A yoga practice focused on poses to help ground and settle the nervous system
- Pranayama (breath work)
- A meditation on learning to let go
Week Four: Restorative Yoga & Loving Kindness
- Discussion about positivity and creating affirmations
- A restorative yoga practice to help calm the mind and create a space of peace and tranquility
- Pranayama (breath work)
- A meditation on loving kindness
Dates and Times
Sessions are 75 minutes long and are held each Thursday for four weeks (September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8).
4pm PDT/7pm EDT
If you cannot attend live, please choose “recorded option” and a link will be provided each week following the live session. Link will remain active for one week only.
COST : $149
Better together! Encourage your friends to register! Class requires 3 participants minimum.
Marianne Breneman enjoys a hyphenated career as a Clarinetist-Health Coach and is the owner of Mindful Health & Harmony LLC. She holds degrees from Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has enjoyed a diverse career in music; playing in orchestras throughout the Midwest and Southeast, participating in music festivals across North America, teaching at colleges and in her private studio, and playing in pits for musicals and touring shows. This diversity has allowed her the flexibility to pursue her passion for sharing health and wellness and she is committed to helping her clients live better lives through nutrition, exercise, and meditation and mindfulness. Marianne enjoys walking really fast, Pure Barre, yoga, travel, cooking, aeroponic gardening, sharing Juice Plus, reading, and spending time with friends. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Brian and their two exuberant golden retrievers, Oliver and Fiona.
Jenni Brandon is an award-winning composer, conductor, and Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500, RPYT) through Yoga Alliance. Based in California, Jenni is passionate about supporting people in their yoga practice and started Bloom Yoga to offer guidance for their yoga journey. Bloom Yoga offers private and small group classes of yoga (both in person and online), corporate yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga. When she is not on her mat, Jenni is commissioned to write music for soloists, chamber ensembles, concertos, opera and orchestra. Her music appears on over 20 albums, and has been awarded the Sorel Medallion, American Prize, Paderewski Cycle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition among others. She also presents workshops and talks on collaboration and the business of music, striving to create a supportive environment where collaboration leads to an exploration of ideas. Visit bloomyogapractice.com and jennibrandon.com for more information.