SBW ALIGNED YOGA
Inclusive Yoga Classes for the whole mind, body and spirit
"Tension is who you should be. Relaxation is who you are." Chinese Proverb
My personal yoga journey.
I have been a yogi for a long time since 2003. I started practicing yoga because I was curious about it. Then I liked how it felt in my body. I have been in and out of practice since then.
Today I come to my yoga practice to integrate my spiritual beliefs with the poses. My yoga practice is evolving and have had a tremendous opportunity to study as a BIPOC Yoga Teacher Scholarship recipient in 2020 when I received my RYT 200. Since then I have taken classes, studied, attended retreats and workshops hosted by Octavia Raheem, Elena Brower, Dr. Gail Parker, Jillian Pransky, and Cyndi Lee to name a few.
I have also received my RYT500 and seriously began my journey as a yoga teacher.
There is a definite difference been refuge and being. My yoga poses or asanas allowed me to sit with what comes up. For once in my life I have found safety and nourishment because of it.
Yoga has allowed me to go to a place that I feel nourished to create ground for reconnection to my goodness. In 2020, I came home to myself - the emotions, the physical pain and anguish of what was. However, yoga took me away from my anxiety to focus on the positive.
I integrate my practice as a part of my interior environment coaching and other services. I am looking forward to sharing how yoga is integrated in relationship to home.
Yoga is my refuge. It is my sacred sanctuary of home.
Sherry Steine, Registered Certified Yoga Teacher RYT500
Self-care, or karma yoga for self, requires effort, focused attention and perseverance. It means choosing behaviors that balance the effects of emotional and physical stressors. Self-care at home should balance practices of stillness, exercise, love, aesthetic beauty, and healthy food.
Yoga is a self care practice that can be done in the home. It is part of the H or Health to cultivate within.
Sherry has been a yogi since 2003. She started practicing yoga because she was curious about it and wanted to relieve stress. In addition to the services through SBW Aligned, Sherry is also affiliated with the following Maryland and Virginia yoga studios: Beloved Yoga (Reston, VA) Pies Fitness & Yoga (Alexandria, VA) and Shift Yoga (Fulton, Maryland).
Sherry teaches a community based Beginner Yoga Series for the Prince George's County, Maryland- Parks and Recreation and is Board Member of A Healthier You, Inc. a community based non-profit organization serving the needs of populations who do not have access to health programs, services and yoga classes.
The practice of yin yoga is based on ancient Chinese philosophies and Taoist principles which believe there are pathways of Qi (energy) that run through our bodies. By stretching and deepening into poses, we’re opening up any blockages and releasing that energy to flow freely.
Here, the goal isn’t to move through postures freely--postures could be held for three to five minutes, or even 20 minutes at a time. As a Certified Yin Yoga Teacher, I work to access the deeper tissues, and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (such as the hips, sacrum, and spine, to name a few).
While “yang” yoga focuses on your muscles, yin yoga targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It’s slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body.
Restorative Yoga is the practice of yogic shapes, each held for longer than in conventional yoga as exercise classes, often with the support of props such as folded blankets and bolsters to relax the body. Nurture your heart and offer peace to your soul with compassionate self care techniques. The class will include restorative and gentle yoga postures, self massage, breathwork, and mindfulness practices. Restorative yoga allows for rest, healing and emotional reset. It is a relaxing practice designed for any one to enjoy.
Yoga for Seniors 65+
Whether you're aiming to get stronger and more flexible or you just want to decompress and still your mind, yoga can help. This yoga practice includes chair yoga, hath and other styles above. Remember that a key consideration is your physical condition and fitness level. Yoga for Seniors accommodates those with arthritis, osteoporosis, heart conditions, etc. Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise regimen.
Therapuetic Emotional Resilience Yoga
Most often commonly called "Trauma-informed" yoga is based on a particular understanding of trauma, one that emphasizes its impact on the entire mind-body system, as opposed to particular mental states (e.g., troubling memories) viewed in isolation from the physical body.
Yoga can have both stimulating and soothing effects. This is true on both the physical and psycho-emotional levels. As a Certified Trauma Informed/Sensitive Yoga Teacher I encourage balance in the nervous system through classes that incorporate both stimulating and sitting postures, and by encouraging students to notice when they feel safe, soothed, and secure. My skill as a trauma-informed teacher is to emphasize present-state awareness and offer opportunities for students to choose what brings them balance. Over time, students can build coping skills and make choices that support their transition from hyper- or hypo-arousal to a balanced state.
This service is offered 1:1 or specific classes for organizations, yoga studios, mental health practitioners, or others interested in incorporating this wellness approach as part of their overall therapy program.
Look for upcoming workshops and special events being offered throughout the year. Special retreats will start being offered in 2024.