Teacher: Steve Sampson
Cost: $35 (15% discount for members)
As the autumn approaches, a faster pace and new wave of activity may enter our routine. It could be the start of a new school year, or the realization that we’re deep into the calendar and have goals to reach at work. Yet around us, nature is starting to slow down. The vibrant “yang” energy of the spring and summer are transitioning to the slower “yin” seasons of the year. Nature reminds us of the important interplay of these two energies, inviting us to balance our active lifestyles with time to restore and reflect.
Join Steve Sampson for an afternoon of yin yoga and meditation. This workshop is appropriate for all practitioners…no prior yin yoga experience required!
Yin yoga is an approach to practice that targets the dense connective tissue in our body, and helps to restore and maintain the range of motion in our joints. Floor postures are passively held for longer periods of time with a moderate level of sensation. Yin is a fantastic complement to more “yang” activities such as vinyasa yoga, weight training, or running, which generally emphasize dynamic movement and muscular engagement. The relative stillness of Yin practice helps to balance our energy and can invite meditative reflection.
If you are looking for a sweaty, athletic yoga practice…Steve is probably not your guy, but he can refer you to some great teachers in the area. If you’re interested in exploring functional health and holistic mind-body wellness, and having a little fun along the way, you’ll probably dig his vibe!
Steve's yoga journey began in 2009. To look after his own health and manage stress, he got back into cycling…a sport he enjoyed earlier in life. When he first tried a little yoga, he thought it was just going to be an occasional “stretching” activity to help improve his cycling performance. But he quickly developed a passion for the philosophy and broader practices of yoga. After several years of experiencing the benefits of a regular yoga practice, he decided he wanted to share the power of these practices with others, and embarked on his first training program…and he continues to look for new things to learn, experience, and offer to others!
Steve is a 200-hour graduate of the Give Back Yoga Foundation’s teacher training program, The Hard & The Soft, with Beryl Bender Birch and Sheila Magalhaes at Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, MA. He has also completed 200 hours of training in yin yoga and meditation with the Summers School of Yin Yoga. He continues to study with Josh Summers, and will complete his 300-hour certification later in 2019.
Steve is a Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher, and trained in this program under the direction of Sarah Helt. The mission of Accessible Yoga is to enable all people and communities to experience the benefits of yoga in an inclusive, welcoming environment.He also completed "Yoga for the Rest of Us" teacher training with Peggy Cappy, a program of adaptive yoga for seniors and other individuals who would benefit from a modified yoga practice. Steve strives to blend humor and philosophy to help everyone experience the benefits of yoga practice in a fun, empowering, and safe environment.