The most interesting thing about it … is each other.
It’s a pretty typical yoga workshop …
But rather than focusing on your own
experience, we’ll get to focus on
being in relationship …
We’ll bring awareness to our bodies.
Move … Stretch … Breathe …
… and enjoy connection, support,
cooperation and synchronization.
It’s lively and fun. Optimistic and inspiring. Intimate but not sexual.
It’s about the love. Come share it.
Richard Levitt, RYT
Richard has always demanded a lot from his body and over time learned the importance of giving back. He began as a competitive swimmer at age eight, became a wilderness backpacker and explorer at 12, a backcountry motorcycle rider at 15, a martial artist at 18 and a yogi at 30. He’s been teaching Aikido for 15 years and yoga for four years.
He was introduced to yoga by Saraswathi Devi under Swami Vignanananda and continued to explore the practice through Anasura, Bikram, Kripalu and Sivananda. He’s attended numerous local and international seminars, workshops and retreats. He became a certified yoga instructor through Kripalu in 2013, focused on teaching yoga to martial artists.
In 2000, he began experiencing severe lower back pain and sciatica. Rather than getting the recommended surgery, he studied back pain and his own physical structure and movement. That led to discoveries about work habits, posture and body mechanics and eventually to a focused yoga practice. He resolved those terrible back problems without surgery.
His professional career as an ad agency copywriter and creative director led to developing a series of workshops and seminars on creativity. The goal is to shift commonly held beliefs about the nature of creativity and introduce creative problem solving tools and techniques to people who don’t consider themselves creative. Those ideas inform his physical practices and teaching.
Besides all the physical stuff, he writes poetry, essays, short stories and songs, writes and illustrates a weekly comic, plays guitar and ukulele. He’s been married 25 years.
Theresa Rizzo, PsyD, RYT
Theresa began practicing yoga in 1992, and experienced how it diminished stress and improved her own mood. It helped her feel more centered, despite the chaos that often accompanies the competing priorities and conflicting demands of modern living. In 1998, she began training in Vipassana meditation and attending silent retreats. In 2013, she became certified as a yoga instructor through Kripalu.
She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Multicultural Competency at John F. Kennedy University. She has a private practice in Berkeley. As a licensed psychologist, she helps people manage stress and heal from abuse, betrayal, and trauma. Her clients learn to be assertive in communication so they can get more of what they want. They build self-esteem and overcome fears of connecting and of the future.
Through her years of practice, she has seen many of her clients struggle with relationship issues: they’re afraid of being misunderstood; they mistrust those around them; they feel inequity, unsupported, or unloved. They feel like their needs aren’t important. They are often uncertain about their life’s next steps.
Many people don’t know how to ask for what they want. They don’t trust or never feel fully trusted. They feel disconnected from their bodies or trapped in their heads, which can make them feel detached from the important people in their lives.
Yoga can help to form new emotional and psychic patterns. What you do on the mat becomes integrated into your daily life. By directly experiencing trust, you can begin to nurture that trust in yourself, your relationships, and the world. Experiencing love, support, compassion, and respect in a safe setting brings all those things into everyday life.
That is the idea behind couple’s yoga.
In this setting, she guides couples to actively and purposefully experience compassion, love, giving and receiving generous touch, offering—and receiving—their partner’s full attention.
She helps you show up for each other with no agenda more important than being present for each other. That mindfulness creates an increased sense of trust and well being. Together, you’ll become more grounded in your bodies and in touch with your emotions. The goal is to become less reactive and stop engaging in disruptive or damaging patterns.
It’s too easy to put relationships last. This is an opportunity to put yours first.
What is Couple’s Yoga?
It’s an opportunity to explore being together, a partner yoga practice with poses (asanas) that you do together. But we won’t be doing tricky balances or extreme weight bearing. The focus is on relationship and connection—to your body and to your partner. We offer a safe place to explore your communication patterns.
Do we need to have an established yoga practice?
No, Couple’s Yoga is appropriate for all levels. The focus is on building connection with your partner, using yoga principles as a vehicle. So we’ll be helping couples find their own yoga through techniques of deep listening. We’ll help you modify poses as necessary. If you have particular concerns about your health and mobility, please let us know. Our intent is to make Couple’s Yoga accessible for all body types.
What if we are very different sizes?
Couple’s Yoga was created so couples of any heights, weights, and variations can participate. If you can participate in a conventional yoga class, you can join us.
What if someone has a health issue or physical limitation?
As with any physical exercise program, you should stay well within your comfort zone and capabilities. If you are unsure whether yoga is OK for you, speak to your physician. Otherwise, let us know if you have specific health concerns so we can make your experience more enjoyable.
Is this like couple’s therapy?
No. This is not talk therapy. You will not be asked to reveal difficulties, problems, or other personal information in the group setting. You may, however, learn more about your communication patterns, connect more deeply to your partner, and develop greater intimacy in your relationship as a result of your participation.
You may be asked about your experiences during the workshop, but you are not required to share or give feedback unless you are willing to do so.
What if a personal issue comes up?
The body can hold on to emotional experiences. It is not uncommon for feelings to arise during the practice of yoga. We offer you a safe place to explore your reactions and give you the support to find some release.
How long is the workshop?
Workshops and classes vary in length from 90 minutes to three hours. They include mutual massage, asana practice, communication exercises and meditation.
If you are interested in participating, please send an email through the website to stay informed.
What do we need? How do we dress?
Prepare for a yoga class. Wear loose or stretchy pants, tights or shorts and your favorite shirt or top. You might want to have layers so you can adjust if you get warm or cold. If you have favorite props, bring them. But we’ll have plenty of props available, including blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets.
How much will it cost?
Cost varies on the length and content of the workshop or class. As we schedule new dates, we’ll post the price.
How do we register?
Click here or on the Register Now button.
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