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Valentine Special: Free First Class in February for Thai Yoga for Partners and Restorative Posture Classes

Jan 30, 2013 12:26PM

Cecile Raynor

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Cecile Raynor, a certified Alexander Technique teacher and Thai yoga therapist, is presenting two new classes, each of which participants can try once for no charge. Both will be held at Akasha Studio, in Jamaica Plain. Thai Yoga for Partners will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, starting February 9; Restorative Posture classes will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Sundays, beginning February 10.

Thai Yoga for Partners invites students to form pairs and learn to assist each other with floor-supported yoga poses. “Thai Yoga for Partners helps students to effortlessly expand their range of motion,” says Raynor, adding that it helps to release tension, improve circulation, boost immunity and balance energy, and that no previous yoga experience is necessary.

Restorative Posture classes include a sequence of mindful movements and constructive resting to promote better posture and improved health. “The Restorative Posture class helps people learn how to decrease excess tension during daily activities, use their body in an organic way to improve posture, reduce neck, back and joint tension and reclaim their own mind-body space,” Raynor says.

A third event, a workshop entitled Introduction to Alexander Technique, will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on February 16, in Brookline Village. This workshop differs from the classes in that it is more handson and covers material from head to toes. “The Alexander Technique, the basis for everything I do, teaches people to use their bodies in ways that prevent excess tension,” Raynor explains. “It also allows tension to melt away as we learn how to stop creating it.”


Cost for Thai Yoga for Partners and Restorative Posture: $15 per class. One introductory class may be taken for no charge. Location: Akasha Studio, 14 Meehan St., 2nd Flr., Jamaica Plain. For more information, call 339-532-7500 or visit AkashaStudioJP.com. Cost for Introduction to Alexander Technique: $50. Location: 33A Harvard St., Brookline. For more information, call 617-359-7841 or visit AlexanderTec.com.

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