In Somatic-Informed Yoga, we listen to the messages our body communicates to our mind as impulses, sensations, or instincts. Our body’s natural intelligence may ask us to lean in deeper or back away from the direction our mind wants to go. In this process, we cultivate a more respectful and trusting relationship between mind & body and deepen connection with our spirit.
In this Eight-Week series we will explore and increase our appreciation for our whole body and its many parts. Each class will focus mindfully on a specific group of muscles , bones, and joints to increase range of motion and flexibility, build bone density and muscle strength, release accumulated tension and constriction, and improve balance. We will also draw upon an array of yogic practices including gentle, yin, somatics, kriya, restorative, pranayam, yoga nidra, and meditation.
Great series for beginners, those recovering from injury or surgery, and all who seek ways to relieve symptoms of depression & anxiety, body tension, and the stress of daily living.
Eight Sundays, 9:15-10:30AM, Feb.28 – April 25, 21 ***(NO CLASS 4/11/2021)
Week 1: Feet & Ankles
Week 2: Legs & Knees
Week 3: Hips & Pelvis
Week 4: Core Stability
Week 5: Spine: Neck to Tailbone
Week 6: Shoulders & Arms
Week 7: Wrists & Hands
Week 8: The Whole Body
Therapeutic Yoga is a great class for beginners, students recovering from injuries, illness, stress, and for those wanting a more peaceful practice. Therapeutic Yoga incorporates slower paced movement flows with breath awareness, gentle strength-building, joint lubrication, increasing range of motion, alignment cues that encourage a safe practice, and balancing of the nervous system for a calmer mind-state. Each class draws from a palette of yogic healing arts including gentle, yin, somatics, kriya, restorative, pranayam, yoga nidra, and meditation.
Sunday 9:15-10:30AM, Feb.28 – April 25, 2021 (NO CLASS 4/11/2021)
Each class will be recorded on Zoom. If you are unable to attend a class, you may request the Zoom recording which will be available for two weeks, from the date of the original recording.
Hi, I’m Mira Tessman
“Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, RYT-300, C-IAYT is an experienced mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist, a mindfulness meditation teacher, a hatha yoga teacher, and a certified yoga therapis and has been in private practice for over twenty years. She supervises graduate-level clinical psychology students and has been a college adjunct faculty psychology professor and speaker. She was co-founder/director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center for five years.
Mira has facilitated hundreds of contemplative, healing arts, and spiritual growth presentations, workshops, classes, and retreats for over two decades.
initially started yoga as an antidote to my sedentary lifestyle and to improve my flexibility. I was hooked after my first class with Mira. It was transformational. I get something out of every class and workshop. Aside from the physical benefits, I feel a great sense of well-being in her classes, and see many parallels between what happens there and other aspects of my life. She is a true expert and teacher on so many levels.
I love Mira and have been taking her Sunday morning yoga class for years. It keeps me grounded both mentally and physically. Mira has such a passion for yoga and her own practice that resonates. Her classes blend a variety of postures, breathwork and a reading at the end that is just perfect!
Every yoga class with Mira is stimulating for my body, mind and spirit. Always offering accommodations/options, Mira inspires me with her intuitive readings, challenges me to strengthen not strain and encourages me to recognize the harmony and peaceful energy in my own being. Plus her classes are FUN! Mira Tessman is truly an amazing, gifted yoga instructor!
Mira offers a supportive, creative and fun environment in all her classes. Her Therapeutic Yoga class is especially wonderful and has really helped me to manage my low back pain.
'Try yoga and meditation before Prozac; it can help elevate & stabilize mood.'
“Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, C-IAYT has been practicing yoga off and on for over 25 years and started teaching yoga in 2006. Mira is a certified yoga therapist, completed a 300-Hr training, currently teaches several classes a week, and offers private yoga therapy in the Baltimore area.
Mira views her yoga and meditation practice as the most consistent and potent sources of spiritual, mental, and physical strength and support in her life. Besides teaching yoga, Mira is a mindfulness-based clinical psychotherapist and uses a mindfulness-based approach in her private practice.
She suggests to her clients, “Try yoga and meditation before Prozac; it can help elevate & stabilize mood.” Mira has been facilitating expressive arts, healing, meditation, and spiritual growth workshops, retreats and groups since 1994. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct psychology professor. Mira was co-founder and co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center in Towson for five years.
Mira enjoys planning yoga routines, traveling to exotic places (Bali is her favorite!), and also likes to dance, hike, kayak, bicycle, and hang out with her family and good friends.