October 6 was the last day I taught a weekly restorative and yoga nidra class. It was also my first day of massage school. I am one of the five members of the first-ever class at Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork. It’s been an enriching and exciting journey so far. Our small class size means we get lots of attention, and our teachers are amazing! I wanted to go to massage school ever since I first took a Thai Yoga Massage workshop in 2012, but the timing didn’t work out until this year. I’m very grateful that owners Julia Bayardi and Donna Zadie opened the school at 15th and Chestnut, because since Massage Arts closed in 2010, the only other options for massage school in Philly were in the Northeast, Gulph Mills, and New Jersey. Not exactly bikeable.
Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork also offers continuing ed, fitness classes, and workshops. I’m happy to announce that I will be offering a restorative yoga and yoga nidra workshop there on Sunday, January 10, from 2 to 4 PM. In the first half of the workshop, you will rest in restorative shapes while I give you Thai yoga massage, and in the second, you will experience deeply restful “sleep yoga.” Many students have reported profound experiences while in yoga nidra states. In fact, some yogis have claimed that an hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to four hours of regular sleep! This practice, which originated with the Himalayan yogis, is similar in some ways to lucid dreaming. If you’ve never tried it, what are you waiting for? It will be the perfect way to recover from the holidays! Restorative yoga and yoga nidra are suitable for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. Please click here to register.