Zain Syed & Tessa Ma – Open Your Heart and Live with Joy!

Tessa Ma and Yogi Zain are excited to bring the powerful practice of Iyengar Yoga to Symbiosis this year. The Iyengar Yoga method is a progressive, innovative, and intelligent approach to the practice of yoga. The practice of Iyengar Yoga develops strength, endurance and flexibility while emphasizing correct body alignment in each asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control).

Our class will begin with short meditation to surrender the mind to the heart. Students will begin with a few rounds of Surya Namaskars (sun salutations) to ignite the energy channels of the body. A series of standing poses will open up the legs and lift the chest to prepare for back extensions. Seasoned practitioners will be given the option to practice their regular inversions, while others will receive an appropriate modifications. Students will learn prone back extensions without weight bearing as well as supine back extension to learn how to lift away from the floor. A series of potent backbends will be presented to practice. A cool down will include counterposes and resting Savasana (corpse position). Students will rest for some time to integrate the awareness from the practice to each and every cell of their body. Students will leave feeling 100% refreshed and rejuvenated for the festival activities ahead!

Tessa Manning is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, CIYT-1000. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and received her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She recently studied with the Iyengar family in India and has specialized training in pre-natal yoga. Tessa is dedicated to the Iyengar method because of its attention to alignment and the thorough change it brings about in the body. An avid practitioner, Tessa has used Iyengar Yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, accessible, and compassionate – providing individual attention to each student. She loves to travel the world, and owns a vegan food business.

Yogi Zain found yoga in 2006 when he enrolled in a course with an Iyengar certified teacher at Santa Monica College. After moving to the Bay Area and exploring many styles of yoga, he is now a graduate of the 500-hour YogaWorks teacher training program in San Francisco. He taught his first class at San Quentin Prison where he continues to teach weekly as a part of the Prison Yoga Project. Taking on yoga teaching full time, he enjoys working with beginners as well as challenging seasoned yogis to deepen their practice.

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