The Humane Society of Harford County is offering a variety of yoga classes right here at the shelter and you are invited. Namaste! Studies show that yoga can improve your balance, your breathing, your sense of self and your overall health. It can reduce anxiety and fight off depression. It strengthens your core and can help ease chronic pain.
Below are the different class types being offered and a brief biography of your instructors. To sign up for a single class or a series of classes, click here.
FAMILY CLASS led by Shannon
Using the KAY yoga teaching system each class will incorporate yoga poses creatively hidden in partner poses, games, activities, music and stories. We will work on breathing, focus, poses and gratitude to ourselves at the end of class.
- The Family class is designed for families with children ages 2-10.
- This series of classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 11:30am-12:30pm.
- The 6-week class series is $60 (a savings of $2 per class) and will be held on April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 & May 28. You may also enroll in a single class for $12 each.
- Everyone should bring a water bottle and a yoga mat.
ADULT CLASS led by Alisa
Learn to relax your body and mind with exercises that improve flexibility, strength and coordination. Emphasizes proper breathing and body alignment. Work at your own pace in this noncompetitive discipline.
• The Adults class is geared toward anyone age 18 and over and is held on Sunday mornings between 10-11am.
• The first 6-week class series is $60 (a savings of $2 per class) and will be held on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2 & April 9. You may also enroll in a single class for $12 each.
• The second 6-week class series is $60 (a savings of $2 per class) and will be held on April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28 & June 4. You may also enroll in a single class for $12 each.
• Please bring your own yoga mat, at least one yoga block (2 are preferred), yoga strap, and a blanket to use during Savasana (optional).
CHAIR YOGA led by Bridget
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions.
• This series of classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.
• The 6-week class series is $30 (a savings of $2 per class) and will be held on April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 & June 1. You may also enroll in a single class for $7 each.
CAT YOGA led by Alisa & Bridget
Practice yoga right next to cats who are up for adoption at the shelter!
• This class is for adults who are at least 16 years old and will be held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 3:30-4:30pm for $12 each.
• Participants will be asked to bring an item from our special cat wish list.
• After the class, participants can stay to make a craft for our cats.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Alisa Gellman, RYT 200
Alisa has been a mental health therapist for over 10 years. She began practicing yoga several years ago after she went to a Yoga training to learn the benefits of Yoga and mindfulness in therapy. At that moment Alisa realized, not only will Yoga be beneficial for the families she works with, but also for herself. Alisa attended Anne Arundel Community College where she received her 200 hour certification and Professional Certificate through Yoga 4 Life. Alisa brings pranayama (breath work), meditation and sometimes even chanting into her classes. Alisa also has a 30-hour certificate through Radiant Child and 20-hour certificate through YoKid.
Bridget Strama, RYT 200
Bridget taught public school for 20 years, using the techniques of yoga to help calm and focus her students. After completing 200 hour training with Radiant Child, Shakta Khalsa and YoKid, she is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all people. She currently teaches classes for people from birth to age 99.
Mylene Lindaman, RYT 200/Certified Radiant Child & Childlight Yoga Instructor
A Canadian native, Mylene specializes in teaching children and teens. She sees yoga as a positive way for children of all ages and backgrounds to develop a sense of balance, confidence and resilience. Having witnessed the countless benefits of yoga, her hope is that one day yoga will become a regular part of every child’s life.
Shannon Testerman, Certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) Instructor
Shannon has been practicing yoga for 14 years, and during that time, she has learned self-worth, mindfulness, patience, gratitude and happiness. She looks forward to sharing these gifts with the children who attend her classes. The KAY system incorporates yoga poses (asanas) creatively hidden in partner poses, games, activities, our original music, stories and more.