Chair Yoga

Think about bending to touch our toes. With tight hamstrings maybe we touch our knees. Practice soon enables more range of motion. The same is true for our airways, elastic in nature but losing their stretch ability to accommodate a fuller breath. It actually does take practice to access our full breath.

Chair yoga class challenges ourselves without getting up and down from the floor. Using the chair for both standing support and sitting we manage to stretch our entire body. The way we bend and twist lets us open different areas of the body, not only the spine to help back pain, but to support our immune system by stimulating our lymphatic system, endocrine system and digestive system. This session focuses on respiratory resilience and relieving stress. Yoga stretches come from ancient traditions. Today medical science uses the many benefits of yoga practice to lively up our inner selves.

This course will be offered on Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, September 7th through October 5th, 2021. This is an in-person class held at our Jefferson School location.

This 5-week series is being offered at Pay-What-You-Can $25-$100 per person. The value of the series is $100. Sign-up here.

You can register online here or over the phone at (434) 218-7677.

Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class; refunds will not be issued after this point. Refunds are not available for missed classes.

John Kortmulder opened Mindful Mountain Yoga in Amherst County in 2015, offering group and private classes, and yoga teacher training. He began teaching yoga in 2003. after years of traditional yoga mentorships, practicing weekly sitting meditation and participating in several week-long meditation retreats at Chung Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.

In addition, John spent 4 years assisting rehab in outpatient and in hospital settings, 4 years as ICU nursing assistant and hospital support for patients with mental health challenges including suicide ideation, addiction withdrawal, and dementias. John studied Respiratory Therapy and received an EMT certification. Locally he teaches a yoga course at UVA and an adaptive yoga class for young and old adults with intellectual disability, as well as teaching privately. Contact john@mindfulmountainyoga for info.

John’s yoga classes are non-competitive and find humor in athletic training and personal improvement, as well as injury and illness support. As a Mindfulness teacher, John’s classes incorporate both spiritual and mundane approaches to touching our essence. John trained several years as a marathon runner, finishing ahead of 30,000 runners in the NYC Marathon, in both 1997 and 1998.

John continues to better understand body and mind through movement, breath and mindfulness.