A mindfulness weekend of yoga and joyful water play. Join Beryl and Bill as they share their passion for water and for yoga. See how the healing powers of mindfulness practices like conscious breathing, meditation, and yoga can help you to overcome your fears of living life to the fullest. We will focus on fears or uneasiness around water, but these techniques can be used for relief from any anxiety disorder. Let joy and appreciation replace any possible anxiety you might have about water as you ease into the fabulous feeling of loving the water and, perhaps (even one day!) swimming! Our planetary waters are mother earth’s gift to us. Daily land and water yoga practices, swimming skills for beginners, conscious breathing, morning meditations, afternoon walking meditations or rest/reading in the beautiful Eastover gardens, great conversations with like minded folks from all over, and organic, vegetarian meals.
Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT, CYT, Director, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and co-founder and board chairperson for the Give Back yoga Foundation, has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since the early 70’s. She is an accredited yoga therapist and was the Wellness Director of the New York Road Runners from l980-2002. Beryl specializes in teaching yoga for athletes, yoga for injury and since 2001 has been teaching trauma informed yoga for PTSD and anxiety disorders to first responders, health care providers, and veterans. She is the author of 4 books on yoga, including Power Yoga, and her most recent book, Yoga for Warriors, written for veterans and active duty military members.
Bill Meier is the Aquatics Director for Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Head Coach of both the college and Masters Swim Team. He introduced and helped build the United States Masters Swimming’s “April is Adult Learn to Swim Month,” a nationwide volunteer program, and also developed USMS’s Adult Learn to Swim certification program. Bill travels extensively throughout the US leading clinics on how to set up local adult swim programs. Bill is the author of Water Rites and taught high school English after college. He was a lifeguard on the South Shore beaches of Long Island through his twenties and, as a long distance swimmer, has been meditating for nearly 30 years.