Yoga Over 50


This class is taught by:

Linda Martinez

Linda graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in sociology/anthropology; received a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She is currently the engineering and computer science information specialist in Duke University's Perkins Library.

Her interest in teaching yoga grew from her diagnosis of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006. As her yoga practice deepened, she is convinced that the physical and mental benefits of yoga contributed to her RA's remission.

Linda received her 200 hour yoga certification through OM Yoga. She has earned a Certificates of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors and Yoga of Awareness for Cancer from Duke Integrative Medicine. Her particular interests are in working with students who are new to yoga, or students who have physical issues that lead them to believe that yoga is not available to them. Among her classes are students who are living with cancer and others who have suffered from trauma. There is a yoga practice for every one and every body. Yoga is not about what you can't do, it is all about what you can do.

Cheryl Fenner Brown

Cheryl Fenner Brown (E-RYT 500) found yoga in 2001 as a way to ease chronic back pain and became instantly enchanted by the subtle connections between the breath, body, mind, and emotions. She has trained with master teachers from Piedmont Yoga Studio and the Integrative Yoga Therapy schools and she blends both traditional Hatha teachings and alignment principles with subtle energy work and intuitive healing. Students appreciate her deeply educational approach to yoga and her classes weave anatomy, philosophy, asana, mudra, chanting, pranayama and yoga nidra together for a well-rounded experience delivered with compassion and humor. Cheryl encourages each student to honor where they are in their bodies every time they step onto the mat so deep healing and transformation takes place.

As a yoga therapist with over 500 hours of individual client experience, Cheryl co-creates home practices that meet the lifestyle needs of her wide variety of clients. As a teacher, she has taught over 4,200 hours of public classes, workshops and retreats in studios and cancer centers nationwide, and serves on the faculty of several teacher training and yoga therapy schools. As a mentor, she helps to develop both aspiring and seasoned yoga teachers. As a researcher, her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship study on the benefits of yoga for reducing side-effects of cancer treatment has been presented at IAYT's Symposium on Yoga Research and the Society of Integrative Oncology's annual conferences in 2015 and highlighted in Yoga Journal. Cheryl is also a published author with three Yoga Nidra CDs and a companion DVD to the cancer research available from her discography.

As we age, our bodies change. Starting with careful observation of ourselves and our anatomical differences, we'll learn what asanas work best and how to make appropriate modifications. The focus is on healthy movement at the joints, building strength and flexibility. We'll incorporate meditation, pranayama, and different sequencing to create a practice that's tailored to each student. This class is appropriate for beginners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 20 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Tue Aug 21 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Wed Aug 22 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Thu Aug 23 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Fri Aug 24 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Mon Aug 27 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Tue Aug 28 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Wed Aug 29 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Thu Aug 30 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Fri Aug 31 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Mon Sep 03 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Tue Sep 04 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Wed Sep 05 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Thu Sep 06 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Fri Sep 07 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Mon Sep 10 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Tue Sep 11 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Wed Sep 12 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Thu Sep 13 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace
  • Fri Sep 14 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Erwin Terrace