Zentle Yoga: a restorative class taught by founder Norma Kerner
Zentle yoga is a melding of Asian/Indian influences – Yoga, Qi Gong, Restorative, vibrational and blissful. YoGanesh Founder Norma Kerner talks about her special class.
Norma, now and then you teach a special and personal class called “Zentle yoga.” What exactly is it?
It’s a combination of simple Hatha Vinyasa asanas and qi-gong (energy training) along with vibration and body tapping. It sounds a bit New Age but Qi-gong and these other things have been practiced for hundreds of years in Asian countries.
What kinds of modalities do you incorporate?
Qi Gong is an energy training modality used in many Asian countries. They are gentle movements that move the stagnant energy in our bodies. Medical Qi-Gong is used in hospitals in China as a way to heal energy channels (meridians) in our bodies. The universe is made of energy so it makes sense to use that energy as a healing and restorative tool. I completed a 200-hour Teacher Training Program in Taoist Energy/Healing at Tao Yoga and I also completed a 200-hour Teacher Training Program in Hatha Yoga at BambooMoves. My diverse teaching style is a melding of these two practices, Indian Hatha Vinyasa yoga and Asian Qi Gong (or Chi Kung)
Who do you think would benefit most from your class?
Anyone who wants a more restorative practice and want to give their bodies a little lovin’. We are constantly abusing our bodies by rushing around and not taking a moment to breath and connect to our bodies. I believe that we have to love ourselves before we can love others.
How can we expect to feel after it?
Hopefully, blissed out and renewed!
Anything else to add?
A neuro surgeon, Jill Bolte-Taylor, was on Oprah a couple of years ago. She had had a stroke and she wrote a book about her experience with feeling people’s energy during her coma. She said she could feel the energy of the nurses as they came into the room and whether they had good feelings towards her or not. It was fascinating! That is what qi gong is all about – feeling one’s energy.