Student Spotlight: Evan

Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah: Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1:2.

  • Name: Evan Silverstein
  • Age: 38
  • Length of Practice: 16 years, most active over past two years.
  • Most Gratifying Pose: Triangle
  • Most Challenging Pose: Crescent Moon
  • Pets: 3 Dogs, Sweet Potato (Beagle Mix) 14, Rosie (Poodle Mix) 12 & Tina (Poodle Mix) 7.
  • Favorite Philly Bike Excursion: Schuylkill River Trail

Curiosity

Improvising a triangle variation to build strength, flexibility and self-awareness

Evan was one of the first curious souls to join our Men’s Yoga class here in South Philly. He brings a sense of fearlessness to his practice, constantly setting new goals for himself and exploring ways to integrate yoga and mindfulness into his everyday activities at work, home and everywhere in between.

Determination

Evan building core strength while flying high in a variation of Locust Pose

Evan brings a quiet intensity to his practice, exemplifying the yogic metaphor of heating the iron in order to shape it. I admire his determination to develop the strength, flexibility and focus needed to find stillness in even the most advanced postures.

Balance

Grounded and focused in Extended Hand to Toe Pose

Evan demonstrates a quiet confidence moving into challenging poses and holding them while focused on his breathing. Evan enters AND exits these postures with the same degree of grace and focus, remaining centered and grounded.

Present Moment Awareness

Evan reflecting on how to pay closer attention to his breath, both on and off the mat.

Our Men’s Yoga class focuses on building the core strength needed to keep doing all the things in life we love doing. We break down traditional yoga postures into basic physical movements that can be applied to our everyday work-life routines. Evan exemplifies this integration of mindful movement into our everyday activities at work, home and everywhere in between. It is perhaps his present moment awareness that makes Evan such an inspiring student. He follows his breath through each posture and then applies what he learns on the mat to reach his full potential off the mat. I cannot wait to take his class when he completes his teacher training!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: BEN

“I always feel better after a yoga session than when I started.”

  • Name: Ben
  • Age: 77
  • Length of Practice: 18 months
  • Most Gratifying Pose: Warrior 1
  • Most Challenging Pose: Transition out of Down Dog
  • Pets: 1 Cat, Pumpkin (who invariably appears to encourage us during triangle pose!)
  • Favorite Excursion on Bike: FDR Park & the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Dedication

I count Ben among those students I most enjoy teaching. He never takes a pose off. His combination of enthusiasm and discipline allows us to explore the healing and revitalizing power of each posture. He epitomizes the ancient yogic principle of tapas, the inner fire that inspires us to “leave it all on the mat”

Life without tapas is like a heart without love.” – BKS Iyengar

Self-Acceptance

Ben’s consistency in no small part can be attributed to an understanding of his own thresholds and range of movement on any given day. He stays within himself and is comfortable making adjustments to account for “the usual suspects” in his knee and hip. He works with what he brings to the mat and his calm focus provides a solid foundation for building strength and flexibility. He offers this advice to students just starting their journeys on the yoga path, “You would be surprised at how beneficial practice can be if you give it a chance and stick with it.”

Presence

Ben enjoys regular time on the bike and tennis court and believes yoga facilitates his active lifestyle. I believe his mindset here is critical. Yoga is not an end into itself, but rather a gateway through which we can continue doing everything it is we love doing AND with greater awareness. Beyond building strength and flexibility, simply paying closer attention to our breathing can help us perform almost any physical activity more safely and efficiently. After all, we don’t stop breathing when we roll out of Savasana!

It has been an honor to join you on the path, Ben!

Yoga for Men

Highly recommended! I’ve been going to classes at Brian’s the past few months and it’s making a big difference. Brian’s a great guy and knowledgeable.”  Evan S.

Sundays 10 AM & Thursdays 6:30 PM. 60 min group session. $15.00. Three session discount $40.00. Email Brian to join the group! His address is: brian@teamsunwellness.com

This class is specifically designed for men of all shapes, sizes and ability levels to build strength and flexibility in a comfortable informal setting. Men tend to have greater muscle mass and less range of movement and may be intimidated by a traditional yoga studio environment. We’ll work on how to:

  • Build our core muscles to manage old injuries and prevent new ones
  • Expand the range of movement in our shoulders, backs and hips
  • Use the breath to improve posture and balance
  • Learn simple techniques for managing stress and developing work/life balance
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Yoga Instructor Brian Jeans stretches the hamstrings in a modified Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

In the gym many of us tend to focus on building the muscles on the front of our bodies and neglect those running down our back, where 70 percent of our muscle mass resides. And on our daily run, we put a lot of strain on the joints of our lower body and tighten the hips. Yoga offers a range of postures that build strength through body-weight resistance while utilizing the full range of the joints in a healthy, less repetitive way.  And it’s a great complement to any fitness routine.

Our modern tech-driven lifestyles aren’t doing us any favors either. The hours we spend hunched in front of the computer or over our smart phones can have serious effects on our overall health by degrading our posture, breath and balance. Together, we’ll explore how to optimize our alignment to stay safe and manage stress throughout the day.

About the Instructor: My name is Brian Jeans and I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) and have also trained in mindfulness practice (Penn Medicine). I have taught folks of all shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels, both in group and private settings, here in the Philly area for close to three years. I first became a student myself about ten years ago after a friend mentioned that it might help with my recovery from a mountain biking injury. I am familiar with a wide range of the traditional Hatha yoga styles including Vinyasa, Bikram (Hot Yoga), Iyengar and Restorative. As both a teacher and a student, my greatest interest lies in maintaining proper alignment both on and off the mat. Ultimately, yoga has allowed me to continue doing all the things I love well into middle age. The studio has has an inversion table to assist folks with nagging shoulder, back or knee issues.

Studio Location: Our studio is centrally situated in the Newbold North neighborhood at 1809 S. Bancroft St. There is generally plenty of street parking available and we are a three minute walk from the Broad Street Tasker-Morris Station.

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Yoga for Men – Group Session

$15.00

Yoga for Men – Private Session

$45.00