Melissa Verton Rinvold has a passion for everything to do with natural health, energy medicine and Chinese medicine, and has been practising and studying yoga, dance and art for 45 years.
The Vernon yoga teacher teaches traditional Vinyasa yoga, but has also made a name for herself through her yoga in the chair classes for those with mobility issues.
Verton Rinvold runs Blue Eagle Yoga and has recently published a manual, Introduction to Yoga in the Chair with Notes for Teachers & Therapists.
“Yoga in the chair is a popular approach to yoga for many,” she said. “In fact, the classes that I have offered over the past decade here in Vernon have been so popular that I have thousands of signatures in my sign-in book.”
With photographs by Verton Rinvold’s son, Antonin (Tony) Verton, the manual is based on the traditional approach and includes all of the basic principles and guidance for those who wish to teach themselves or others.
“This type of primary level of safe yoga practice is excellent for integration in many settings, including for educators of all ages, in the classroom, for office/workout space, RMT practice, for fitness trainers, caregivers and even psychotherapists and physicians,” said Verton Rinvold. “The inclusion of breathwork or breathing exercises makes this offering completely effective and healing in nature, for yoga is all about breathing.”
Verton Rinvold has also recently joined the newly emerging business web site, Healing Arts Finder, created by Vernonite Diane Kelme as a one-stop resource for those in the community who practise the healing arts (healingartsfinder.ca)
“We now have a place where the greater community can search for therapeutic and alternative health practices,” said Verton Rinvold. “There, people can read all about the scope of my offerings including the other manuals I have published, teacher trainings and upcoming meditation workshops in 2016.”
Yoga in the chair classes are offered at the Schubert Centre every Friday at 10 a.m. Starting in January, they will also be offered every Monday at 1 p.m.
“This is an excellent approach for seniors, but also for people of any age who may be experiencing a recovery phase from injury or illness or due to certain spinal issues such as scoliosis.”
Verton Rinvold also offers classes for certification and teacher training, and is available for both group and individual bookings.
“Schools and educators are always offered a discounted rate for trainings and advised to book for the new year on their Pro D days.”
To order a copy of Yoga in the Chair with Notes for Teachers & Therapists, which sells for $20, or to book a class, contact Verton Rinvold at 250-549-0807, email email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to blueeagleyoga.com.