Get Rolfed, Do Yoga, Feel Better!
Jackie and Garrell Herndon are a husband and wife team offering Bodywork and Yoga in Palm Springs. We're happy to work at your location or ours.
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I'm Garrell Herndon, bodyworker and yoga guy. If you have questions about getting rolfed, or doing a yoga private, contact me using what ever method works best for you.
Getting rolfed will improve the way you look and feel. The effect will be noticeable to everyone you meet. Improved posture, more freedom, less effort in everything you do. You'll experience the difference with your first session.
Professional Bodyworker Since 2004
I studied Dr. Ida Rolf's work at the Guild for Strucural Integration. Learning the work required getting rolfed again, which was great. Receiving the ten series is informative and beneficial. Learning the work from Dr. Rolf's students was a plus.
Teaching Yoga Since 1993
My experience with yoga has been influenced by the teachings of BKS Iyengar. While I didn't study with him directly, the teachers I did study with were his students. I'm a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco 2-year teacher training program circa 1995. I continue to study, practice, and teach.
Over the years I've taught public yoga classes in the IYISF and the following:
- UCSF Mission Bay, San Francisco
- Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
- SF Bay Club, San Francisco
- Corporate Settings
- Private Clients
- Boulder Community Center, Boulder Colorado
- Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver
In 2015 I taught a physiology course to students in a yoga teacher training course. The physiology course was an intensive. Four consecutive days, 5 hours each.
I've had some training in Pilates, and have incorporated core concepts into yoga fitness classes. I call it, YoPlay.
What's Important and Who I Am
Helping people, learning, growing and teaching are most important. Cultivating healthy habits for healthy aging, looking to see what's working, and what's not working, and adjusting. Keeping healthy is a moving target that requires constant attention.
Dr. Rolf's Structural Integration
Dr. Rolf's Structural Integration is a 10 session bodywork program that literally re-integrates the very structure of the body. Devised by Dr. Ida Rolf to release segments of the body (legs, torso, arms, etc.) from lifelong patterns of tension and bracing, it allows the body to resume its natural gravitational alignment. Each session is 60 minutes and the benefits of the work can start immediately.
Structural Integration, is designed to optimize the body's structural pattern and rebalance the physical body relative to Gravity. Once structure is optimized, often issues of energetics and comfort resolve themselves.
Dr. Rolf used the term Structural Integration to describe her work. Structure has to do with the body. Integration has to do with how the body functions. How all the parts work, and work with each other. I take a slow approach. Working from the outside in. The strain in the body lives in the different layers of the tissues. Strain comes from patterns of use, over use, injury, or trauma. Strain is a sort of holding that becomes a habit. While on the table, the opportunity for letting go of the habitual habit of holding is possible. This holding pattern may have something to do with the nervous system. In very simplistic terms, the nervous system is in 'fight or flight' or 'rest and digest'. It's really not an either or senario. That is to say we're not in one or the other. At any given time, one aspect is more dominant than the other. I work with bodies to invoke that 'rest and digest' mode, and then invite the body to release unnessary holding. After sessions clients tend to feel taller, more open, experience more freedom of movement. The transformation is truly amazing.
After years of getting rolfed, I took on learning 'the work' in 2004. I chose the Guild for Structural Integration at the suggestion of Neal Powers. At that time the guild was located in Boulder Colorado. The classes were set up in much the same way as Dr. Rolf organized them many years ago. The teachers I studied with were students of Dr. Rolf. After completing the Basic Training I moved to Boulder. There I mentored with Jeff Linn. An instructor at GSI and long time assistant to the primary instructors. Jeff and I exchanged sessions, I watched him work, we talked about it all over tea. Jeff invited me to assist a basic training he was leading. Being in a teaching role is the best learning experience.
While in Boulder I took the Advanced Course, and a 4-handed workshop. Began working with clents, and taught yoga classes at the community center. I was fortunate enough to do some work at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver. What a lovely community.
Being that I'm a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, I headed back to SF to live and work.
I had joined the Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program in the summer of 1991. Over the years I studied with Manouso, Janet MacLeod, Kathy Alef, Patty Sullivan, Arthur Killmurray, Tony Briggs, and Ramanand Patel. I apprenticed with Ramanand for many years, during which I went to Pune, India for a month of study with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, Mr. Iyengar's children.
A Work In Progress
Yoga is working with your body. Yoga is working with your mind. It's a way to directly harness your intention in any given moment. You cultivate skillful action in all you do.
Asana for health. Pranayama for longevity. Mr. Iyengar used the asana practice to work on, or improve his pranayama practice.
I am available for private lessons, group classes, and corporate teaching arrangements. I've worked with students at every level.
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