Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lately, I wake up in the morning imagining titles for workshops that I want to create.  There are so many facets of yoga and anatomy that I want to delve into more fully, and explore with others.

The workshops and special classes that I plan to continue to develop and teach repeatedly through the years are Yoga for Anxiety, Nine Winter Sundays (a winter meditation class),  Developing Core Strength (a multidimensional approach) and Eat, Pray, LOCAL (day long meditation retreats into nature.)

I also am dying to develop a series of fascial based anatomy classes for yoga teachers using Tom Myers Anatomy Trains.  If only I could find someone who wanted to pay me to take a day off a week to experiment and write!

Eat, Pray, Local...

Contemplative Yoga and Kayaking on the Dan River

Does your spiritual practice include your body and its resonance with the world of nature? Are you longing to engage more deeply in the environment you inhabit, but feel too busy much of the time? Have you wanted to get out into our local mountains and rivers, but don't know where to go?

In this day long retreat into nature, we will give ourselves permission to take our time, gradually slowing down enough to come to a place of deep listening. The day begins at Moore's Springs Camp with a gentle yoga practice designed to prepare our ears for listening, our eyes for seeing and our bodies for kayaking. Afterward, we savor nutritious juices prepared with love by our local foodie Debra Edds. The kayak trip down the river in the afternoon will be a 2-3 hour sensory awareness practice, much of it experienced in silence. At the end of the day we return to camp, recover with a short yoga practice, and enjoy a vegetarian feast and celebration around a fire.

Friday, April 26, 2013
9:00 am until after supper (planning to eat in the 5 o'clock hour)

Fee is 175.00 and includes yoga instruction and river guidance by Sydney Hughes-McGee, kayak rental and shuttle service provided by The Dan River Company, a juice breakfast and vegetarian supper provided by Debra Edds and day use of Moore's Springs Camp ( Price will be adjusted if providing your own kayak or food. Overnight camping available for additional charge.
No yoga or kayaking experience necessary.
To learn more please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee, RYT500
336 775 7313 or 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This morning is the last of the 9 Winter Sundays classes for the year.  What a sincere and dedicated group of practitioners we have had gathered here on these Winter mornings.  And now, how wonderful to feel the sap rising!

This morning's chant translates as:

The True Self is real.
It's light radiates through all my life's circumstances.
It is a source of joy that is always there.
I am the True Self.
I am.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Yoga for Anxiety Workshop

In this workshop you will learn how a yoga  practice can help you navigate through experiences of fear and anxiety.  You will develop skills that have been proven to change the nervous system from the sympathetic to parasympathetic response- from stress to relaxation.  By slowing movement down and increasing sensory awareness, as well as employing specific yoga breathing techniques, you will discover the ability to change your physiological response to stress. 

We will also study yoga teachings on the nature of the mind, which invite us to befriend uncomfortable and even intense feeling states while recognizing them as transitory. The goal is to find an internal presence that both holds you in compassion and allows you the freedom to change.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
12:30 - 6:00 pm
Winston-Salem Yoga Therapy 
2424 Reynolda Road 

Sydney Hughes-McGee, LMBT 1243, RYT500, is a Viniyoga instructor and has practiced as a massage therapist for over 20 years.  She taught the Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program at Aetna in High Point, NC, as well as Yoga for Stress Management to medical students at Wake Forest University.  At her studio students come into a new relationship with their bodies by finding breath, attending to sensations and discovering their living anatomy.

To register contact Sydney at or 336 775 7313.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Welcome to Winston-Salem Yoga Therapy. We're here to support your yoga practice.

WSYT is the project of Sydney Hughes-McGee, RYT500, LMBT1243, who is a Yoga Instructor in the Viniyoga Tradition, Yoga Therapist in training, and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.

Sydney is dedicated to supporting individuals in the Winston-Salem community by connecting them with methods from yoga and other meditative disciplines that foster body awareness, personal growth and clarity of mind.  Her goal is to help people feel the confidence and conviction to practice at home.

Sydney offers classes in the Viniyoga Tradition, one-on-one therapeutic sessions for the purpose of developing a personal practice, and hands on bodywork for supporting body awareness, body acceptance and structural change.