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Self Massage and Gentle Yoga

This class combines self-massage, gentle yoga, and guided mindfulness practices to help you build a routine of self-care.

Stress and sensory overload are unfortunately common in our everyday lives, and many people do not have the chance to reset their bodies and minds to a lower level of stress before beginning a new week. This constant over-stimulation of our nervous system leads to high levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, and to the fraying of telomeres, the endcaps of our DNA. Over time, this accelerates aging at the cellular level and can cause problems with sleep, pain, and brain function. For these reasons, it's more important than ever to make time for deep rest and the intentional release of tension from our bodies and minds.

We will use props for self massage: a foam roller, a set of two massage balls, yoga blocks, and a bolster.

Recording available for 1 month after the workshop.

Date / Time / Format

Friday, April 21st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In-Person + Livestream



Equity pricing available, please reach out

COVID Safety

Masks are optional for this event. Please participate online if you are experiencing symptoms.

About Liya Leng (She/Her)

Qian (Liya) Leng - MD, MPH, certified yoga teacher and postpartum corrective exercise specialist.

Liya's journey in yoga began 14 years ago when she completed her first teacher training with renowned hatha yoga teacher Ana Forrest while she was a student at Harvard Medical School. Since then she has completed over 800 hours of training in various modalities, including the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 physical therapy course, Catherine Allen's Poppy Perinatal Yoga training, Dr. Sarah Duvall's Postpartum Corrective Exercise course, and Wendy Foster's Mamalates postnatal Pilates training. Liya also loves practicing and teaching hatha flow, slower vinyasa styles, and self-massage.

Liya is a practicing internal medicine doctor, acupuncturist, and assistant professor of medicine at OHSU and Western University of Health Sciences.

She loves camping, paddle boarding, and hanging out with her 5-year-old daughter Sevina their two puppies.


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