The Picker Family Resource Center welcomes back Sarah Dwelley to teach two four-week yoga series this fall.

The “Magic Four” series provides a solid introduction to Svaroopa yoga. Participants learn a gentle, soothing sequence of four poses that allow the body to stretch and relax easily and comfortably.

“After two years of training and having learned many poses, the Magic Four sequence is the mainstay of my home practice,” said Dwelley in a news release. “They are the foundational poses of Svaroopa Yoga and can easily be done at home in as little as 15 or 20 minutes.” A previous participant described the Magic Four as “a meditation and yoga all in one.”

Dwelley is also offering a new series, “Slow Down and Breathe.” This series combines Shavasana, yoga’s relaxation pose, with “guided awareness” and Ujjayi Pranayama, a slow yogic breathing practice. The result is deep relaxation and a thoroughly oxygenated body, both healing to the body and calming to the mind. Dwelley explained: “Our days can get very busy and fast paced. Simply slowing down and paying attention to our breath has enormous value and benefit.”

Dwelley, a registered nurse and a certified introductory Svaroopa yoga teacher, began yoga in order to relieve chronic lower back pain. “I knew that developing a yoga practice would help me live comfortably with arthritis of my lower spine,” she said. “Svaroopa yoga is a slow and gentle style that works best for me. I have never felt this good!”

“The Magic Four” will be held at the Picker Center on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 8 and 15. “Slow Down and Breathe” will be held on Friday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m., Sept 16 and 23, and Oct 7 and 14.

To register and for costs, please call Sarah Dwelley at 763-2726 or visit

The Picker Family Resource Center is located between the Women’s Health Center and Urology Building on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus, 3 Glen Cove Drive, off Route 1 in Rockport. Use the parking lot and door nearest the Urology side of the building. Call 596-8950 for directions if needed.