Cardiac Yoga

WomenHeart offered six free yoga sessions over Zoom during February and March 2022, designed specifically for women living with heart disease. Watch the recorded classes here.

Class Overview

The yoga therapist team delivering these classes study or are on faculty at the NYC- based Prema Yoga Institute. This yoga cardiac program was developed with cardiologists from the Northwell Health Network (a WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance member) and is practiced primarily in a chair; no previous yoga experience is needed. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes to stretch in and be ready to feel more energetic and relaxed, while doing something beneficial for your health and wellbeing.

First Three Classes (Feb. 23, March 2, March 9 at 5:00pm ET/ 2:00pm PT)

Yoga for Stress Reduction – Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety. We will practice calming yoga poses right in a chair and breathing techniques to promote tranquility.

Yoga for Alignment and Mobility – This class harmonizes the body and mind by focusing on strengthening muscle groups to improve alignment and develop greater mobility. Great in preparing to become more active, or it will also help support tired and tight muscles with healthy energizing stretches.

Yoga Meditation and Restorative Postures – This class will introduce meditation techniques that can be used every day and restorative yoga posture done on a yoga mat or reclining chair.

Yoga Therapist Team

Sonja Rzepski is a New York City based Yoga Therapist and Functional Training Coach who specializes in yoga for Cardiac Care, Injury Rehabilitation and Trauma Recovery. For more info on Sonja visit



Cassandra Sullivan is an experienced registered yoga instructor, yoga therapy candidate, and studio owner in Peterborough, NH. For more information, visit



Deb McDermott started teaching yoga in 1998 and is now a Yoga Therapist candidate. She brings a neurobiological approach to yoga and seeks to create movement patterns that feel good and are fun to do. She practices and continues to train in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) which also informs her teachings.



Kirana Peters is a yoga instructor, professional dancer, and aerialist. She utilizes her movement backgrounds to teach a wide variety of styles ranging from strength training to restorative yoga.




Jenny Clise has been teaching yoga since 2012. Her classes are inspired by many schools of yoga, but her favorite style of yoga to teach is alignment based/Therapeutic classes. She is an avid traveler, leading retreats around the world, and author of the yoga e-book BLOCKASANAS. To learn more about Jenny, her classes, or upcoming events, check out her website or Instagram @jennyclise_.