Classes are listed in order from gentle to higher physical energy.
Stretch & Relax (1 hour)
This class is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing, calming and soothing experience. You will relax in the postures, soften the muscles to stretch into connective tissues, hold the postures, and practice deeper conscious breathing.
Breathing and mindfulness exercises are gently woven in to help release long-held mental and physical stress to cultivate a feeling of inner peace, and lead to a natural state of well being.
Use of bolsters and blankets will support the body in restful postures. Sandbags may be used to enable muscles to relax and your energy to ground. Bring a small towel to place over the bolster during those times when your face and head will be resting on it. There are no standing poses in this class. Perfect for beginners and those that need time to turn within and recharge.
Chair Yoga (1 hour)
This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting on a chair, or possibly standing using a chair for support. Chair yoga is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. It is perfect for anyone that has difficulty descending to and ascending from the floor or whose balance is compromised.
Using a chair reduces strain on limbs and joints. This practice promotes stability and flexibility of the body, self-awareness and clarity at the level of the mind, a sense of calm and balance at the level of the emotions, and overall wellness. Wheelchair confined individuals are welcomed.
Gentle Beginnings (1 hour)
Gentle Beginnings is for anyone just starting their yoga journey or for those that would like a refresher on the basic yoga poses. This class will help you discover the optimal way for you to practice each pose, whether it be with a block, bolster, blanket or using a chair. Questions during the class are encouraged. Breath work will be interwoven with stretches and movements to bring harmony to the nervous system, reduce stress, tone the physical body and create an overall feeling of well-being.
Gentle Yoga (1 hour)
Gentle yoga focuses on basic yoga poses and emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement and attention to alignment. This class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increases flexibility. This class is taught on a rotational basis; the instructor is listed on the calendar here. Each instructor brings their individual style to the class. Note: April uses aromatherapy in her class.
Yoga for All (1 hour)
This class is for Every Body. Expect an emphasis on breath and slow movement, using appropriate poses for the differences each body has in structure and limitations, allowing everyone regardless of their ability or body type to benefit from yoga. This class guides you through poses and breathing to assist you on your journey to increasing strength, enhancing flexibility and calming the mind. This class includes an extended period of relaxation and meditation.
Slow Flow (1 hour)
This meditative flow allows yogis to use a mindfully slow pace to synchronize breath and movement. The pace allows practitioners to deepen their mind/body connection by listening to their bodies and respecting when and how poses may need to be modified. Poses can be refined and strengthened, without feeling rushed into the next move, next breath, or next pose. All levels of Yoga practitioners can find their personal challenges, as they slowly and mindfully move through a series.
Vin/Yin (75 minutes)
This class combines the flow benefits of vinyasa with the quiet cooling practice of yin. This class begins with a slow warm up and progresses into dynamic vinyasa linking breath to movement. The class evolves into postures of long holds to tap the resources deep within oneself to help rejuvenate the mind and body. This class calmly ends in savasana with time for meditation.
Vinyasa - All Levels (75 minutes)
Whether you are relatively new to yoga or experienced, Vinyasa – All Levels is for everyone. This class links body movement with breath and emphasizes strengthening the core. Pose modifications and challenges are offered to fit the participant’s experience level. Initially starting with three part breathing and warm up stretches, the music takes you to a progressively higher energy level about midway into the class and concludes with a relaxation period taking you to your place of peace.
Some benefits for you are improved posture, flexibility, balance, and strength as well as calming of your mind and lessening of stress!
Inner Strength Yoga (75 minutes)
This class is designed to challenge you where you are at in your practice. Commencing with stretches and sun salutations, the class progresses to a warrior series to improve your strength and balance. There is an energetic flow punctuated by core poses with optional arm balances and inversions.
Each class has a unique play list from rock and roll to mantra. Clear robust cues will motivate you forward on your powerful yogic path. You may work up a sweat so bring a towel.
Victorious Vinyasa (1 hour)
This class is practiced in a warm environment allowing you to go a little deeper and safely into postures. It is intended for those that have practiced for some time and know the basic poses, can control their breathing, are seeking to be challenged and break a sweat. Bring a towel.
Class begins by getting centered, then moves you through a steady flow focusing on mindfulness and the muscles. There are many down dogs, planks, sun salutations and some inversions. The pace is fast and the posture combinations are more dynamic. This class concludes with a short relaxation period.
Ashtanga Improv (1 hour)
SUMMER CLASS (Fridays, June 22 - August 10, 2018)
Learn about the different elements of Ashtanga Yoga in a safe, comprehensive manner. Each class will include a focus on the sun salutations and breath, but will change based upon the student's needs. The class is fast-paced. You may break a sweat so bring a towel.