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This is our slowest paced class (not including Senior Stretch and Very Gentle Yoga). This class is appropriate for new students as well as more advanced students who want gentler movement. It includes basic seated and standing postures with simple transitions up and down off the floor. Technique and hands-on adjustment are offered. Variations on postures accommodate those with limitations or recovering from injuries. This class is a great way get to know your body. It will awaken areas that feel weak or restricted and unwind chronic tension. Gentle attention on breathing allows you to access a sense of peace and calm.
This is our second level class. This class is appropriate for beginning to advanced students who want to focus more on movement, technique and alignment. A wide yet balanced selection of postures allows you to explore new movements and provides the option to challenge your limits. Coordinating movement with breath strengthens the body and releases areas that feel tight or bound. The themes and alignment presented allow you to leave each class with a new awareness that you can use on and off the mat.
This is our 3rd level class. This class is appropriate for physically fit beginners as well as intermediate to advanced students. Vinyasa includes faster-paced flowing movement and creative sequencing. Principles of alignment build strength and develop an understanding of technique. Attention to the breath and hands-on adjustments help guide you deeper into challenging postures while encouraging a gentle release.
Hatha Flow teaches the classic yoga postures through a deep awareness of correct alignment and precise actions in the body. Clear instruction is given in breathing technique, warm-up and posture flow. New students will develop body awareness, posture alignment and core strength in basic poses, while experienced students are encouraged to explore advanced variations in familiar postures. Everyone works to his or her own ability and comfort level. Relaxation Techniques to follow.
The Senior Stretch Yoga Class provides a yoga experience for seniors with balance and flexibility limitations. The 1 hour class brings the gentle yoga experience to those that desire modifications for their yoga routine, by providing a chair as the support and stage for all of the classic yoga poses. Each yoga pose is specifically modified to allow body extension from either a sitting or standing position. This class uses a chair as a platform to launch each yoga movement, allowing seniors the ease needed to succeed in their daily yoga without having to get down on the floor or balance without support. This class is a gateway to those wishing to become more flexible before trying Gentle Yoga.
This restorative yoga class calms the nervous system and brings deep healing to the body. When we experience stress, the systems of our body shut down. By promoting a profound state of relaxation our organs, glands and nervous system are restored to their natural balance. The nurturing atmosphere melts tension and anxiety, leaving you completely revitalized. Note: Bring socks and clothing to keep the body warm.
The practice of Yin Yoga focuses on stimulating the energy channels in the body that reside throughout the deep connective tissue. It is known to rehabilitate the joints and increase mobility, bathing our body with vital energy and leaving us enlivened and relaxed. Much of a Yin practice is done close to the floor, staying in postures for extended periods of time. It has to do with creating stillness in the body and mind and relaxing the muscles. This quieting of our mind allows us to connect to the rich currents within ourselves and to tap into a greater source of energy that is all around & inside us.
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
- To calm and balance the mind & body
- Increased mobility in the body, especially the joints & hips
- Deep relaxation & lowering of stress levels
- Increased lubrication & protection of joints
- More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
- Release of fascia throughout the body
- A better ability to cope with anxiety & stress
- Help create a condusive state for meditation
The mindful flow of YinYasa integrates Yang (active yoga) with Yin (passive yoga).
The more rhythm and repetition, the more movement and sweat, the more Yang. Yin, on the other hand, involves slow deep, relaxed stretches adapted for each individual’s body and level of experience. It is an unwinding practice that connects us to our deep, rich internal currents. As we release habituated holding patterns in the body and mind, energy flows more freely.
Beginning our practice with Yang can deepen our experience of Yin. Flowing Yang postures prepare the body, mind and spirit to dive below the surface of the external muscles and of the busy mind, into the more meditative aspects of Yoga. Much of a Yin practice is done close to the floor, staying in safe postures for extended periods of time. It has to do with creating stillness and relaxing the muscles. This allows us to work the deeper levels of the body, heart and mind; the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones; and energetic channels of the meridians. Within this balance of Yin and Yang, our systems are able to let go more fully. There would be no Yin without Yang, they complement each other.
Core & More I
This fun, energetic class teaches you how to access strength and flexibility. Core and More I combines strengthening of the core with the release of foam rollers to reduce muscle tension and improve balance and core strength. The focus of this class is to create ease of movement and an increased awareness of your inner AND outer strength in order to unlock your full potential. Core and More I blends strengthening and stretching into unique sequences that will leave you feeling renewed and recharged. $20 per class.
Core & More II
This playful class teaches you how to access your core by strengthening and sculpting your butt and abs. These creative exercises and sequences will help you find your best body shape and improve your physical performance while reducing pain and injury. Come experience how good it feels to access your core – and more! $20 per class.
Sculpt & Tone
The sister class to Core and More: This one hour Biofunctional™ workout class will sculpt and tone your legs, butt, abs, and upper body. Whether you want to get in a workout at the end of your day, or simply to diversify your yoga practice; this class is for you. In this well-rounded class we will begin with a warmup, progress to our exercises, and end with a restorative cool down. Each class is designed to move your body in a fun and functional way so you can find strength and ease in your body and your life.
The Biofunctional Method™ combines strength, stretch, and balance to help you look and feel feel strong, healthy, and confident.
Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga
Prenatal postpartum yoga classes offer a place of refuge where women learn to connect with their changing bodies, their babies, and each other. We create a support system with the common journey of motherhood. Prenatal postpartum yoga builds and facilitates a connection to the inner self.
Prenatal postpartum yoga uses postures, movement, breathing, and meditation to help ease pregnancy, delivery, and the effects of birth. This class aids in the recreation of strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle practice designed especially for the pregnant and postpartum woman’s needs.