Intro to Ashtanga
Inner Body Yoga
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
Tai Chi & Qigong
Yoga Over 50
Aerial Dance (a
session class) gracefully moves you in the air, suspended on fabric, free from the confines of gravity. You will build strength, flexibility, and release compression from the body. This class will teach you the fundamental techniques of aerial fabric including climbing, foot locks, wrist locks, and sling work. You will find this class a safe and positive introduction to moving in the air. No experience is necessary, just an open mind, and a desire to get off the ground. After completing the Level 1 session one can sign-up and enjoy the Level 2 training. Drop-ins are not permitted. Classes fill up quickly, so pre-registration is required.
Aerial Yoga is a uniquely developed practice for beginners thru all levels of experience that combines traditional Yoga postures with the basic training of an Aerialist. With the weight of the body supported, students learn how to achieve proper postural alignment through relaxation rather than effort, enhancing a relaxed and peaceful state of mind as well. Challenging traditional Yoga postures such as inversions and deep back bends can be achieved without effort or strain with the use of the Aerial Yoga fabric. Deep muscle releases achieved in the air allow students to explore much deeper stretches in their traditional Yoga postures on the floor. Common Yoga-related injuries caused by over stretching the shoulders and compression in the lower back are addressed through exercises that strengthen shoulders without compromising flexibility, and by strengthening core abdominal muscles without compression of the spine. Aerial Yoga is the perfect solution for those students yearning for something different to explore in their practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is derived from the Yoga Sutras, the teachings of
ancient Indian sage Patanjali. The asanas are taught in a form known as
Vinyasa, which links the poses in a precise, flowing sequence designed
to strengthen, align, and purify the entire body and mind. Vinyasa
synchronizes the breath to the movement, enabling the practitioner to
develop concentration, endurance, flexibility, balance, and clarity. We
focus on the Primary Series as taught by Shri K. Pattahbi Jois.
Into to Ashtanga is loosely based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa series of poses and is appropriate for all ages and levels. This basic sequence of standing and seated postures is coordinated with the breath and designed to cultivate balance, strength, flexibility and calm. It is an energetic yet mindful approach that prepares students for the deeper and subtler practices of pranayama (breath control) and meditation associated with the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series.
Stretch is different from most traditional classes in
that we don't explore any standing postures. Remaining close to the
floor allows you to penetrate deep beneath the surface of your body.
Through twisting and stretching you can unlock and release enormous
amounts of tension. Relaxing into the realm of your hips and shoulders,
you can immerse your attention and heighten your level of awareness.
Appropriate for all levels.
Yoga is the physical practice of yoga. The
Sanskrit word 'yoga' means to link, or join together. Linking the
deliberate movement of the body to the deliberate movement of the
breath is what constitutes Hatha Yoga. Out of this very basic idea has
emerged a variety of yoga styles, all distinctly different in form and
taught at different levels of experience. Some styles adhere to
tradition, focusing on technique and precision, others are more
creative and eclectic. In Sanskrit, the word Hatha also means "ha /
tha" or "sun / moon". The asana practice is intended to balance these
opposites by stretching tight areas, strengthening weak areas, and
finding equilibrium between right brain and left brain, masculine and
feminine, active and passive qualities. All yoga classes taught here are a form of Hatha Yoga.
Inner Body Yoga is based on the teachings of Angela Farmer, and is about undoing rather than doing. It is a feminine style aimed at learning to listen to your inner body -- your true teacher. Instead of striving to achieve a pose (approaching a pose as something to do perfectly), we will be using the poses as an opportunity to see what is extra that we can let go of. Learn how to turn off the thinking mind that wants to control the body and turn on the listening heart for a more organic, intuitive experience. Participants will come away with an understanding of how they might feel a deeper ease and openness as a result of honoring the feminine. Prerequisite: an imagination! All levels are welcome.
Power Yoga is a dynamic and energetic form of Vinyasa Yoga. This class will physically and mentally challenge the practitioner to connect to their inner power, empowering their presence of mind and body. Power Yoga helps heal, detoxify and rouse the body and mind through balance and intention, strength and spirituality.
Prenatal Yoga classes focus on postures that are appropriate for pregnant women with an emphasis on breathing, relaxation, and muscle toning. Classes aim for the best possible pregnancy and delivery by learning to stretch and strengthen the body, focus and relax the mind, control breathing and develop awareness. Both prenatal and Postnatal Yoga is a wonderful way to bond with your baby while he/she is in the womb as well as in the world. Classes can also help you to deal with all the changes happening to your body, and practicing yoga will help you recover more quickly after the birth. Prenatal Yoga class are a great way to bond with other moms, relax, daydream and honor the life growing within you and yourself. Drop-ins always welcome
Postnatal Yoga helps new mothers and babies stay centered, strong and aware during their first months together. Bring your little one, from infant through crawling to this nurturing class. Common postpartum and baby handling/carrying issues are addressed with toning, core strength, and stretching. An infant massage and developmental neuromuscular movement routine will be shared to deepen the bonding between you and your baby. Drop-ins always welcome.
Slow Flow Yoga is based on aligning with the fluid, organic intelligence of your body. This is a very different approach than the mechanical, militaristic model of most exercise systems, including much of the yoga that is being offered in today’s marketplace. Many slogans of the “fitness industry” such as “No Pain, No Gain”, “Hard Bodies”, “Buns of Steel”, and “Killer Abs” which have poisoned our body-minds, brainwashing us to often exercise in a way that is joyless, full of drudgery, and often violent, resulting in rigid bodies and inflexible minds, often causing injury and lacking in the pleasure that is one of the characteristics of intelligent movement...YOGA! Do you want supple strength and composed calm? Do you want to feel good during and after your workout? Join the Slow Flow revolution! Do you find that some classes are too fast for you? Do you want to be able to feel what you’re doing? Would you like to have more understanding of proper technique so that you are safe and gain the greatest benefit from your yoga practice? There is a way...come and enjoy the delicious synthesis of movement, breath, and energy that is the hallmark of our Slow Flow classes. When we take time, our nervous systems relax, our minds slow down, our muscles become supple, our breath deepens – our inner chemistry shifts towards a biological balance, which one experiences as peace, tranquility, relaxation, and emerging bliss. Slower is stronger, gentle is the new advanced!
Stretch & Restore is designed to help heal the effects of
chronic stress due to our fast pace and busy lives. Classes will focus
on a series of gentle floor stretches followed by restorative poses
using bolsters, straps, and blankets. Special attention will be placed
on alignment, and relaxation, through proper use of the breath. Restorative Yoga is used to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for balancing the body. By stimulating this system, you experience a lower heart rate and blood pressure.This also helps stimulate your immune and endocrine systems in healthy way. When you experience stress or feel overwhelmed, it is the parasympathetic nervous system that restores balance. The deep relaxation response elicited by restorative yoga also results in benefit to the internal organs
Tai Chi & Qigong: This ancient Chinese exercise strengthens ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones and is an excellent anti-aging practice for men and women. The form, called Yijinjing, features "extended" or isometric movements that focus on turning and flexing the spine while invigorating the limbs and internal organs. Yijinjing combines softness with strength to calm the mind and promote the flow of vital energy or Qi. YijinjIng exercises were a key element in the physical conditioning of Shaolin monks who were (and still are) experts in martial arts. Benefits of Tai Chi include improved posture and balance, stress reduction, better breathing, regulation of blood pressure, and a sense of well-being. Come learn this ancient art of self-healing. Cultivate your own Qi and share the “ener-Qi” of the group.
Vinyasa Flow syncs movement with each breath and builds
endurance through sequencing of poses similar to traditional Sun
Salutations. The progression of poses are designed to warm up the body and
take you from basic postures to more intermediate or advanced movements as your muscles become more malleable.
Yoga Foundations is a six-week course that starts off new and returning students on the right foot, demystifying notions about yoga while acquainting them with life-enhancing yoga principles ad practices that withstand the test of time. Students will experience why yoga thrives as the most appreciated ancient healing system in modern times.
Yoga Over 50 meets
the needs of students physically limited by age, emotionally apprehensive, or simply wanting to move a bit slower. All ages are
welcome. Students will practice learning the
fundamentals of the postures with an emphasis on alignment, breathing
techniques, and relaxation.