This class introduces yoga postures and principles designed to bring strength, flexibility, openness and awareness into the body. Classic yoga postures as well as modifications are introduced to give the student options in the development of a personal practice. This class is for all levels.
Gentle yoga is geared towards those new to yoga or individuals looking to slow down and release the stress of everyday life. This compassionate practice uses gentle movements, breath work and yoga postures to develop flexibility and range of motion. Gentle yoga also offers a transformation for those with physical limitations – including tight muscles, unsteady balance, recovery from an injury, inflammation and heart conditions.
Iyengar Method Yoga
Iyengar yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern day master of yoga, whose headquarters is in Pune, India. Mr. Iyengar died in 2014 but his children and grandchildren—along with Iyengar-certified instructors around the world—carry on his legacy.
The method is known for its emphasis on proper alignment, which allows the bones, joints and muscles to work with more stability and less effort. It teaches body awareness that shows the student how everything is connected to the mind, body and breath. Emphasis is placed on how the body moves as well as on the actions in a pose. To make a pose accessible and beneficial to all practitioners, props are used, when needed, to allow students to practice poses comfortably and safely.
Refine Your Practice
This class is appropriate for students who have 2+ years of consistent yoga study in any method of practice. Dedicated students and teachers are welcome to participate. All categories of postures are refined, including inversions and pranayama. Those who have movement restrictions are also welcome but need to know how to modify or substitute the posture that cannot be done.
Introduction to yoga postures, breath awareness and relaxation techniques. Designed for those new to yoga as well as those who want to rekindle their personal practice.
Pilates is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without creating bulk. Pilates exercises reach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
Flow yoga resents a series of flowing yoga postures that are connected and flow into the next posture without interruption. This series balances the body by creating internal heat, breath awareness, deep release and relaxation.
Yoga for 50+
Yoga postures, breathing exercises and seated meditation are skills that can last a lifetime, even into advanced age and during times of injury or illness. It is also true that you can start yoga training at any age. In fact, some of the most dedicated yoga practitioners start training later in life when the other duties have reduced or ceased : childrearing, retirement from the daily grind, and relationship changes.
In this series of classes, you will learn yoga postures that strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. Standing poses specifically enhance your ability to balance on your feet as a way to prevent or reduce injury from falls. Yoga learning tools such as chairs, blocks, and other supports will provide the extra stability that is necessary to gain confidence in the postures – at any age.
Participants in this group class must be ambulatory (able to stand and walk with relative ease on their own). Specific individual needs will be accommodated within reason.
Yoga is an excellent preparation for labor and birth. It is also a great way to get back into shape after birth. One of the reasons for this lies in yoga’s approach. To experience yoga you need to be fully involved. The attention of the mind and the awareness of the breath are added to the movements of the body.
The physical positions of yoga are called poses or postures, not exercises. The work pose expresses a feeling of moving into stillness. In Yoga the body is eased into alignment with the awareness of the breath. The pose is then held quietly until the mind and body are one. Performing yoga poses with awareness creates a state of calmness. When a pregnant women feels inner clarity, her confidence grows. When she feels peaceful, her anxiety concerning the birth process decreases. The mind becomes involved in the body movements.
The focus allows the pregnant women to tune out distracting forces around her during labor and to respond appropriately to the contractions. This ability to focus takes practice. Yoga provides a way to refine the movements of the body. When first performing the poses, you may feel slightly awkward and stiff. Continue to do the same poses and perform them at any pace you are comfortable. After practicing them over and over again, the body will stretch, adapt and gradually move into alignment. As you get to know your own body through practicing yoga poses, you will be confronted with your physical strengths and weaknesses. This is a valuable training, for labor is a very physical process. As you feel the growth of your baby within, you need also to experience your own inner growth. Therefore yoga is not a type of exercise to be learned. It is an approach to be understood. The Yoga way is a calm, mindful way and will help you adjust to the physical demands of labor, birth and motherhood.