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Class Descriptions

Beginners Yoga (Beginners - All Levels)

This class is designed to introduce the practice of yoga.  This is a slower paced class emphasizing the basics of yoga; which include postural foundation, alignment, breath, and mental focus.  A perfect class for the novice, pregnant mom or anyone who would like a beginning approach to yoga.  No previous experience is necessary. 


Hatha Yoga (All Levels)

Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in America, this is because of its great diversity.  Rather than being a style of yoga as such, Hatha can be described as any kind of yoga where postures and breathing techniques are practiced.  There are nearly 200 yoga postures with hundreds of variations from numerous styles of yoga incorporated into the Hatha style.  This allows Hatha classes to be extremely adaptable to all levels.  Hatha yoga stretches and aligns the body, promoting balance and flexibility.  It works to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues.  Hatha yoga provides an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, while providing a wonderful counterpoint to busy or sedentary lifestyles, sports of all types and of course all other cardio activities.  Completed at a moderate to slow pace Hatha yoga is a perfect choice for novice yogi's.  

 

Seated Chair Yoga  (Beginner - All Levels)

This is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Chair yoga is a way to achieve physical and mental fitness using yoga postures and breath, without having to get on a yoga mat on the floor. Practiced sitting or standing using the chair as support, traditional yoga postures are adapted to be completed using the chair.  This is a perfect class for seniors, people with limited mobility, or anyone looking for a gentle class. 

 

 Yin Yang Yoga  (All Levels)  

Yin yang yoga is considered to be the perfect practice for balance and harmony. This class starts with yang style postures, which are active poses that are meant to generate heat within the body.  A mixture of gentle hatha and flow style poses are incorporated into the first half of this class.  It is then followed by yin or restorative style practice that focus on deep mental and physical relaxation.  Yin Yang helps develop deeper awareness of the body and balances the dynamics of both strength and mindful attention. Yin yang is suitable for anyone looking for both elements of flow and deep stretching in their practice.

 

Flow Yoga (Higher Beginner to Intermediate)

Flow yoga, is also known as Vinyasa yoga, is a style of yoga where the practitioner moves gracefully from one pose to the next, almost like a dance. As with Hatha yoga this style encompasses several types of yoga, all which have a focus on synchronizing the body's motions to the breath. This synchronization results in a very steady workout, which leads to increasing mental focus. The concept of Vinyasa, which is central to flow yoga, is that each motion of the yogi's practice has an accompanying inhalation or exhalation. Similarly, the yogi also uses breaths to measure the time that he or she spends in each pose.       Flow is much more vigorous than Hatha with the focus on increasing the heart rate while concentrating on the both the breath and the posture form.   This is a perfect class for those wanting a quick work out that covers strength, cardio, flexibility and mental relaxation.    

 

Restorative Yoga (All Levels)

Most yoga styles consist of an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure. Restorative yoga is something completely different. It's about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.  In a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.

During these long holds, your muscles deeply relax. It's a completely different feeling from other types of yoga since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a perfect complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress. 

What to Expect in a Restorative Class:

Prepare for deep relaxation when you attend this class. Expect to use multiple props in a lightly dimmed room with soft music playing. After you are set up in a pose with all your props, you will hold the pose for an extended period, often up to ten or even twenty minutes and may only complete four or five poses over the course of a class.  The teacher may talk you through a visualization, meditation, breath work technique or may use gentle music to help guide relaxation. At the end of the session, your body feels opened and refreshed.   This class is perfect for everyone no matter level or flexibility. 

 

Yoga Nidra (All Levels)

Yoga Nidra also know as Yogic Sleep.  Is a state of consciousness between being awake and asleep.  The body becomes completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.  This is different than mediation, where a single focus is required. In Yoga Nidra the practitioner stays in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses, connecting only to their hearing and the instructions being heard.  

The goal of Nidra is the same as Meditation which is to become deeply relaxed and in a meditative state on consciousness called Samadhi, becoming total aware of the present moment for a one-pointedness of the mind.  Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest possible states of relaxation you can achieve while still maintaining full consciousness.

 

Learn to Meditate (All Levels)

This class is designed to help students of all levels, learn to use different tools to facilitate a deeper and more consistent meditation practice.  

Why learn to meditate?

The purpose of meditation is to calm our mind and create peace within. If our mind is peaceful, we can remove and disengage from thoughts that create and cause unnecessary worry, both mental and physical discomfort as well as emotional strain.   Learning how to rein in our “Monkey Mind”, i.e. those random restless (and many times harming) thoughts can be done through practicing the creation of internal space, through meditation. Developing your own meditation practice helps to create a happier, more connected and satisfying life.

What to Expect?  

Expect to start each class with a discussion on a meditation technique. Followed by some gentle stretches, finishing with a guided mediation that is focused on the technique we discussed at the beginning of the class. Expect to be seated on the floor for most if not all of the class.  If sitting on the floor is not an option, please mention when registering,  as we do have some chairs available.  Expect to be gentle with yourself.  Each time we sit to mediate, we have the opportunity to experience many different things; they can be physical, mental and/or even emotional. Keeping this in mind, it is important to remember that each time we practice sitting in stillness for even a moment we add a coin to the “bank of peacefulness”, and just like when you save a little on a regular basis, it adds up!