Aerial Dance

 

Aerial Yoga

 

Align and Flow

 

Ayurvedic Yoga

 

Conditioning FUNdamentals

 

Deep Stretch

 

Inner Body Yoga

 

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

Restorative Yoga

 

Slow Flow

 

Tai Chi

 

Vinyasa Flow

 

Yin Yoga

 

Yoga for Healthy Bones

 

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. You can also find Aerial Yoga Workshops througout the year.

 

Align & Flow emphasizes slowing down, moving mindfully through each pose, and linking movement and breath to expand our sense of awareness while building stability. From that steadiness we can find more ease or openness in a pose and find the balance between effort and ease. The majority of yoga injuries happen when we transition too quickly between poses or without optimal alignment, so allowing the time to tune into our sensations and feel through what is “right” for our body, from moment to moment, will leave you with a feeling of overall completeness.

 

Ayurvedic Yoga is the combination of Yoga and Ayurveda. They are referred to as "Sister Sciences". When combined, they form a healing union unlike any other you've ever experienced. Ayurveda Medicine originated in India 3000 years ago and remains one of the country's health care systems. Because Ayurveda is designed around seasonal changes, the wisdom of Ayurveda can inform our yoga postures, breathwork and meditation. This practice is for every body, no matter what age, ability or belief.

 

Conditioning FUNdamentals is an eclectic blend of Pilates Mat movement, light weight training, resistance band work, Yoga and dance with the focus on core strengthening. Equally important, we move toward strengthening the entire body through playful, invigorating and lively movement. This practice can be very fulfilling, increasing stamina and endurance as well as establishing a great foundation for other movement traditions and athletic interests.

 


Deep 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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Restorative Yoga poses are practiced slowly and with breath awareness, using the support of bolsters, blankets, blocks and sometimes chairs, allowing the body to feel at ease and completely release. The entire practice is done on the floor. This class is for students who want to practice at a slower pace and move inwards to promote healing, rejuvenation and deep relaxation! It is recommended for students that are healing from injuries, any one who is experiencing stress or fatigue or for anyone who really wants or really needs to learn to relax. When we practice yoga this way we become more flexible in the body and mind, without effort.

 

Slow Flow is a mindful and internally compelling practice that emphasizes strengthening the body and increasing awareness. With detailed attention on the transitions between the poses, we incorporate breath work, innovative use of props and creative sequencing. This system helps address asymmetries and injuries, promoting freedom and space on physical, mental, and energetic levels. Class will provide a thoughtful asana (postures) sequence with special attention on the link between breath and movement, the art of transitioning from one movement to the next, and mindful alignment within each posture. While slower-moving, this class is not necessarily easy. Holding postures builds muscular strength, and transitioning mindfully builds focus and awareness while attention to alignment keeps our practice safe. 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!

 

Tai Chi in an ancient Chinese health practice that brings the power of breath, mental focus and physical connectedness all together. An internal martial art, the practice relies on the philosophy of yin and yang to stimulate and balance the body through a flowing movement. This course will focus on the Yang style of 42 movements. Each week we will review the previous week’s movements, and then focus on the new movements and adding them in slowly so as to be easily integrated into our growing practice. Benefits of Tai Chi include increased strength, joint mobility and balance, but no special physical ability is required. All levels and abilities are welcome, suitable for beginning and ciontinuing students!

 

Vinyasa Flow syncs movement and breath, building endurance and stamina through sequencing the poses similar to the traditional Sun Salutation. 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.

 

Yin Yoga focuses on longer held non-muscular floor poses combined with breath work and meditation. Because the superficial muscles are passive, yin yoga penetrates beneath them and targets the deeper myofascial meridians of the body, often in the hips, pelvis, and low back (which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy). This deep practice is gentle, yet mentally intense, helping students not only to open the body, but also to cultivate the ability to observe the fluctuations of the mind and sensation in the body. The practice of yin yoga provides the perfect balance to your active (yang) yoga practices and your busy life. 

 

Yoga for Healthy Bones originates with Loren Fishman, MD (sciatica.com). A Physiatrist, Dr. Fishman practices Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City. He began studying yoga with BKS Iyengar before his medical studies. Now nearing 80, Dr. Fishman continues to energetically apply yoga to the challenges of Osteoporosis. As a practicing Physiatrist and yoga teacher, he has researched Osteoporosis and designed not just what poses to do, but how to do them, all grounded in the science of why. In this session of 8 classes, you will learn about bone health and challenges, including a look at Osteoarthritis and Scoliosis, with an intention to take this all home to your own short, effective daily practice. You will learn essentials about what to avoid to protect your bones and joints. You will learn how to claim greater awareness, agility, strength and balance to stay on your feet! Drop-ins are not permitted. Classes fill up quickly, so pre-registration is required. Come if you have yoga experience, come if you have none.

 

Yoga Over 50 (ageless yoga for baby boomers) meets the needs of the emotionally apprehensive newcomer, the student physically limited by age, or someone 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.