Chant & Restore
Inner Body Yoga
Kids, Tweens and Teens 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 Hoop (Lyra) adds a hoop to the practice! Aerial Choreo Lab is a class for more advanced Aerial student who are ready to learn an Aerial Dance tailored to music.
This is a group creative process that creates a finished piece, and performs it.
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 Yoga 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.
Chant & Restore is a gratitude based practice that links sustained focus or intention over a period of time. In this class students connect an intention to chanting, meditation, asana and restorative postures. An all levels class, come and reconnect to your inner light!
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.
Yoga 4-8yrs, Tweens Yoga 8-12yrs and Teens Yoga 13-17yrs, are light hearted classes where children learn age appropriate yoga games, breathing techniques, postures, and relaxation tools. Students will be encouraged to move with a greater sense of awareness and heightened focus. Empowering kids, tweens and teens with self-confidence and the skills necessary in coping with stress, this yoga practice will enhance physical performance needed in all sports, dance, martial arts or life!
Kirtan (chanting) is a cross-cultural, participatory experience that originated in India many centuries ago. This musical genre utilizes ancient Sanskrit mantras in a call-and-response format that incorporates the audience right into the performance. The form of kirtan is as follows: the melody and instrumentation begin slowly, increase in intensity and speed as the chant progresses, and slow again at the end of the chant. Often participants will clap hands or dance to add to the rhythm and enthusiasm of the chant. Formally a part of bhakti yoga, the devotional path of yoga, and nada yoga, the science of sound & vibration, kirtan is quickly becoming one of the leading forms of participatory world music. The music of kirtan is both heartfelt and spirited, although styles of participation will vary from artist to artist. Everyone can participate—there are no prerequisites, no special talents or skills, and no religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds that are needed to take part in the kirtan experience. As interest in the world’s sacred music continues to expand, kirtan offers an opportunity for individuals and groups to come together, to call forth that unifying divine link within us all. In this manner, kirtan offers us a means to discover and to reconnect to the heart of our humanity.
Yoga helps new mothers and babies stay centered, strong and aware during their first months together. Bring your little one, from infant through almost crawling age to this nurturing class. Common postpartum and baby handling/carrying issues are addressed with toning, core strength, and stretching. Some stressful aspects of being a new parent are lessened by exploring our attitudes, learning new coping skills and compassion for the journey. An infant massage and developmental neuromuscular movement routine will be shared to deepen the bonding between you and your baby. Laughter and smiles abound in this class! Drop-ins always welcome.
Power Flow 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 Flow helps heal, detoxify and rouse the body and mind through balance and intention, strength and spirituality.
focus on postures that are appropriate for pregnant women with an
emphasis on breathing, relaxation, and muscle toning. Have the best
possible pregnancy and delivery by learning to stretch and strengthen
the body, focus and relax the mind, control breathing and develop
awareness. Best of all meet a lovely community of pregnant women in
your neighborhood! Yoga is a wonderful way to bond with your baby while
he/she is in the womb. It also helps you to deal with all the changes
happening to your body; this class will help you build the strength
necessary during pre and post natal months as well as during labor.
Practicing yoga will also keep your body agile and help you recover
more quickly after the birth. The Prenatal Yoga class is a great way to
bond with other moms, relax, daydream and honor the life growing within
you and yourself. Due to the nature of the Prenatal student, starting
and ending your session of classes, at any time, is allowed.
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
Restorative-Yin is a non-muscular practice that stays close to the floor taking practitioners deep into a deep meditative state. By-passing muscle and using the support of props targets deeper tissues, fascia and the joints. Whether you are a runner, a biker, a swimmer, physically active or a couch potato...Yin Yoga is the perfect compliment and balance to our more active, "yang" lifestyle. Years of a dedicated asana practice will make anyone healthier, stronger, and more flexible, but at some point the muscles will have reached their limit of flexibility. New depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, or an increased flow of energy may only be achievable by focusing on the deeper tissues of the body. This practice stimulates and strengthens the connective tissue and joints, and clears away blockages along the meridian lines (energy lines) relating to the major organs. Emphasizing longer, slower floor postures that target the hips, thighs, lower spine, and the meridians that run through them (similar to the effects of acupuncture), one practices Yin poses with the knowledge that you are reaching into the connective tissues of your body - a place that requires patience to open. As a result, dense, fibrous tissue becomes longer and stronger, renewing the body's structure and integrity.
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.
Tai Chi & Qigong: 18 Steps Level I - Background and Benefits;
Tai Chi and Qigong 18 Steps is a set of 18 movements combined by Master Lin Housheng to demonstrate how health could be created in the general population with a simple version of ancient Chinese exercises. Prior to this, Tai Chi and Qigong had been practiced in separate schools but not used as a mainstream physical fitness program. During the Cultural Revolution Tai Chi and Qigong were considered “against the state” and their practice was forbidden. Master Housheng was the first to get his version approved by the Chinese medical community in 1979 after the revolution. Millions of people all over the world now practice this popular form. The slow continuous movements of Tai Chi are designed to relax and develop the whole body by building internal strength, suppleness, and stamina. Qigong combines movements with meditation and breathing to enhance our bioelectric energy by unblocking the flow of Qi (chee/energy) in the meridian system. Tai Chi and Qigong 18 Steps is easy to learn and can be practiced anywhere, in as little as twenty minutes a day. Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong 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
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 Basicsis a a class that addresses the precise way in which the body should be positioned in each yoga pose in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the pose and avoid injury. Each yoga style has its own take on alignment. In many contemporary methods, props are used to help students get into the best possible alignment.
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.