Class Descriptions

 
Yoga classes often begin and end with the sound of "ohm," a mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin. It is believed to be the basic sound of the universe, the cosmic vibration and contains all other sounds. When repeated correctly it penetrates all and creates harmony and unity with all that exists - with mind, body and spirit and that to all others.

Yoga classes often begin and end with the sound of "ohm," a mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin. It is believed to be the basic sound of the universe, the cosmic vibration and contains all other sounds. In honor of Yogic tradition, many yoga teachers begin and close classes with chanting Ohm to create harmony and unity among the students and teacher.

Classical Yoga All Levels

All Level’s Class includes students who have been practicing for either a short or long time and are familiar with basic yoga postures. Emphasis is on awareness of breath as it facilitates movement and on being present to conditions as they exist in the moment. A willingness to engage in a deeper experience of mind, body and spirit connection leads an experienced student to integrating mat experience with daily life as it is.

Gentle Classical Yoga

In this one hour class, students enjoy a series of postures designed to increase flexibility, strength, balance, range of motion and stability. This gentle yoga class incorporates traditional postures, moving from seated to kneeling to standing. Modifications are offered for each pose and suggestions made in the use of supportive props. Each student is encouraged to let their body be their guide as they move to their gentle edge. No yoga experience is necessary. Learn more

YogaQi™ (Yoga Chi)

This class is an intermediate level class and will include balance poses, stepping, twisting, stretching, knee bends and core, arm and leg strengthening.  The class begins with 40 minutes of  yoga postures and deep muscle stretches to stretch and relax the meridians while massaging and refreshing the organs by compressing and releasing them. We then move to 20 minutes of moving Qigong exercises to stretch and relax ligaments, tendons and joints, combining breathing, movement and mental focus to explore, enhance and circulate the body’s Qi, the Chinese word for energy.   Learn more

Kripalu Yoga Level 2

A mixed level class appropriate for beginners and those more experienced.  Cultivating compassionate self awareness through sequences of postures, breathing exercises and introspection, this class promises to strengthen, deepen and expand your yoga practice.  Class intensity varies depending of those participating and the energy of the day.

Self-Healing Yoga

Anyone can participate in and benefit from self-healing yoga.  This class helps to awaken a stronger circulation of life energy in the body allowing us to release stresses, toxins, and blockages which helps to revitalize and refresh the body, mind, and spirit.  Class includes tapping, meridian stretching, breathing, and meditation as well as guidance on self-healing & stress reduction.  Ideal for those experiencing illness, injury or chronic pain.

Yoga and Cancer

This free class offers specialized yoga and support for patients, survivors and caregivers.  In this class you will learn about the therapeutic benefits of yoga and its ability to heal by gently stretching, building strength, and deeply relaxing in a supportive environment.  Learn More

Restorative Yoga

(Note:  We will not be offering Restorative Yoga this fall.  Please check back in January for our 2018 schedule.) Relax...renew...restore.  A restorative yoga class begins by calming the breath, then moving into gentle warming poses and continuing with a series of restorative poses.  Class ends with Shavasana (basic relaxation) and a brief meditations.  We use a variety of props to support and stabilize the body and promote renewal and rebalancing of the body and mind.


From One of Our Students

At the tender age of 75 and 3/4, I was coerced by a friend (she’s older) to try yoga. At the time, I was searching for a form of exercise that may have included resting on your back and humming some sort of 'ohm, ohm!, and figured, 'I can do that.' Little did I know that yoga and I would become, 'love at first try.' I quickly learned that yoga is food for body, mind and soul. What an immediate and positive response! Although, I was the 'newbie', I was greeted with open arms. My teacher is experienced and attentive to my particular needs. She encouraged me to try differing poses; but if a pose was uncomfortable, it was okay to do what my body could do. Yoga has increased my flexibility, balance and definitely reduced my stress level and has gifted me a serenity within. Yoga is a gift that keeps on giving.  An added bonus: I recently purchased a children’s book, Good Night Yogi, a pose by pose bedtime story by Miriam Jane Hinder. When my 4 year old granddaughter visits, she immediately goes to the closet for my yoga mat, gets the book and we do yoga together. Inclement weather nor early rising will deter this yogi. Thank you to my dear friend and my yogi master! P.S.  future thought :  watch out heaven and angels above, here I come, get your mats ready, spread your wings: breathe in, breathe out!”

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