Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Beginner: A slower paced class allowing the beginning student to reawaken the mind and body intelligence. We focus on the foundational poses (asana) of Yoga and breathing techniques (pranayama). You will be guided through the details and alignment of each pose. Gently expanding and challenging, giving you the tools needed to attend Yoga classes with knowledge, experience and confidence.

Gentle: A slow to moderately paced class for those who may live with chronic aches or injuries allowing you to define and explore the unique needs of your body. Deepen the exploration of alignment, breath and awareness feeling relaxed and in touch with the natural ease and joy of movement that is your unique self.

Gentle/Restorative: This class combines the elements of gentle Yoga with restorative poses, which utilizes props to promote passive muscular release and deep relaxation. This is a great class to help you unwind from your week and prepare for a relaxing, restorative weekend. The goal will be to relax you, mind and body allowing your stress to dissolve.

Mixed Level: This class is easy to challenging and is adapted for those in attendance with modification and variations offered for any level of practice

Silver Age Yoga: A class for seniors, those with chronic stiffness, muscle/joint related issues, or during recovery from surgery/illness. Movement with slow mindful awareness to increase range of motion with an invitation to Breathe, Stretch and simply De-stress rebuilding your sense of well being.

Slow Flow Hatha Foundations: Moving with the breath at a slower pace developing the body’s intelligence and settling into longer holds to explore the poses. Building strength and flexibility while refining alignment and grounding. We will also explore Yin and Restorative Yoga interwoven into class at times. Join us and revitalize both mind and body.

Yoga for Everybody – These classes are for everyone including beginners. The teaching style is adapted for those in attendance. When beginners are present the detail of instruction is more pronounced, allowing new students to easily follow class. Typically, this is a moderately paced class which emphasizes focused breathing and a mindful awareness of your body. This emphasis makes these classes a joyful, meditative exploration of yourself in the present moment. Students find this class relaxing and revitalizing.

Hot Vinyasa: Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of Yoga classes. The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes a continuous flow of movement using sun salutations, dynamic breathing and longer holds in poses. The heat encourages greater flexibility and detoxification as each part of the body is explored and worked, in a deep and mindful way as we build strength and tone the body. Vinyasa is a fun and creative practice requiring focus and dedication. This class moves at a quick pace, therefore, some Yoga experience is helpful prior to starting this class and a moderate level of fitness is recommended. This type of hot room Yoga is physically challenging and athletic. If you have any specific health issues or injuries, you should consult your physician and the teacher before engaging in these classes.

Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis: No mater what your range of motion or your present abilities the Yoga postures offered can be approached with the use of props to gently achieve a pose. Because each persons experience with MS is different, some students may be able to participate in a regular on the floor mat class and others may need individual instruction with adapting traditional Yoga poses using props and modification. You will learn a variety of Yoga poses that will aid in relieving stress, combat fatigue, reduce spasticity and increase range of motion. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Adaptive Yoga for Cardiac and Cancer, Yoga of the Heart: A special 6 to 8 week program. The Yoga poses and breath exercises used are very gentle and induce deep relaxation, reducing stress and promoting healing.  Each part of the body is, in turn, related to “mind set” or emotion.  By gently moving the body, we can release deep held thoughts and emotions allowing the mind to move to a state of centeredness.  We will also work with the breath, when in the pain we often hold or repress the breath, rhythmical breathing and awareness increases oxygen flow allowing us to attain deep complete relaxation (also called progressive relaxation).  Yoga, breath and balance….gently increasing muscle strength and resiliency.  Regain knowledge of your body, and find ease and acceptance of who we are at this time and place. Permission to attend this class from your medical provider/Physician must be received before beginning class. Contact me for forms and to discuss your needs.

Kripalu YogaDance®: YogaDance is a unique approach to movement that combines Kripalu Yoga with easy to follow dance moves blending guided and solo improvisational dance/movements together. We begin with gentle warm ups, progress upwards with more energetic and lively movements and will finish by winding down to peaceful full body relaxation. You will develop breath awareness, strength and tone in your body, increase stamina, flexibility and most of all have FUN.  Join us and relax your mind and body, feel your stress dissolve effortlessly. This unique and balanced workout is for everyone and everybody. No previous experience of Yoga or dance required. Discover the unique dancer you already are, we were born as dancers, we simply forgot.

iRest®-Yoga Nidra: A transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry to calm the nervous system releasing negative emotions and thought patterns. Develop a deeper capacity to meet all experiences you may encounter in life and let go of old negatives ones. We will begin with a brief flow of Yoga Asana (poses) to release energy and relax and then move into either a seated or prone position on our mats to settle into stillness with guided imagery and meditation.