“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”
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Move more gracefully with Gentle Yoga. Explore how yoga poses can restore and renew our aging bodies. This class is appropriate for older adults and those with injuries. Gentle Yoga moves at a slower pace and emphasizes adapting the poses using props so that every body can access the benefits of the poses. Please note that you will need to use a staircase to get to the lower level. Pregnant and post-partum women are welcome.
Tuesdays 4 - 5:15 pm w/ Jill
Level I-Beginner Yoga (changing to Mixed-Levels Yoga on 4/1- beginners welcome!)
For beginning yoga students. Level I- Beg. emphasizes fundamental alignment principles with a concentration on standing postures. A gentle approach, sometimes with the support of a yoga chair. Seated and reclined postures will also be taught and will include gentle backbends, spinal twists, forward folds, and supported inversions. You will develop strength, flexibility, balance, and reduce stress while cultivating discipline and sensitivity to your individual needs. In the Level One class, I will be covering all the basic poses that are recommended for new students (mainly standing and seated poses). Level I - Beginner Yoga will prepare you for more advanced classes in the future. Pregnant and post-partum women are welcome.
Tuesdays 5:30 - 7 pm w/ Jill
Level I- Continuing Yoga
Level I - Cont. is for Level I Yoga practitioners to continue refining the fundamentals of a strong yoga practice. Classes are taught on a monthly cycle moving form Standing poses to Forward Bends, to Backbends to Restorative Poses from the beginning to the end of the month. This monthly cycle keeps the practitioner and their practice balanced. Beginning students are welcome to attend Level I-Continuing Yoga.
Mondays 8 - 9 am w/ Marca
Wednesdays 9 - 10 am w/ Marca (through the end of March, 2019)
Fridays 8 - 9 am w/ Marca
Level I - II Yoga
Level I - II is for continuing practitioners to refine and elevate an established yoga practice. We will explore an expanding range of preliminary and intermediate level postures. Shoulder stand, backbends, seated twists, forward bends and some arm balances will be taught in this class. Classes are taught on a monthly cycle moving form Standing poses to Forward Bends, to Backbends to Restorative Poses from the beginning to the end of the month. This monthly cycle keeps the practitioner and their practice balanced. It is recommended that you have had a least one year of a regular yoga practice before starting this class.
Tuesdays 10 - 11:15 am w/ Marca (through end of March, 2019)
Thursdays 8:15 - 9:30 am w/ Marca (through end of March, 2019)
Sundays 4 - 5:15 pm w/ Marca
Restorative Yoga & Meditation
This class takes a "less is more" approach. We conserve energy without total passivity. We reclaim space, stillness, quietude, and with it we reclaim ease, peace, vitality, and clarity. Restorative yoga involves long holds and fewer poses such as twists, seated forward folds, supported backbends, hip and shoulder openers, reclined postures, and sometimes supportive use of the wall. Dim lighting, slow and gentle movements and subtle use of aromatherapies will support a meditative environment. The meditation portion of this class will be Yoga Nidra - a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses with four of his or her senses withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of yoga nidra and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi. Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. Wear comfortable clothing. Open to all levels.
Student testimonial: “I think yoga Nidra makes your mind flexible in the same way that yoga makes your body flexible, which in turn leads to greater creativity and better problem solving. It helps you focus on your goals. I also find myself coming up with problem solving ideas, seemingly out of nowhere, during the yoga Nidra practice. And, of course, it's super relaxing.”
Wednesdays 5:30 - 7 pm w/ Marca (60-Minutes Restorative Yoga & 30-Minutes Meditation) (Changing to Mondays starting in April)