Gentle Yoga "Gentle Yoga" is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. This class provides a workout without putting unnecessary strain on the yoga student. Employing modifications and props as necessary to standard yoga poses allows for a safe practice-all while allowing the body to achieve each position comfortably. This class focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension. Appropriate for beginners and experienced students who simply prefer to move at a more comfortable pace.
Barre Yoga Our Barre yoga class will incorporate the barre for balance and strength training and it will promote and practice coordination as well. The class will consist of exercises that use yoga poses as well, and will end with a cool down, stretching and savasana.
Hatha Yoga Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. The word “hatha” can mean “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation. This is a wonderful class for beginners and also experienced practitioners. The more you practice, the deeper you can go into your postures or asanas. Restorative Yoga It is a deep nurturing style of yoga. This practice is a time of intentional rest and sustained meditation in alternate shapes, where the body is supported and learns to trust being held. This practice consists of 6-8 resting poses and is supported with guided meditation.
Vinyasa Flow The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example. In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class. *noted from Yoga Journal's description of Vinyasa. Vin Yin This class is perfect for beginners and also a wonderful addition to more vigorous yoga practices. We will combine a gentle moving flow with the deep stretching of yin yoga. This is a fabulous way to start your day.
Gentle/beginner Yoga "Gentle Yoga" is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. This class provides a workout without putting unnecessary strain on the yoga student. Employing modifications and props as necessary to standard yoga poses allows for a safe practice-all while allowing the body to achieve each position comfortably. This class focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension. Appropriate for beginners and experienced students who simply prefer to move at a slower pace. We will also spend time taking base asanas apart and looking at posture, anatomy and benefits and contraindications of poses as well. Yin Yoga Yin Yoga takes asanas (poses) to a much deeper level. By maintaining an asana for a longer period of time we get much deeper into the connective tissues of the body. Yin is a complement practice to other yoga styles. This is not considered a restorative practice; you are still being active. It is also a practice that helps with the ability to sit for meditation. Through August we will add the practice of Prana Sanchala which focuses upon joint health. By taking each major joint in the body and gently moving that joint with breath we free the joints and remove stiffness. This is a gentle practice and I have felt amazing results that I would like to share. Barre Fusion This is a total body, Pilates inspired workout. Weights, exercises at the barre, and mat work will all be utilized to strengthen and tone your entire body and core, while also helping to increase balance and flexibility.
Mindfulness Meditation Come join in direct teachings of the “how to’s” of a personal, holistic meditation practice. What is meditation, how do we begin, and how do we develop and maintain a practice? Can we rise above the hurdles of a busy and distracted mind? How do we actually control our thoughts? Dianne Elsom will guide you in this process and show you that you can stay in the present moment and enjoy a stress reducing, easy going, peace of mind. A guided and silent seated experiential practice will follow. Wear comfortable clothing. Various seating options will be provided. Cost is $15 per person.
Aerial Yoga Aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses done on the floor, and postures practiced using a soft fabric “trapeze” (called a “sling”) suspended at waist height. This is the same fabric that aerialists use in the circus, but in aerial yoga our body weight is distributed between the fabric and the floor, allowing us to access traditional yoga postures in new ways. Many newcomers enjoy working with the sling because with the help of gravity there is very little pressure or stress on the joints, especially the spine. Inversions are accessed easily with no strain on the neck, back, or shoulders.
Gravity eases us into optimal alignment with very little effort, and deep postures can be accessed through relaxation and deep breathing. Our relaxation response is heightened by the unique sensations accessed in aerial yoga.
Hanging in the sling makes our core muscles fire. It is so much fun you don’t even realize what a great workout you’re getting. Transitioning in and out of the aerial yoga postures builds upper body strength, and resting in the postures heightens relaxation for a balanced effort overall.