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.
Family Friendly Gentle Yoga
Class structured like Gentle Yoga in the description above, but suitable for parents and their children ages 7 and up.
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.
A hatha class with a few more challenging and advanced asana. Options for adaptations are still offered.
Hatha and Hammock
We will incorporate the use of a yoga hammock to stretch more deeply into already established yoga poses. This class does require a basic knowledge of yoga asana and the ability to be mindful of the body. You must know your own edge of a pose, and listen to and respect your body to remain safe. Very few poses will be in suspension. We will finish with a suspended savasana floating above the earth in hammock.
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. 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. Aerial yoga
This 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.
Aerial / restorative yoga
Aerial Restorative Yoga is gentle, meditative, and slow stretching and a rehabilitative version of yoga using an aerial hammock. The class incorporates levitating meditations, inversions, supported sun salutations, joint opening poses, and a floating sivasana. This approach is perfect for those who like a guided meditation approach that gives you time to tune in at a deep level”. The mind is rebalanced through powerful visualizations as it floats the body through a series of gentle gyro-kinetic motions, deeply opening the entire spine, hips, and connective tissues of the body.
This class can accomodate 8 people, 4 of which will have access to the aerial hammocks on a first come, first served basis. The overall class is a restorative practice whether in the hammocks or on a traditional mat.