Yoga is a system of integrated practices which are designed to help ward off or slow the aging processes of the body, mind and spirit and to keep the physical and mental faculties strong. Yoga has five major components: Proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. The purpose of yoga is to develop each of these five components to have a healthy body and mind.
This class is for seniors and others that have physical limitations preventing them from being on the floor. The poses are modified for people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Chair yoga offers many of the same benefits as on the mat such as loosening tight and stiff joints, strengthening muscles, flexibility, balance and more. Some students that take this class may eventually progress to taking yoga on the mat. Taught by Bobbye Brown.
"This is a slow-paced class, structured to accommodate participants who have various health restrictions, but I have benefited tremendously from learning proper breathing techniques and body awareness of my own strengths and limitations. This has helped me to tap into my body’s natural healing abilities, which I believe we all have. And once learned, these simple techniques can be incorporated into our daily lives.
Although I am fortunate to be very healthy for my 76 years, I have mild scoliosis in my back and was experiencing the onset of arthritis, especially in my shoulders and hands. I now have no discomfort in my back and shoulders and have improved mobility...Even though the class is low intensity and relaxing, I always leave feeling energized and thankful for the opportunity." ~Joan
Alignment Flow Yoga - Explore how deep and integrated alignment in your asana practice can lead to greater strength, freedom and flexibility. Learn how to set yourself up for a sustainable and fulfilling yoga practice by getting the fundamentals down and working up from there. You may be surprised by what you are capable of! Expect to sweat, smile, and experience deeper strength and more inner space! Beginners welcome. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Stacy Lafley.
All Levels Yoga - In this evening class we will focus on de-stressing body and mind from the challenges of the day. Each class will begin with gentle warm-ups to release tension and prepare body for Vinyasa and deeper stretches. Then we will move into a strengthening flow of standing poses. Having burned off some energy, we will cool down with deep stretches. Finally we will finish with pranayama and savasana. This class will benefit absolute beginners and seasoned yoga practitioners alike. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Vlad Kasperovich and Cheryl Burnette.
Gentle Flow Yoga - This is a slower, more gentle class using breath work, asanas, and meditation to strengthen and align the body; relax and de-stress the mind. Sequences are led in a meditative manner, interspersing movement with holding postures to generate strength and heat which encourage the body to release deep-seated tension. For all levels. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Linny Curry.
Gentle, Mindful Yoga - Physical exercise and breathing are used to calm, focus and clear the mind. There is a stronger emphasis on breathing technique than many other types of yoga. Proper breathing can help you relax, focus your mind, and increase your energy level. Poses are adapted for individual needs and movement is integrated with the breath. This class is appropriate for beginning as well as experienced students. Limit: 8 students. Taught by Barbara Nardi.
Iyengar Yoga Level I - In this class, students will practice standing poses, seated poses, twists and basic inversions. Students will learn how to align their bodies and find a harmonic balance between stability and flexibility. Demonstrations are provided, verbal instructions are given, and props are used as appropriate to help students safely experience the postures. As the body aligns, the mind becomes calm yet alert, bringing a sense of peace and holistic wellness. Modifications will be made for those with basic injuries or conditions. Expect to be uplifted! All levels welcome. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Stephanie Foxman.
Mind/Body Yoga - This class is designed to work with anyone and everyone, but is especially intended for those who have experienced some trauma. When people are exposed to distressing events, their nervous systems can get stuck, creating a range of trauma-related symptoms, including anxiety and concentration problems. Yoga can help calm the autonomic nervous system response and bring it back to a healthy state of homeostasis.
In this class, students are encouraged to explore poses that feel right for their bodies while keeping the body safe and stable. This body-based approach encourages students to be curious and notice sensations in the body. Breath and meditation techniques will be offered for those who would like to give it a try. The student will hopefully leave each class feeling more empowered and more centered. Note: This class is facilitated by a certified yoga teacher, not by a clinically trained therapist. It is not yoga therapy or a substitute for therapy. Taught by Susan Hills.
Vinyasa Yoga - This class is a dynamic flow of breath-synchronized movements. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asanas. In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in an asana. The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides the practitioner with a calming, mental focal point, also creating internal heat, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. All levels welcome. Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Michael McCullers.
"Coming from a tradition of Taekwondo, Michael has crafted a [yoga] routine that is challenging. He frequently demonstrates proper execution of poses, and has a flexibility that is envious. Michael encourages developing your own strength to work into poses with minimal props. Michael lets your work at your own pace while encouraging you to reach your maximum potential. I have participated in Michael's class for the past 4 years. The practice has strengthened my bones and overall physique, reduced stress, eliminated pain, and provided a calming effect that leaves me energized. My overall health has drastically improved and this keeps me coming back." ~Melissa
Yin Yoga for All Levels - Yin Yoga targets and strengthens the joints and connective tissue and is suitable for all levels of students. We use gravity to deepen the stretch and hold poses for a longer period. This also allows time for the mind to relax more deeply. In addition, yin yoga helps to stimulate the flow of chi (energy) throughout the body. Taught by Cheryl Burnette.
Yoga "4U" - This moderate yoga class is designed “4U”, and affords the opportunity to focus on a relevant theme to enhance mindfulness and asana practice. The class begins with calming meditation and connecting with breath (pranayama); relaxing & renewing to journey into self-love and the asana practice to change your body. Although moderate in pace, this class is a strong vinyasa (flow) practice focusing on building strength, flexibility, stability, and balance, encouraging students to use props, as well as providing options that work best “4 Your Body.” Drop-ins welcome. You may use your class card for this class. Taught by Bobbye Brown.