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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.

Class Descriptions:

Align with Ease Yoga - In this alignment-based gentle yoga class, all are welcome. If you are new to yoga, this is a great place to start! If you are a regular yoga practitioner who enjoys a safe, non-competitive class, then come join us! Each class will be unique. We may slowly flow through the sun salutations. We may mix in some restorative poses. Maybe we will experiment with some meditation or breathing practices. No matter what, you will enjoy a slow-paced, well-supported practice that offers many options. Taught by Susan Hills.

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.

Gentle Somatic Yoga - This class is “4 All Bodies” and focuses on gentle yoga postures combined with somatic movements to calm the mind, tune the body, and encourages students to find comfort and ease to live better in their bodies. The somatic movements provide slow and steady exploration of foundational postures with emphasis on coordinating breath with movement. This helps to release tension, increase mobility and create new brain pathways. Taught by Bobbye Brown.

Multi-Level Yoga Class

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.

Mindfulness Yoga - This class includes influences from Mindfulness Meditation, Anusara Yoga, Yin Yoga and Pilates. It focuses on lengthening the backbone and spine, opening the hips and heart and strengthening the core and upper body. The class is practiced as a moving mindfulness meditation guided by breathwork, emotional attunement and present moment awareness. Students will learn to access and participate in the dynamic process of aligning mentally and physically in asanas that support building strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and stability. Taught by Amy Scully.

Strengthening & Restorative Yoga - We will begin with warm-up movements, preparing for holding postures and building strength. The end of class will include restorative postures followed by savasana. This class will leave you relaxed and recharged. Taught by Elizabeth Bryant.

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.

Hatha Yoga

Yoga + Chair - This chair yoga class is designed for Everyone and has all the benefits of a regular yoga practice without the challenges of getting down onto a mat. The class beings with a short meditation then moves through a refreshing breath-centered Hatha yoga practice. It’s an effective and gentle way to have better flexibility, strengthen bones & the immune system, tone muscles, provide joint lubrication and reduce stiffness, and improve balance and mental alertness. These classes are a GREAT entry point for students OF ALL AGES AND BODY TYPES to gain an understanding of the movements and language of yoga. Taught by Bobbye Brown.

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"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

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.

Yoga Foundations - This class is for You if you’re ready to begin yoga or revisit the principles of poses and flow. Explore the elements of the poses as you are guided through the practice. The sequences are designed for beginner to intermediate students and those desiring to practice at a slower pace to build strength, confidence and overcome obstacles. This class is a blend of focusing breath with movement, seated, standing, and balance poses and vinyasa (flow) yoga. Yoga Foundations can be the ultimate practice and is a perfect way to prepare the mind+body+heart to build strength, energy and balance at your practice level. Taught by Bobbye Brown.

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