GENTLE STRETCH / YOGA NIDRA
A gentle yoga practice linking movement with breath. We will begin with breath awareness and continue to bring awareness back to the breath throughout the practice. Some restorative poses may be incorporated. We will finish with a guided meditation during svasana called yoga nidra. Appropriate for complete beginners and those looking for a mind/body experience.
Moving to Heal with Nia
Use movement to feel better in your body. Combining dance and mindfulness, Nia is holistic fitness with benefits for body, mind and soul. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.
Nia FreeDance: An unstructured conscious dance experience, rediscover the joy of movement creativity. Come express, release, sweat and heal!
Qi” refers to vital energy or life force and “gong” means cultivation or practice. Qigong is a Chinese healing art using breath, movement, and visualization to circulate Qi energy helping to regulate health and wellbeing. Everyone can benefit from Qigong! All levels welcome.
Post-Natal Yoga is designed for women who have recently given birth (at least 6 weeks post-partum). This practice is about reclaiming the body after pregnancy and learning how to find a graceful balance between giving to others and receiving what is necessary and nourishing for you. Post-Natal Yoga focuses building strength and stamina while offering deep stretches, deep breathing, and deep relaxation.
Pre-Natal Yoga is a practice designed especially for all stages of pregnancy. These classes generally focus on soothing the discomforts that may accompany pregnancy while encouraging one to become fully present and fully connected within the body. Yogic breathing practices have been shown to be effective and useful during the labor and delivery process. A pre-natal yoga practice is an opportunity for the mother, or mother to be, to take time to nourish herself and her body during this special time.
Psychic Development, Breathwork, & Meditation
Develop your skills to nurture and support yourself in this fast-paced, demanding, ever-changing world through breath and awareness. Each class will begin with a brief discussion to field questions and concerns. The practice will serve to ground you and ensure your overall presence in life.
Restorative yoga offers gentle movements and postures that restore, relax, and rejuvenate one’s whole being. This practice often employs the use of blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps to give the extra support needed to completely let go. Restorative yoga is largely based off of an Iyengar practice which is focused on providing the support necessary to properly align the body to retrain cellular and muscular memory. It is a great practice for those new to yoga and is a great remedy for anxiety, degenerative conditions, depression, or structural issues
Vinyasa literally means linking breath with movement. This practice focuses on synchronizing inhales and exhales with the bodily movement from one asana, or posture, to another with poise, intention, and grace. Through a yoga practice, we explore what it means to ground the breath through Pranayama, or yogic breathing exercises, and how to utilize the breath to build a greater awareness of the body, mind, and spirit and the depth of their connection. Vinyasa yoga is an awareness practice that builds stamina, strength, balance, and flexibility, while focusing the mind and contributing to one’s overall health and wellness.
Yin yoga is a quiet, meditative practice that consists of passive postures held for up to five minutes to allow for a deep, meaningful stretch. Because this is a passive practice, the muscles have a chance to relax, hidden tension melts away, and we have the opportunity to stretch deeper with intention and with breath. Yin Yoga results in deep relaxation, a more balanced breath, more supple joints, greater ease of movement, and less limitation in the body. This practice invites all participants to slow down, breathe, and let go.
Yoga: Fundamentals & Philosophy
It is believed that the practice of Yoga originated in Northern India some 5000 years ago with the intention of preparing the body for the stillness required to mediate. In essence, Yoga was designed to pacify the nervous system and create physical strength & stamina to calm the mind and stabilize the emotions.
These ancient Yoga teachings are as relevant today as they were 5000 years ago in guiding us through our hectic & stressful modern-day lives.
In this class you will establish your own unique Yoga alignments and build an individual Yoga practice to take off the mat and into your daily life.
Learning to use the breath so that body & mind work in harmony, you will start to find stillness and begin to master the art of meditation.