Our classes include physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), chant and sound, philosophy, guided meditation and deep relaxation. The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the pace, intensity and style of each practice, but each class is as unique and inspiring as the teacher who leads it. Check out our Teachers page to learn about our individual approaches. Better yet, attend classes offered by different teachers and be open to new experiences!

If you have never tried Yoga we recommend that you attend a ‘Yoga Basics’ session to give you some familiarity with poses, breath and philosophy. Check our Workshops page to find out when the next session starts. Unless a class is labeled ‘preregistration required’ you are welcome to drop in on any of our classes regardless of your level of experience. We encourage you to do what is appropriate for your own body and to find your own practice. You will never be asked to move beyond what is safe for you, but keep your mind open and you might surprise yourself. Don’t worry about what you can’t do; find out what you CAN do!

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

YOGA BASICS

An introductory course taught in six week sessions, intro-ducing the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation tech-niques of yoga. Designed specifically for the new student or for those who would like a refresher. Pre-registration is required. A yoga mat is required (available for purchase $25-35).

Yoga Basics II is a continuation of Basics I. Students will continue to explore the principles, philosophy, movements, breathing and relaxation techniques of yoga. New students are also welcome to attend.

ADAPTIVE YOGA

This class is intended for those who desire to increase flexibility, improve posture, and soothe muscle or joint pain.  The focus is on gentle yoga, much of it done in a chair.  If you think you cannot do yoga this class is for you.

ASHTANGA INSPIRED VINYASA

A vigorous practice based on a sequence of dynamically linked asanas.

BALANCED FLOW

An attentive and rejuvenating practice to greet the morning sun on your Saturday morning. Beginning with the breath and a mindful approach we’ll engage our muscles with slow, focused, functional movements that evolve into a gentle heat-generating flow, finish up with longer held postures that target our fascia. This is a practice that balances peace, strength and mobility, plus serves as a brilliant way to set the tone for your weekend. ALL LEVELS WELCOME

BEGINNING / INTERMEDIATE YOGA

Beginning/Intermediate Yoga classes are informed by various yoga traditions. Taught slowly and methodically, these classes provide a friendly and meditative environment for students to develop flexibility and strength, and to deepen their awareness of body, mind and breath. Meditation practices may be included. These classes are appropriate for students of all ages, abilities and body-types.

COMING INTO YOUR CENTER - MULTI LEVEL YOGA

Coming Into Your Center is an individualized practice for all levels and body types offering students a personal experience that involves appropriate variations of the sequence of yoga postures. This class, being held during Pitta time of day, is designed to center, balance and give ease to the body and mind. As a result, tension and resistance will be released. Yoga and Ayurveda will be integrated into this practice as they are sister sciences. You will learn about the elements of Ayurveda, how they play out in the body and how to use your Yoga practice to bring them into balance.

FELDENKRAIS AND MOVEMENT AWARENESS

The Method at a glance: The verbally guided movement lessons might look like a yoga class when walking by, but with much smaller movements.

The Feldenkrais Method was designed to enhance you and what you do. So, no need to replace or quit anything to do this method. Until of course, it highlights something for you that might need replacing!

The Feldenkrais Method is about understanding Relationships and their overlapping points within our minds, bodies, in our relationships with other humans and our own life-cylces as a whole. Feldenkrais is a method that teaches where and how these relationships can all come together; in our sensations and not just our thoughts. The Feldenkrais Method is a skillful, yet subtle tool that can bring about lasting changes in one's life. Understanding that lasting change occurs over time with consistency.

Living in, or for, the 'a-ha' moments of life can be exhausting and anxiety prone. This method is a place. That place is you. Come and be guided through your sacred place. Who knows what you might discover!

Current Theme of the classes: Mapping Your Self Image
Remember what it was like to roll on the floor as a child?! What if you could bring that playful sensibility in contact with your adult intelligence? What qualities could that bring to your life? This is an invitation to build a bridge between your sensations and your everyday thinking. Learn where to begin.

You have the power to reprogram your brain and your life through conscious, intentional movements. Movement happens at every level or our existence; from our thoughts and mechanical functioning, to our decisions and posture. It is all connected! We will explore the Awareness Through Movement series that the creator of the Feldenkrais Method solidified much of his teaching practice through. It covers a large part of human movement possibility! Learn how you learn!

Empower yourself with the learning of how you process information physically and in to your daily-habitual movements and postures. This is an ongoing series, come as often as you can to map your wildly more dynamic, clear and playful self-image.

All levels are welcome.

FLOW AND REFRESH

Begin with a mindful flow sequence with emphasis on form and function for each asana. Improve your focus and attention with guided meditation, discover the impact of pranayama on your yoga practice, and realize how asana practice can influence your strength, stamina, balance, and energy.  Transition to relaxing poses to finish your practice leaving you feeling energized but refreshed.  Suitable for all levels. 

FLOW FOR ALL

Focuses on gaining strength and flexibility through precise instruction for proper alignment and posture. While moving through beginning & intermediate yoga poses, each class is designed to deepen our awareness of the body, mind, and breath.  Students are encouraged to tune in with their body and make use of any modification or prop with the help of the instructor.  This class is suitable for any level of practitioner.

FOUNDATIONS or YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

is perfect for beginners or for anyone wanting detailed, compassionate and light-hearted instruction in the foundation of yoga practice. Classes may include some flowing sequences, but the focus is on teaching the building blocks of practice – philosophy, skillful breath, basic postures, proper alignment, awareness and non-harming.

FREEDOM YOGA

Come delight, commune and experience how traditional yoga techniques bring about positive changes in how you look, feel and think while connecting you to the joy of being alive! Cultivate more clarity and inner freedom, increased strength and life force, plus a greater sense of peace and fulfillment via postures, breath and meditation.

FreedomYoga utilizes dynamic & static movements combined with breath helping to develop concentration and re-align postural misalignments, and re-pattern ways of being that don't serve you. Modifications for individual needs are offered and strongly encouraged. Students of all levels are welcome.

GENTLE FLOW

Allow a relaxed pace, an awareness of breath, and a variety of postures to enable a kind exploration of self. All levels are welcome, modification as well as extension will be offered, and use of props is encouraged. Make space for the softer side of your practice, feel rejuvenated and supported as you release the day.

HARMONIZING THE ENERGY BODY

Enjoy a gentle asana practice to harmonize the energy body. Moving prana into the deep connective tissues to nourish our muscles, joints and bones. Creating sukha (good space) to ease the whole body into deeper relaxation and awaken compassion toward the self.

In this class, we will explore the dynamic energies of the Ayurvedic doshas (Vata, Kapha, Pitta) and the subtle energy processing centers of the seven Chakras, which align from the base of the spine to the crown of the head to cultivate a joyful awareness of the mind-body connection. All levels welcome.

HATHA FLOW

Allow a relaxed pace, an awareness of breath, and a variety of postures to enable a kind exploration of self. All levels are welcome, modification as well as extension will be offered, and use of props is encouraged. Make space for the softer side of your practice, feel rejuvenated and supported as you release the day.

MEDITATION

This ongoing meditation group meets to support and encourage each other in our daily practice of meditation and the Eight Point Program developed by Sri Eknath Easwaran for spiritual fulllment. Each week will concentrate on one of the Eight Points and will include either readings from Sri Easwaran's many books or videotape excerpts of Sri Easwaran giving instruction on the practice of meditation and leading a spiritual life. The group will end each evening with 30 minutes of meditation.

Eknath Easwaran was Professor of English at the University of Nagpur, India, and an established writer when he came to the United States on the Fulbright exchange program in 1959. As founder and director of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, he taught the classics of world mysticism and the practice of meditation from 1960 though 1999.

For more information and free online instruction in meditation, go to bmcm.org.

Feel free to call Mary with any questions at 851-4408.

MELLOW FLOW

Mellow Flow is a gentle vinyasa yoga practice intended for students of all levels who prefer moving at a slower pace to experience the basic flow of linking postures to the breath.

The flow practice begins warming the body with variations of sun salutations, integrating safe and proper alignment.  Once the body is warmed, standing and balancing poses will be held to create strength, focus and refinement of alignment. Seated postures focus on increasing flexibility while quieting the mind, in preparation for relaxation. Arm balances and inversions may be included into some classes. Each class will end with brief pranayama breathing exercises and a short meditation. 

Modifications of postures will be instructed to allow for beginners, and those with individual needs, to comfortably participate. 

MINDFUL FLOW

is a practice of awareness and compassion toward the self. Flowing sequences of poses and detailed instruction on individual postures are both included, along with breath work, meditation and chant. These classes meditatively move the body and spine through their full range of motion, accentuating the importance of alignment using props and adjustments. Challenging poses such as inversions may be included but you are always encouraged to work at your own level on poses that will prepare you for the more advanced asanas.  This practice tends to move slower than vinyasa yoga.

MINDFULNESS, MOVEMENT & MEDITATION

This class combines movements from Yoga and Qi Gong to help calm the mind and nervous system in order to relieve stress that accumulates in the ups and downs of daily living. The additional emphasis on mindfulness, to be present in the moment with things as they are, leads to a more heartfelt and compassionate attitude towards ourselves and others. After a practice of moving into stillness we end with a short meditation period which is the original intention of the poses.

MINDFUL YOGA ESSENTIALS

Lee Ann will slowly guide you through yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation practices to help increase strength, flexibility and concentration. The goal is to cultivate mindful awareness in a well balanced yoga practice. “Mindfulness brings your life into your yoga practice instead of trying to fit your yoga practice into your life.”

All levels are welcome.

PRENATAL YOGA

Pregnancy is a beautiful and rewarding experience. For some women, between aches and pains, lower back pain, and foot swelling, pregnancy can also be a difficult time. Whether you are suffering or feeling great, Prenatal Yoga can have benefits galore!  Take the time to check in with your body and mind using your breath and slow, specific movements to target the problem areas, learn relaxation and mindfulness techniques and of course benefit from the power of community in preparation of your new little miracle.

In support of the next generation... All pregnant mama's to be and those supporting them are welcome to attend this "pregnancy appropriate" yoga class.

All levels are welcome.

Prenatal Yoga 6 classses/$91

QIGONG - DRAGON & TIGER

This seven week course will be an introduction to the Dragon & Tiger Qigong set. Dragon & Tiger is 1,500 year old powerful self healing exercise that has been practiced by millions of people for improved health, vitality and a general feeling of well being. The gentle movements of Dragon & Tiger can be practiced by almost anyone and can be adapted for people who are injured or unable to stand.

Dragon & Tiger Qigong can be exceptionally helpful with:
• Releasing stress and improving relaxation
• Unwinding tension especially in the back, neck and shoulders
• Increases circulation of blood and other body fluids
• Raising energy levels & improving immune function
• Better balance and physical coordination

All levels are welcome.

QIGONG for Anti-Aging and Longevity

Before the advent of modern medicine, cultures all over the world sought natural ways to live healthy, long lives in harmony with their surroundings. Qigong, developed thousands of years ago, is one of these treasures. Rooted in the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong seeks to enhance and lengthen life by increasing physical energy, calming the mind and transforming the emotions. In this class we will practice self-massage (like receiving a massage and acupuncture treatment in one!), acupressure facials, low-impact stretching, fluid opening of the joints and of course deep, mindful breathing. Everyone is welcome!

QIGONG GUIDED MOVING MEDITATION

Wind down your Thursday evening with relaxing Qigong movement and guided meditation. The foundation of this class will be to learn a moving meditation called 1000 Hands Buddha. It is a seated practice that uses the hands to move into a series of 13 different hand mudras each with their own intention. Because of their strong relationship with the brain, using the hands during meditation helps to calm and clear the overthinking mind more efficiently allowing room for the development of internal peace and stillness. This meditation is the perfect complement to your yoga practice! In this class we will also explore various forms of Qigong movement, breathing and self-massage. Everyone is welcome!

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice that involves the use of props (sometimes lots of props, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps or chairs) to allow the body to feel totally supported in the long holds of these gentle postures so it can relax and release to facilitate deep mental and visceral relaxation.

RISE & SHINE YOGA

Start your weekend awake and aware! Playful and flowing sequences that will uplift your mind and body and shine up your weekend. Basic postures with advanced options (for those interested), plus pranayama and a brief meditation. Rise & Shine Y'all.

STRENGTHEN, LENGTHEN & RESTORE

This well-balanced Yoga class offers students the opportunity to develop mindfulness through movement. Increasing strength and flexibility while bringing more awareness to a healthy posture allows for slow and steady growth. Options are offered to encourage a gentle to moderate pace, leading to greater opening throughout the mind and body. Restorative poses bring the class to a close with stillness and introspection. Yoga practitioners of any level are welcome.

TAI-CHI

Tai Chi is a form of slow moving standing exercise to build strength, and connection, in body and mind. Tai Chi for Health is suitable even for a complete novice. The Yang Long Form is a series of coordinated movements which is appropriate for anyone, no matter the experience or fitness level.

When practiced on a regular basis, tai chi can:
• Reduce Stress
• Increase flexibility
• Improve muscle strength
• Increase energy and stamina
• Increase feelings of well-being
• Improve balance and coordination

Watch for new beginning series to begin throughout the year. Due to the nature of teaching the connected movements, this is not a drop in class.

(ALL LEVELS) VINYASA

 This practice will help you strengthen your body, settle your mind, and feed your spirit. ‘All Levels VInyasa' is a multi-level asana class that includes pranayama (breath exercises), vinyasa (flow) practice, preparation for and in-depth exploration of challenging poses (including arm balances and inversions), seated meditation, and a healthy dose of Yoga philosophy. It provides a chance to expand your boundaries - both mental and physical - in a supported and safe environment, with a passionate, skilled, and experienced teacher. One of the definitions of Yoga is ‘to achieve what was previously unattainable’. The intention of the All Levels Vinyasa practice is to support your process in moving toward your personal goals.

YIN YOGA

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine through the stillness of long held postures. This quiet meditative style is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

While initially this style of yoga can seem passive, overly soft or not challenging enough, you will soon feel the deep mental and physical “stretch/release” Yin practice provides in the long held poses. After you have experienced a Yin practice, even just once, you will realize that without it, you are doing only half of the asana practice.

YIN & RESTORATIVE YOGA

Come practice the "Art of Relaxation." Slow down, unwind and release tension in this slow and deep practice designed to guide you through Yin Yoga Poses which are held longer to increase your sense of flexibility and openness, followed by Restorative Yoga poses with the comfort and support of props to reset the body and mind into a more relaxed and centered state of being. This practice is an antidote to your stressful daily life. All levels are welcome. No yoga experience is necessary.

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