Acu-Yoga integrates two ancient healing systems: acupressure and yoga. Acupressure is an ancient technique that activates the body's self-healing abilities by touching or stretching to specific skin areas.
This class will teach you how to safely locate and stimulate acupressure points and meridians (energy pathways) to regulate the body's functions. We will explore the hidden benefits of asanas through the lens of Eastern medicine. You will also learn to use acupressure to self-heal common health issues such as headaches, allergies, and indigestion.
This class includes breathing methods, the foundation of acupressure points and meridians, self-massage techniques, and yoga asana practice.
Hatha is a classical form of practice where there is longer holding of yoga poses. Classes will include warm up exercises, sun salutations (a graceful series of poses performed as one fluid movement, coordinated with the breath), and postures to encourage flexibility, strength and balance, as well as relaxation. There will be a strong focus on alignment inspired by teachings from Iyengar Yoga.
You will explore basic poses more deeply, as well as practice intermediate and advanced poses. By repeating poses and staying in them longer, you have time to discover a deeper level of understanding of both basic and more refined levels of alignment: inner and outer, shape and direction, form and function. Being still in a pose will become effortless and joyful.
Beginner to advanced, moderate to vigorous intensity.
Students will be invited into yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student safety and stability within each pose.
This classical form of Hatha Yoga integrates the various components of traditional yoga - Asanas: physical postures and stretching; Pranayama: breathing techniques; Yoga Nidra: deep relaxation; and Dhyana: meditation. During the class, each student is encouraged to practice at his/her own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. This style of Yoga was developed by Swami Satchidananda of the Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham, VA and Integral Yoga Institute in NYC.
Beginner to intermediate levels, intensity varies from gentle to moderate.
All are welcome, complete beginners and Reiki practitioners alike. Drop-in or use your class card. Classes are held third Thursday a month.
In this class we will create an environment which is optimal for relaxation. Hence, we will learn to use props to support or body so it can completely let go and relax, the breath can settle and the mind can quiet down. The supported poses are held for a long time allowing our parasympathetic nervous system that provides “rest & digest” to become dominant. At the same time our body enjoys physical benefits, such as openings of the chest and pelvic area promoting better flow of our breath. We will further explore breath awareness to help the mind tune in and become aware of our inner space and as we progress and become more familiar with these exercises and our body, we can include some pranayama techniques.
This is an excellent class if you feel stressed, fatigued or perhaps mentally a little down due to Covid-19 that has affected our lives in so many unforeseen ways.
This class will slow down the more vigorous pace of a traditional vinyasa class. Suitable for all levels, we warm up the body to slowly increase flexibility and strength, transitioning from asana to asana with ease and grace. Some restoratiave poses may be practiced as well.
The breath is the focus of the practice. Emphasis is placed on synchronizing breath with movement, with the breath pacing the movement and setting its tempo.
All levels welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous. Each student is encouraged to practice at their own level of strength, flexibility and endurance. Yogis can embrace modifications for poses, as well as explore advanced options as needed.
A one-hour early morning yoga practice designed for yogins of all levels who want to get their yoga on, but have busy days ahead of them. Typically, the Sunrise Yoga practice starts with a few moments of seated breath work, followed by sun salutations to warm up the body and an ever-changing sequence of postures including standing poses, hip openers, shoulder openers, inversions, twists, forwardbends, and/or backbends.
You will leave Sunrise Yoga feeling relaxed yet energized and ready to start your busy day with a clear and quiet mind and a spring in your step, ready to face the challenges of the day with a positive outlook that will improve your productivity, efficiency and concentration.
All levels are welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.
Vinyasa Flow is a fluid yoga practice based on the Ashtanga system of yoga, focusing on the integration of body movements with the breath in a continuous flow.
Moving with the breath and mindful awareness through sun salutations and basic or more advanced postures, vinyasa is a dynamic practice emphasizing strength, flexibility and alignment.
Like a moving meditation, this class will help quiet the mind and leave you feeling calm, balanced and rejuvenated. All levels are welcome. Intensity level is moderate to vigorous.
Welcome to the other side of Yoga: Yin Yoga. While many types of yoga classes focus on strengthening our muscles (our yang tissues), Yin Yoga allows us to work on the other half, the deeper yin tissues of our ligaments, joints, fascia and bones. All of our tissues are important and need to be exercised so that we can achieve optimal health and vitality.
The many physical, energetic and mental/emotional benefits of Yin Yoga include: improves our range of motion and flexibility; makes our ligaments and bones thicker and stronger; improves lubrication of joints; reduces inflammation; reduces osteopenia and osteoporosis; awakens and balances prana, our life force; slows the whirling thoughts of the mind; stimulates and awakens the kundalini energy; stimulates the production and flow of chi and jing energies; nourishes the organs through acupressure through the stimulation of the meridian lines; reduces fight or flight response; activates rest and digest response; and improves immune system to name just a few.
Each class will be built around a particular theme, (examples could include a part of the body, a chakra, or yogic philosophy), will include 6-10 poses or asanas, and end with a meditation. Yin asanas are held from 3-5 minutes each (examples of Yin poses that are similar to other yoga poses are pigeon, sphinx, straddle, etc).
*Please note that Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. If the tissues you are targeting for your exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself time to heal before resuming your regular practice.
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