STUDIO CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Descriptions will guide you to the class that best suits your needs. All classes teach to all levels of students unless otherwise stated. When in doubt, give us a call and we will be happy to help you choose the best class for you.
Not all classes are on schedule at all times. Private instruction also available for beginners, private groups and seasoned students who want instruction in more challenging poses.
Meditative Yoga for Physical and Mental Agility
This class includes several guided 10 to 15 minute periods of meditation and yoga breathing practices tailored to connect you with “your happy place” and to teach you how to stay there more and more. Gentle and restorative yoga exercises are interspersed to bring vitality and to honor the body’s need for movement. This class joyfully strengthens and transforms your brain, nervous system and muscles and uplifts your spirit improving the health of all of these parts of you. The only prerequisite is that you are able to move from floor to standing and vice versa. All levels are invited to join us! (Back to Top)
Suitable for all levels, this class provides an opportunity to “come home” to your body, breath, and soul. Taught as a vinyasa style class, postures and sequencing are designed to establish connection, integration, and grounding within; allowing for an optimal calming of the mind and energizing of the body. (Back to Top)
Yoga Therapy and the Brain
Did you know that being “stressed out” or chronically ill may be the result of habitual patterns your brain has made? Did you know that you have the ability to rewire your brain? “Neurons that fire together wire together.” Guided by the new science of neuroplasticity and the ancient wisdom of the yoga teachings, Karen will help you transform your body and mind through the use of yoga postures, breathing, chanting, self inquiry, visualization, and laughter.(Back to Top)
In this class we will use a unique blend of safe movements, gentle stretches, breath work and meditation based on the ancient arts and practices of Hatha Yoga. These therapeutic Yoga techniques help alleviate physical pain, improve mobility, recuperation of the internal organs, the nervous system and consciousness. This gentle, breath centered class is good for everyone looking to counteract the effects of stress, soothe the mind and bring the focus inward. No prior experience necessary. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
First timer? Intimidated by yoga? Not very flexible… yet? If you’ve never done yoga before, start at the “beginning.” Start where you are and ease into stretching, strengthening and uniting your body, mind and soul. This class introduces the yogi to the basic poses of yoga and breathing techniques using classical Patanjali teachings to improve mobility, energy and relaxation. Ease past your pain, stress and lack of flexibility one gentle movement at a time. Slower paced for beginners, those with limitations or lower fitness levels. Appropriate for pregnancy.
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Yoga for Everyone
Increase and renew your energy by blending movement and breath. All movement and stretches are modified for the individual. Oriented to support and align the inner and outer body, release layers of stress and balance body and emotions. Main focuses are basic yoga poses, alignment, breath, centering, concentration, de-stressing, relaxation. Designed for beginners, seniors, recovering, menopausal, or overworked mom’s or dad’s who need TLC yoga. For all who can move from floor to standing and back. (Back to Top))
The perfect blending of two complimentary styles of yoga. Flow links the breath with a series of movements, uniting body, breath and mind. Moderate-length holds help you build strength, flexibility, and awareness. This class is accessible to students of all levels, and suitable for beginners who can move from floor to standing. Also a wonderful opportunity for seasoned yogis to continue refining their skills. (Back to Top)
Combining the different schools of yoga, we will move gently and purposefully through our practice as we learn to connect with our personal breathing pace. Using our props, we will adjust each exercise to fit our body’s needs for that moment. (Back to Top)
Introduce your mind to your body. Coordinating breath with movement to strengthen and stretch the body standing, seated and lying. Hands-on modifications and props used to explore alignment, depth and range in poses. Introduction of breathing practices to focus the mind and deeply relax the body. Good for all levels, best for beginners who can move from floor to standing.
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A slow flow class linking breath with a series of movements, uniting body, breath and mind, helping you build strength, flexibility and awareness. This class is accessible for students of all levels. Good for all levels, best for beginners who can move from floor to standing. No prior experience necessary. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
Ease into Yoga
Ease into the week with a bit of everything yogic to music and with some healthy authentic dialogue. We begin to center, stretch, & build some heat! Seated, reclining and standing poses sequenced to flow slowly and gracefully together to achieve gentle strength. No long holds. Balance poses, twists and simple inversions like legs up the wall and shoulder stands encouraged before ending in a 10 minute savasana, perhaps with some chanting , singing or ringing designed to clear the mind and leave the heaviness of life on the floor..... At least 6mos. of yoga recommended for this class and an intermediate fitness level. (Back to Top)
Singing is optional as we flow Vinyasa-style to vibrant rhythms, sweating off the week and strengthening our weekend energy! Designed to release your mind and let the spirit flow. A great opportunity to learn how to balance your breath with basic yoga poses and movements. Not for the beginner, but come if you dare! Our class rocks! Come and get your weekend groove on! At least 6mos. of yoga recommended for this class and an intermediate fitness level. (Back to Top)
(advanced registration requested, drop-ins possible if space permitting)
Yoga for Health
Join this complete yoga practice including pranayama and meditation. In addition to helping with muscle tone, strength and flexibility, yoga helps ease anxiety, improve balance and concentration, reduce stress, hypertension, increase body awareness, relief from symptoms of fatigue, menopause, depression etc. Find inner peace and improve overall health. Bring a mat, towel & your positive energy. (Back to Top)
Yoga for Power
This is a class where you explore your own strength, endurance, flexibility and power. With pranayam, asanas and dhyana, this is a spiritual journey where you are aware of your inner shakthi (power) and how you align yourself with the cosmic energy forces and life. You will notice that each practice transforms you.(Back to Top)
OTHER YOGA CLASSES
Yoga for Kids
Designed for Kids age 6 and over. Introduce your children to yoga and watch them blossom. Yoga is a holistic approach to healthy living. Hatha Yoga helps with the union of mind-body-spirit through a balanced practice, knowledge and observance of the values of yoga leading to character building. The integration of these practices produce feelings of bliss, inner-peace, well-being, and self esteem. Additionally, children learn how to center and focus their mind and improve their body awareness and balance.
A great quote from a yoga instructor/practitioner: "I wish I had found this when I was 8 instead of 30. How different my life would have been..." (Back to Top)
Are you looking for some one-on-one, personalized attention or want to focus on a particular part of your practice? Perhaps you’ve never taken a yoga class and prefer some guidance and knowledge of basics before diving into a group class setting. A private class allows you to concentrate specifically on your needs and allows you to go at your own pace with the careful attention from the teacher. Privates are set up according to yours and the teachers availability. (Back to Top)
Private Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. (IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists)
Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for a variety of ailments including back problems, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, stress syndrome, and other chronic conditions.
The yoga tradition views humans as a multidimensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath; and mind, intellect, and emotions and their mutual interaction. While the Yoga Therapy approach is holistic in nature, treatment is applied in one-on-one sessions and highly individualized depending on the needs of the client.
The elements that distinguish Yoga Therapy from other Yoga practices are:
- Focus on specific condition(s) with consideration for the individual’s circumstances and nature of the client.
- Assessment of the client’s specific therapeutic needs and concerns based on an initial, detailed intake session.
- Development of a Yoga Therapy intervention based on the assessment of the client during the intake session. Adjustments are made based on the client’s progress.
Using a variety of Yoga tools including postures, breathing techniques, meditation, visualization, and a disciplined life-style, the Yoga Therapy intervention and evolving practice will increase physical, mental and emotional self-awareness to help the client reduce symptoms and change the relationship to their condition and progress toward health and wellbeing. (Back to Top)
DONATION BASED CLASSES
iRest® Yoga Nidra
iRest® Yoga Nidra is a proven-effective meditation practice for deep relaxation that provides you with tools to help you relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency, improve your interpersonal relationships and provide you with greater mastery and control in your life. It is suitable for all abilities. Meditation is approximately 30 minutes long with time left at the end for discussion or to ask questions. No prior experience necessary. All levels are welcome. This is a donation based class. Minimum suggested donation is $5. Drop-in credits may be used for this class. (Back to Top)
Belly Dance Technique
This class is great for beginners who have never stepped into a dance studio as well as advanced dancers who would like to "polish" their dance posturing and increase their level of gracefulness. We will break down a few basic movements and progressively link them together with some simple foot-work with an emphasis on seamless transitions. Please bring water, dance shoes optional. All levels welcome. (Back to Top)
Belly Dance Fitness
Increase your coordination, strength and flexibility through the beautiful and mesmerizing art of belly dance! By drilling basic isolations, simple-foot work and small dance combinations, we will get your heart rate up, increase your energy level and release mood enhancing endorphins! Please bring water; dance shoes are optional. All levels welcome. (Back to Top)
Integrated Belly Dance
We will warmup with a combination of simple Pilates and Ballet exercises to improve our core strength, flexibility and coordination. Depending on the needs of the attendees, we will review belly dance technique and style before we transition into our belly dance flow. Our class focus is on wellness and community. (Back to Top)
Tribal Belly Dance - Basics
Tribal Belly Dance is presented with more of a folkloric feel than other classical styles, and is usually presented as a group improvisation. Using cues and signals as many tribal cultures did to lead the dancers though a set movements. Being a modern modality it incorporates many cultures including Middle Eastern, African, Indians, Polynesian as well as European and American influences. This class will focus on learning the vocabulary of movements used in Tribal Belly dance. We will also focus on drilling exercises to help build and improve belly dance technique and movements. All levels are welcome. (Back to Top)
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workshop
In this class we will cover extra fun elements that are involved with the art of Bellydance. We rotate though a variety of topics like floor work, veil work, zils (finger cymbals), swords and balancing, hip hop fusion, Turkish Roma (Gypsy) fusion, Indian Fusion and Temple Poses. Contact Instructor for topic schedule. Previous dance experience recommended. (Back to Top)