Class Description

ALL Levels Vinyasa

This class is for ALL students – from beginners to advanced yogis always offering modification options throughout the class to increase or decrease the intensity depending on each student’s ability. Vinyasa includes sequencing of poses together so that they flow from one to the next. Classes build heat, endurance, flexibility and strength. The creative sequencing found in a vinyasa class is often built around Surya Namaskar (sun salutations).  Alignment and guidance will help students find and appreciate the flexibility and ease of their own asana practice.

Slow Flow Yoga

Slow flow yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly through Sun and Moon Salute sequences, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. It’s a practice that builds strength and each movement is initiated by slow controlled inhales and exhales. Students are encouraged to lengthen and smooth out the inhale, the more the lungs stretch, the nervous system calms, the body begins to lengthen, and you can experience yoga.  This class with help you feel energized, create harmony, and balance while calming the mind and drawing your awareness inward. For ALL students – from beginners to advanced yogis always offering modification options throughout the class to increase or decrease the intensity depending on each student’s ability.

Relax & Unwind Evening Flow

Unwind and slow down with this evening flow. A perfect way to transition from active to quiet at the end of your day. Focusing on releasing tension and creating space throughout the body. An emphasis will be placed on the areas of the neck, shoulders and hips to facilitate restful sleep. Designed to increase circulation, improve mobility, and bring clarity to your mind. The movements are easy-to-follow and ideal for releasing stress from the day in the evenings. Open to ALL Levels.

Gentle Yoga

Great for beginners, students on the mend from injuries and anyone interested in a slower and gentler paced class to help stretch and relax. The class will combine breathing exercises (pranayama) and postures (asanas) to enhance flexibility, balance and calmness in the mind as well as body.  Modifications will be offered for all levels of students and physical conditions. A calming, stress-relieving yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body gradually. Students of ALL Levels are welcome.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra ( “yogic sleep”) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of (audio) instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different to meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light pratyahara with four of his senses internalised (withdrawn) and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi.

Yoga nidra, lucid sleep, is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only (or mainly) cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one’s actual environment.

The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. During long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props like bolsters, blankets and blocks are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very slow and gentle using dimmed lights and soft music making them an excellent antidote to stress and anyone recovering from any type of injury. Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life, calms the nervous system, deepens self and body awareness and moving you towards balance and healing.  The classes are offered  monthly on Sunday’s at the end of the month.  Registration is required.

 

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