Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, is an ancient system of holistic healing that supports balance and harmony within the body and with the world around us. An Ayurvedic yoga practice aims to support physical health and balance the energies that flow through us as we are influenced by the seasons and changes in our environment and natural world. These classes will bring insight into the Ayurvedic healing system.
Help build bone density, increase overall strength, and improve balance, coordination and flexibility. Practitioners use light weights and sandbags during this bone-beneficial yoga practice. It is never too early to ensure healthy bones for your future!
Chair Yoga releases deep tension by exploring foundational postures in a new way. Using the chair to fully support the body assists in creating more space and length in postures and a deeper sense of relaxation. Chair Yoga is appropriate for all levels. It can enhance any practice, is well suited for beginners and is a great option for those with injuries or limited range of motion, including difficulty getting up or down unassisted.
Brings awareness to the distinctive qualities of each Chakra through teachings, moving meditation, and a flowing asana practice.
Explore the dynamic of yin and yang energies – of engagement and surrender. This class is a creative exploration of yoga postures that balance physical challenge with mindfulness. Classes reflect the energy of the day, the needs of those gathered, and may include meditation, slow, steady-stretching floor poses, strong standing movement, balance sequences, and flow with variations offered. Yoga experience is encouraged, as this can be a powerful physical exploration with a focus on refinement and precision.
Because the hips function as the center of gravity in the body, an imbalance in the hips is often felt throughout the entire body. Creating a balanced state of both mobility and stability in the hip joint and the surrounding muscles enhances healthy living, steadiness and optimum performance. This class is devoted to releasing tension in the hips by working deeply to stretch and strengthen the myriad muscle groups in and around the pelvis. Prior yoga experience is strongly recommended for this class.
Focuses on the meditative qualities of a yoga practice. Includes restorative breath work, mantra, and mindful movement to cultivate presence.
Gather in community to breathe, move, and connect with yourself, your baby, and other Expectant Mamas. This class provides moms the mind-body connection needed for a grounded childbirth experience. Prenatal Yoga offers strengthening, toning, and relaxation skills that enable awareness of a woman's innate ability. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Qigong (literally energy practice) is a system of healing developed in ancient China. The practice of gentle movements and meditations cleanses, fortifies, and circulates qi (life energy) throughout the physical and energetic body. Qigong can help reduce stress, enhance strength and vitality, foster mental tranquility, and offer harmony with nature.
Restorative Yoga uses blankets, bolsters and pillows to fully support the body in foundational yoga postures, without muscular exertion. Deep but passive, Restorative Yoga can enhance a vigorous practice, and is also well suited for beginners as well as those with injuries. This grounding practice soothes the nervous system and helps boost the immune system.
A Svaroopa-style class, Restorative for the Spine is based on core release and spinal decompression using precise alignments to open the body from the tailbone to the top of the spine. With the support of blankets, students are encouraged to relax into poses that release deep tension in and along the spine. Often this release quiets the mind, reduces pain, helps accelerate injury recovery and promotes better overall health. Restorative for the Spine is led by a certified Svaroopa yoga instructor. Please note, this class is not suitable for women pregnant in their first trimester or students with organ transplant on immunosuppressant medications.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art form practice in which specific sequences of mindful movements and breathing stimulate a state of concentrated calm. The aim of Tai Chi is to cultivate the qi or life energy to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Note that we also offer Beginner Tai Chi which is taught at the beginner level and is suitable for new students
Yin Yoga poses are performed seated or lying down using props and slow transitional movements that massage and lubricate the body’s sheath of connective tissue as well as the mind’s power of observation. Sustaining each pose for a period of time pairs intentional stillness with steady compression to signal a “rest and restore” mode for the central nervous system thus promoting digestion, muscle repair and organ detoxification.
Yoga Nidra is the science of deep rest and awakening to your true nature. This iRest® practice, offers restoration as it aids you in recognizing the underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst the changing circumstances of life. Students lie comfortably on a yoga mat with props and blankets for support while being guided through the meditative steps of Yoga Nidra. This practice helps to develop tools to work with physical, vital, emotional and psychological issues.
In this class yogis explore key yoga postures and breathing techniques while learning how to enhance and modify the practice to fit each individual body. Class emphasizes just plain feeling good, and special needs may be addressed.
Offered by visiting yoga teachers, Community Yoga classes vary in style and are followed by an optional 15-minute guided mediation. All proceeds go to the All That Matters Scholarship Fund.
Join Karen Seitler for a weekly one-hour community yoga class appropriate for all levels. Proceeds support local philanthropies including the All That Matters scholarship fund.