A yin yoga practice is a slower, deeper practice affecting the connective tissues of the body. The psychological and emotional benefits of a Yin Practice are enormously healing for the entire wellbeing of the practitioner. The long holds in a single still Yin posture becomes a time of inner reflection, meditation and peace. “The nervous system is calmed, the mind stilled, and in this state the body returns to its natural healthy rhythm.”
Yin yoga is a slow, passive practice in which postures (asanas) are held for long periods of time, often 3-5 minutes or more. Students are encouraged to relax their muscles and practice stillness, which over time stretch and strengthen deep connective tissues. Attention to deep, diaphragmatic breathing with an awareness of physical sensations makes Yin a calming, meditative practice, ideal for anyone looking to slow down, reduce stress, or find a peaceful counterbalance to an active lifestyle.
Relax, Revitalize, and Renew! Whether you’re new to yoga or have been the confused person in the back of the class trying to follow along, this is the class for you. Sally breaks down a typical yoga class and walks you through step-by-step instructions for Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, and the fundamental thread of breath work. Learning proper alignment and breathing is essential when starting a yoga practice. The purpose of this class is to give you a strong foundation and basic understanding to build upon in other yoga classes and at home. In a relaxed atmosphere with other beginners and under the guidance of 40 year veteran yoga practitioner, you will be free to ask questions and have fun exploring movement in a new way that feels good!
This yoga class is designed for those looking to learn, or return, to the foundations of yoga. Postures, (asanas), alignment, breathing (pranayama) and technique will all be focused on. Vinyasa yoga classes offer a flow between poses likened at times to a dynamic dance, a practice where postures or asanas are connected through the breath for a transformative and balancing whole body effect. We will weave together wisdom teachings, some meditation and prayer that can inspire physical, energetic, mental, intuitive and elevated states in your consciousness. Yoga has a hidden power to heal the body in profound and lasting ways. Yoga asanas can open the heart, intimate connections are inspired in a class environment within yourself and others.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This method involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures- a process producing intense internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The benefits are far reaching and include increased strength, flexibility, balance, and ease of movement as well as mental calm and reduced stress.
Ashtanga Mysore: The term “Mysore” refers to the way Ashtanga was taught by yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, India. In the Mysore class, each student is encouraged to memorize the sequence and develop a daily personal practice. This is a unique program where each student is taught individually. He or she is given a one-on-one lesson within the group setting. Students begin and end as their practice dictates anytime during the 2 hour time period.
Join me in the practice of the 4th limb of Ashtanga Yoga – Pranayama. Through traditional breath exercises you can calm the mind, balance energy, heighten concentration and awaken the conscious nature. In both restorative and seated postures, practice breath control, extension and retention, directing inhalation and deepening exhalation. All Levels welcome. No prior experience required.
China has a long history of traditional Tai Chi, it not only has a unique effect on physical health, healing and sickness, it has self-defense aspects and effect on personality, accomplishment, and personal behavior. By abdominal breathing and opening/closing the retractable stature, your blood will run smooth, promoting blood circulation, ensuring a good metabolism, maintaining coordination, and balancing the body. Tai Chi can also help prevent bone, joint, and ligament aging. This class will not follow the donation-based model of the yoga classes, but is $15/ class.
This will be the most complete yoga class you have ever taken. 25 minutes of asana, 25 minutes of Pranayama, 25 minutes of meditation, taught with the traditional intention of yoga; to prepare the body and mind for deep, transformational meditation. Generously offered by donation for the next three Wednesdays and instructed with great knowledge and care.
This intermediate level yoga class is structured for generally healthy and physically capable beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike. With a specific emphasis on meditative breathing, mental discipline, and a commitment to awareness of the present condition of the body and state of mind, this spiritually grounded practice offers a purposeful exploration of stillness, stretching, twisting, movement, strength-building, balance, and relaxation. Guiding the participants through the postures and movement, the instructor offers modifications allowing for physical limitations, as well as deeper and more challenging options for those who wish to safely explore enhanced flexibility, greater range of motion, and more physically demanding effort. Participants are invited to imagine and create their own individual practice within the structured and shared group experience.
A creative Vinyasa style class starting slow(holding poses for 2-5 breaths), gradually progressing to a faster pace, and ending in a Yin style cool down. With options ranging from beginner to advanced poses, this class can be as challenging as you want to make it while still accessible to all levels. An optional meditation is offered 15 minutes before class. Get your mind and body ready for the weekend!
This Saturday (not so early) morning class will help you to move away from the busy and fast pace of your life and to receive the abundant benefits of yoga. Starting with slow paced warm-ups, you will move fluidly through the traditional yoga postures that are designed to open the body smoothly and progressively. You will gradually move to dynamic postures but they are not too challenging. By the end of the class, you will feel de-stressed and energized.
A gentle exploration of movement and breath ideal for people of all levels aimed to make space in the body where there once wasn’t any. This practice is a wonderful aid in a meditation practice, as it invites you to explore the sensations of your body, thus building your awareness. SAY is a series of movement inquiries designed to restore the body’s healing functions and relieve tension through the stimulation of the nervous system’s relaxation response.
mindfulness= A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
We are a fellowship of individuals that come together to practice meditation and discuss teachings which are rooted in the philosophy of Buddhism, in order to improve our lives. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religous backgrounds. We wish to create and sustain a community of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from all walks of life. We believe that the path of freedom is attainable by all and should be available to all. There are no dues or fees, as we are self supporting by our own contributions. The only requirements are an open mind and an intention to practice meditation and mindfullness techniques. We strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice.