Class Descriptions

Meditation – These community events are open to the public. They are silent other than a few minutes of gentle music at the beginning and end of the meditation (i.e. these are not guided meditations). We start at 1:11 and finish at 1: 41. Participants are invited to sit in chairs, stand, sit on the floor or lay on yoga mats as they desire. Discussion is available afterwards for any who would like to ask questions or share their experiences. $5 donations are suggested but not necessary.

Gentle Yoga – In the early days, most people who came to gentle yoga were pregnant women and seniors with injuries. Now, almost everybody takes this form of yoga. Anybody who wants to be gentle with their body.

You stay in a pose long enough to enjoy how you feel. You might sweat in a few poses, but the feeling of bliss is constant. Gentle yoga increases flexibility and helps repair muscles that are in need of love. There is no hurry to finish a sequence. It’s all about relaxing and encouraging yourself to get in touch with your body.

Gentle yoga is free of competition and comparison. There is no frustration or agitation for not doing a pose ‘correctly’. The energy of the class is generally happy and calm.

Hypno-Yoga – Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon of the mind that increases openness to positive change.  Hypno-Yoga synthesizes Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga; along with meaningful imagery and suggestions for healthy transformation during the final, extended resting pose known as Savasana. The natural healing that occurs during this deep relaxation promotes at the minimum regeneration, youthfulness, joy and expansion.

Hypno-Yoga helps you familiarize yourself with the Alpha brainwave pattern where deep rejuvenation takes place and helps you integrate these rhythms into everyday life with more frequency. Twenty minutes in Savasana allows you to anchor it into the cellular memory of the body, and research has found ten minutes in Alpha can be more rejuvenating than one hour of conventional sleep.

Chair Yoga – Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is particularly beneficial for beginners that have not been active for some time and those with balance or mobility issues. Complicated maneuvers and strenuous movements are not typically done in a chair yoga class. However, Chair yoga is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Chair yoga classes are sometimes made available at rehab facilities, retirement and, senior fitness canters.

Clients can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. Participants are welcome to work on their mats or standing if they wish for certain poses or through the entire class.

 

Vinyasa – is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga. Classes frequently emphasize poses from the Sun Salutation.

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Yin Yoga is another style of gentle yoga designed to get deeper into the connective tissue level of your body
and become intimate with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions. Poses are typically held for a fairly long time compared to hatha or flow yoga, yet for a little shorter period of time than restorative yoga, (i.e. 1-5 minutes each. In Yin Yoga you are asked to relax in the posture and soften the muscles. It is a more meditative form of yoga with far fewer poses.

It is particularly suited to someone who may be working with injuries or may have poor balance but wants something more active than chair or restorative yoga.  The psychological self awareness fostered by Yin Yoga may foster benefits when processing addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain or trauma. Yin is a great compliment to all the physical demands we put on ourselves daily to find the balance we all need.