Gentle yoga– Iyengar yoga for people with significant physical constraints such as joint replacement, fractures, or limited movement in one or more joints. Also suitable for decreased energy due to disease process or chemotherapy, chronic pain, etc.
Level I – Iyengar Yoga- introduces beginning students and students new to the Iyengar approach to the fundamentals of posture and breath. Level I-II – for both new students and those who have completed Level I. Also ideal for those with previous yoga experience who are new to the Iyengar approach.
Level II – Iyengar Yoga - for students who have completed the introductory course in Iyengar yoga. The basic poses are refined with an emphasis on all the standing poses. Inverted poses (headstand, plow, and shoulderstand) are introduced.
Level II-III – Iyengar Yoga– for students with previous Iyengar training who are strong in standing poses and can do headstand, shoulderstand and plow with confidence. Please consult with the instructor before enrolling. Core and More: Yoga and Pilates are great partners. In this hour long lunch time express class, we will combine Yoga poses and Pilates mat work to focus on your abdominal, back, side, shoulder, and buttock muscles.
Yoga Basics – Iyengar Yoga introduces beginning students to the fundamentals of yoga postures and the mechanics of technique. Includes important elements that make yoga more than a physical fitness system. Also ideal for those with previous yoga experience who are new to the Iyengar method, or who are in search of a “refresher” course.
Sun Salutations – The original vinyasa (yoga posture flow). Special emphasis is placed on moving into and out of postures safely, correct alignment, using the breath, and learning to quiet the chatter of the mind to find peace and inner stillness. Explore the different variations of this time-honored practice.
Back Care Basics – A class designed for people who are experiencing tightness or discomfort in their hips, lower back, shoulders and neck due to muscular strain, injury, or weakness. The course introduces students to yoga tools and techniques for overcoming generalized low back pain and building a sturdy foundation for good low back health. In this series of classes you will learn:
- Ways to relieve muscle tension
- Safe poses to increase flexibility in your hips, back, shoulders, and neck
- Strengthening poses to provide necessary support to your spine and neck
- Poses to improve your posture and alignment
Relax and Renew – Restorative Yoga (Friday Community class) - Restorative Yoga is a practice for our harried lives. We live in a time of constant physical and emotional stress. Relaxation is the antidote to stress. Restorative Yoga can alleviate the effects of chronic stress by creating a state of deep relaxation. Using props like blankets and bolsters to support the body, restorative yoga poses calm the nervous system, soothe the mind, and engage the internal healing processes of the body. Restorative Yoga is a for anyone. No experience necessary. All you need is some comfortable clothing and a desire to release tension and stress. A great way to start your weekend.
Anusara Yoga – Come to the mat and explore the connection of mind, body and spirit while bringing greater stability and freedom to every asana. Based on the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment, classes provide an experience of bringing the body back to it’s optimal alignment while celebrating the spirit within. So start your day off right and experience the physical and mental benefits all day long!
Anusara 2 – will continue to build upon the understanding of the Universal Principles while deepening the physical practice of yoga by introducing more inversions, arm balances and deeper backbending postures.
Pilates – focuses on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It involves a series of controlled movements, based on yoga and dance, that engage both your body and mind. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength and flexibility. The outcome of Pilates training is a balanced body which is strong and supple, flat stomach, balanced legs, and a strong back.
Equestrian Yoga – An Equestrian requires strength, flexibility, alignment of posture, balance, a centered calmness, and a sense of union with one’s horse. Yoga seeks to integrate the body, the breath, the mind, the spirit. It develops the physical qualities necessary to ride gracefully with strength, awareness, and peace, such that you feel connection with your horse and universe of which we are all part. In this class we will work with issues unique to equestrians, to support them in their on-going practice of integrating horse and rider via Iyengar yoga.
Yoga for Athletes – Yoga is not just about flexibility to prevent injury; it’s about improving performance. We will take the time to work on techniques for more efficient stretching utilizing strength, while targeting areas of the body traditionally used in while training. Additionally, the class will cover breathing techniques for a faster recovery. This class is for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced.
Early Morning Runner’s Yoga – Join our early am yoga class for runners, hikers, bikers and walkers… anyone who engages in activities that impact flexibility. Most runners know that scheduled rest days are a necessary part of training. Rather than doing nothing, try a yoga class that is tailored by a runner to teach the best stretches for the running body, and will include the benefits of core strengtheners, upper body work, and relaxation techniques.
Iyengar Certified Instructor Elizabeth Hynes is a long time yoga practitioner whose love of yoga is matched only by her love of running.
Teen Yoga – Empowering teenagers to become more self-aware and confident. Students gain a sense of well-being while developing strength and flexibility through a rigorous, but seriously fun, asana practice.
Family Yoga – Parents and kids yoga time together. Play, jump, breathe, connect, have fun and relax. (offered Winter session only)