February 17, 2015
“The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.”
Vinyasa yoga connects the breath with a flowing sequence of asanas (postures) to create a dynamic and rewarding practice. Basically vinyasa is a type of yoga class that includes:
The flow and moving meditation of a vinyasa practice empowers each student to explore their full potential while developing strength, flexibility, body awareness and an open, clear mind. A deep relaxation follows each practice.
This 2 hour workshop will introduce you to the basics of Vinyasa flow yoga, exploring alignment, breathing techniques, and relaxation. The workshop is geared towards those who are new to Vinyasa flow and want to feel comfortable going into the on-going classes. One week of unlimited yoga classes is included in the $30 program fee. The free week of classes is for the week immediately following the workshop only. Newbie Yoga is held the first Sat of each month. Register at the Front Desk or online.
Yoga foundation postures are linked to increase stability and flexibility in the body. The pace is relatively slow with an emphasis on alignment and modifications interspersed with rest postures. The goal is to develop greater body awareness and practice connecting movement with breath. Great for beginners and low energy days. This is everyday Namaste!
After grasping the foundations of steadiness and flowing with breath, the basic postures are expanded to include more challenging variations versus modifications. There is less detail to support a moderately steady pace or slightly longer holding times to explore the deeper concepts of yoga. Good for those feeling comfortable and confident with the basics. You’ll definitely feel it tomorrow!
This is a more rigorous flow for intermediate/advanced practitioners. A good sense of body awareness and knowledge of optional individual modifications to poses is strongly recommended. Expect to explore more arm balancing, inversions, binds and deeper back bends. Good for those with a rather strong, continuous yoga practice. Bring a towel and prepare to work to strengthen your whole body!
Work at your own pace, previous experience recommended.
All levels Vinyasa flow class at a reduced rate of $6.00 for all members of the community. We believe that providing yoga is a community service and offering this session is our expression of karma yoga. Enhance your current practice by adding one more day and reap the benefits spiritually, mentally and physically.
A vinyasa class in a heated room to allow for deeper stretching and cleansing
The ancient practice of yin yoga provides the perfect balance to your active (yang) flow yoga practice and your active life. An inwardly drawn practice that focuses on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation, yin yoga goes beneath the superficial muscles to target the joints and dense connective tissues of the body – often in the hips, pelvis, and low back – which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and range of motion as well as stagnant energy.
This deep practice is gentle, yet intense, helping students not only to open the body, but also to increase range of motion and stimulate energy flow. Emotionally, yin yoga enhances one’s ability to stay with our experience as it is, making it the perfect anti-aging class. All levels welcome.
The yin style of long-held passive poses open the body to more flexibility and energy flow while also encouraging a more contemplative non-reactive quality of mind. This combined with a more active, dynamic yang style of vinyasa flow will help strengthen and invigorate the body and mind. The class concludes with mediation and relaxation.
This class offers the benefits of Yin and Yang styles of yoga. The yin style of long-held passive poses open the body to more flexibility and energy flow while also encouraging a more contemplative non-reactive quality of mind. This combined with a more active, dynamic yang style of vinyasa flow will help strengthen and invigorate the body and mind. The class concludes with meditation and relaxation.
A yoga treat! This class offers the benefits of Yin and Yang style of yoga and closes with Yoga Nidra. Through a systematic process of relaxing the body and inducing a very deep state of subtle awareness, the practitioner has the opportunity to experience conscious deep sleep. Yoga Nidra is a powerful meditation technique that is appropriate for absolutely everybody.
What People Are Saying…
“Yin Yoga has become very important for my wellbeing. Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an incurable disease that can more or less destroy your joints. After starting taking powerful medications that are supposed to slow down the disease, I was disappointed how it was still progressing. I felt like my joints were ‘closing up’ and that they would eventually stop working.
One year into the treatment, my rheumatologist recommended physical therapy, pain management, and orthopedic specialists. I decided on a different lifestyle change, and started practicing yoga instead.
With the help of my caring and perceptive instructor, I discovered Yin Yoga. Even though I am a beginner, Yin has benefitted me in numerous ways. Not only has my range of motion increased, but also more importantly, my joints often feel completely normal. I believe that by holding uncomfortable poses for several minutes like we do in Yin, the joints and connective tissues benefit significantly from the increased blood flow that this stretching generates. I also feel stronger both physically and mentally, which leads to a better ability to deal with discomfort, stress, and pain. Now I have decreased the dosage of those strong medicines, and my rheumatologist calls the improvement in my condition “remarkable”.
– Henna (Age 47)
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