HOT YOGA 26/2
As the title indicates this class is in a heated room, 105 degrees to be exact. It is an appropriate class for beginners to more advanced practitioners. It is a holistic practice, sequencing postures to bring attention to the muscles, ligaments, bones, fascia, internal organs, circulation, lymphatic system, endocrine system, nervous system, skin and breath! Many people who begin a yoga practice may not believe they are strong or flexible enough, or cannot relax and meditate, this is exactly why you would take up this particular practice. The heat offers more supple muscles to aid in flexibility, and the repetition of the same 26 postures builds strength and focus, helping the mind to settle and find inner peace. Book ending the practice with breathing exercises prepares the body and mind for the final Savasana!
Kripalu Flow class begins with centering, to release daily worries and find presence. Attention turns to the breath to focus the mind and benefit from the flow of prana, or energy. Through verbal description and physical demonstration, students are guided in movements with breath that awaken and warm the body. As the body warms, postures become more in-depth and modifications are offered. During each class emphasis is placed on alignment, safety and stability in each pose. Additionally, authentic, heartfelt and humorous insights are offered into the deeper understanding of the yogic practice and how it can affect the mind, body and spirit simultaneously. Each class ends with a savasana, a deep relaxation, where students rest comfortably and find inner quiet.
YOGA FOR CANCER or Y4C
This class is for anyone who has been touched by cancer, whether you are in the midst of treatment, in recession or a caregiver. It is a science based approach to offer breathing exercises, relief to side effects, and a boost to the immune system, through a yoga practice specifically designed to support anyone who is confronted with cancer.
The class is 60 minutes, includes work with the breath, lymphatic massage, and modified postures to build bone and muscle strength. Special considerations are made for surgeries, treatments and side effects. The class is designed to relieve anxiety, boost the immune system, increase mobility, and generally build a community of healing.
Imagine a flowing silk elevating your yoga practice by offering support and grace to the postures. Aerial yoga is both playful, and restorative. It can be as energetic or calming as you wish! With the support of the silks we explore known postures and our ability to trust and try new things! It brings out our inner child and may help us push through fears and barriers we didn’t even know we had. It offers new perspectives and elements of our yoga practice through the dance we have with the silk. Come fly and play or take a restorative class low to the ground where the silks give you a warm inviting embrace! All levels are offered
VINYASA - HATHA
Vinyasa is the movement of the body through asanas or postures paired with the breath. It invigorates the body, and offers movements our daily lives rarely incorporate. With the intention on the breath leading the flow of the class the postures may vary from class to class, focusing on particular areas of the body and the creativity of the teacher. One day the focus is for hip openers, another day the focus is on detoxifying with spine twists, other times it may offer inversions to feed the brain with fresh oxygen. Come and discover the playful practice of a Vinyasa Flow class.
Vinyasa yoga with Qigong: We begin our class together in an easeful manner rolling softly into a full body flow using Qigong, a longevity practice that brings a fluidity of motion into sequences of a meditative Vinyasa style Yoga. As we connect our breath to graceful movements, we will increase strength, flexibility and peace of mind.
YOGA FOR KIDS
Oct. 5 - Nov. 9
6 week series
4pm - 5pm
$90/series (with class card)
Have you ever wondered why yoga postures are often named after animals? In part, this was to offer children who think in pictures, a way to learn and enjoy yoga. In India where yoga originated, children are introduced to yoga at a very young age.
Most children love to move! In this class we will go on a guided journey that is playful and educational. The children will encounter different animals and structures learning the shapes of postures along the way! Included will be balancing games, partner yoga, and fun breathing exercise all through the flow of play!
Robin Gucker a long time veteran teacher of Kindergarten and Movement and Games will be the guide for this class. Her goal is to offer opportunities for children to organize their bodies in space, calm their nervous system, playfully engage with their peers, and most importantly have FUN doing Yoga!
SLOW FLOW AND RELEASE
We begin with centering and grounding in this combination Yin Yang class. We then slowly flow to warm up the body and build strength while connecting our breath with movement.
Moving to the floor for our gooey yin practice, we find stillness in each pose, holding the poses for 2-5 minutes each with the support of props, softening our muscles to allow us to reach the deepest layers of our body. Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues, ligaments, and joints of the body while helping us find a place of peace and quiet within ourselves.
Recommended props: two blocks, a blanket, and a bolster.
NEW MOON AND FULL MOON FLOW
We'll turn our practice into ritual in moon cycle inspired classes. Breath work and movements will tap into the cyclical influence of the moon on our lives, honoring alternating moments for rest, intention setting, action, and reflection.
These classes will be vinyasa flow style, where both traditional and alternative poses and movements are incorporated to create a well-rounded experience for our bodies, and compliment the movements of our daily lives. Safety and the use of intuition are encouraged throughout your physical practice, but technical asana performance will be secondary to intention in our flow.
SUNSET SUP YOGA
July & August only
Learn to balance and do postures all aboard a SUP!
Evenings are beautiful on Augur Lake. Come to learn yoga postures, paddling and balance on a SUP board. $35 with board rental, $25 with your own board. Bring a picnic for after class and enjoy the lake. If inclement weather ensues class will go on indoors for $20.
Starting July 11
Join us for a meditation experience with Gretchen Mills.
This short, introductory workshop will consist of 3 types of meditation, walking, mindfulness and mantra. Each type of meditation will be introduced and practiced together. Meditation practices support the mind in focusing and quieting, allowing each of us to open up to the present moment, and the magic of the summer!
With Nanak Dev.
Nanak Dev imbues his classes with a gentle, intuitive, and precise approach, offering his knowledge, encouragement, experience, and depth. Nanak Dev is also a gifted musician, Kirtan Wallah, and Sacred Song carrier, which he enjoys incorporating into his classes. Nanak Dev’s classes feature an expanded form of Kundalini Yoga, combining breath work, postures, sacred sounds, and rhythm and resonance.