Yoga for Stiff People
Yes this class is for YOU! No fancy yoga clothes required. Class is an hour long and we generally use two yoga blocks and a strap (although you can improvise). I try to offer many modifications during the practice so that you can adjust the class to what YOU need. This is not necessarily a gentle yoga practice, but we will focus on doing the same types of yoga poses each week so that you can get used to the practice and see results. We practice on the ground, on the knees (some people use extra padding for the knees) and we also do some standing postures. We work on balance, some fairly gentle strengthening poses and (for sure) we do a lot of stretching and deep breathing to get those stiff muscles relaxed! This class is for men and women and anyone who wants more movement in their lives! All are welcome!
Restorative yoga class is a very gentle class (we don't even get off of the ground). To get the most out of class, you will need a bolster (I suggest this one), two yoga blocks, a strap and a towel. Sound like too many items to collect just to do yoga? I promise you, you will become addicted to your yoga props, BUT in the meantime, you can improvise (using two firm pillows in place of the bolster), a belt or scarf in place of the strap, and fold up two towels to replace the yoga blocks. Are you exhausted yet? GREAT! Time for restorative yoga. Each restorative yoga posture is a supported stretch- for instance, we might start on the back with our legs over the bolster and our necks supported with a rolled up towel. We stay in each pose for about 2-5 minutes, breathing and relaxing so that the body has time to soften and settle. Some of the poses will feel like deeper stretches and others will simply feel like you are curling up with a pillow for a relaxing nap. Guaranteed you will feel restored after this class!
Yoga Vinyasa is a dynamic class incorporating traditional (and non-traditional) sun salutations as we flow through different yoga poses. There will be a period of warm up and cool down, some vigorous yoga in the middle, which will include down dog, warrior poses, chaturanga, up dog and down dog once again. I will, as always, offer modifications and you are always welcome to take breaks or make the class as slow or as hard as you need it to be. The classes will be designed to challenge you a bit so if you need the challenge that day- then please take it. If not, then please come to the class and pick and choose what is right for you. I generally take requests at the beginning of each class, so if you want to work on backbends, heart-openers, hips and hamstrings or core... please let me know. See you soon!
Gentle yoga is a slow yoga class focused on stretching, strengthening and balancing. We generally start with some standing positions (at times using a chair for support). Then we sit in the chair and do some stretches from a seated position. Finally we get on the floor for a few gentle movements. If you have trouble getting on the floor, we can work out a modified plan for you to stay in the chair or sit on a couch for the floor work.
Would you like some individual attention and guidance when it comes to building a yoga practice? To get the most out of your yoga practice, you might consider scheduling 1-3 private yoga sessions a week if it is in your budget. We can work on individual goals, take care of chronic pain and stiffness, create more body awareness, and work on both strengthening and stretching areas of the body that you feel need the most attention.
Private yoga classes can also be arranged for businesses and groups of people who want to make their own yoga schedule and practice yoga together. Email me today to set something up or to talk about the options! Currently I teach at retirement homes, schools and can adjust my class to suit any and all levels
Pranayama and Meditation Class
Most people have heard of the benefits of meditation, but do you know anything about pranayama? Pranayama is the practice of breathing in different ways in order to affect both physical and emotional changes. Prana means Life Force. Breathing is a tool we can use to energize, calm, center and focus ourselves. Practicing these pranayamas can also strengthen the lungs and help encourage healthy circulation. In this short class, I will teach you several pranayama (breathing exercises) and we will practice them together. We will then sit for a 15-20 minute meditation. Some days I will lead you through a guided meditation, and on other days you will have a mantra or a focus to practice using during your meditation. There is something about practicing meditation with others- it tends to help people feel more settled and grounded to practice together, as opposed to practicing alone in your home.