Adult Class Descriptions – Unplug & Be Mindful Yoga
Please note: Young adults/teens are always welcome to join an adult yoga class. We offer classes specifically designed for younger children, however I do not restrict anyone based on age to class (my 7 year old can make it through an entire gentle hatha flow class without anyone even knowing he is there.) I leave the decision up to the child, the parent/caregiver to decide what is best for them.
Adult Class Descriptions
What is Hatha yoga?
The word Hatha is comprised of two Sanskrit words (Ha and Tha). The Ha represents the moon (cooling Yin aspect) and corresponds to the Ida nadi (energetic pathway); Tha represents the sun (active Yan aspect) and the Pingala nadi. The goal of Hatha yoga is to unite these two energetic pathways so that the prana (life force) can flow freely through the main nadi (Sushumna) that runs along the spine.
How do we do this?
We use Hatha poses to connect to our breath and then our breath to our mind. This class is perfect for anyone who is looking for a deeper spiritual practice. Beginners are welcome.
If you are new to yoga, or coming back after an injury or long absence, this is the class for you. We will warm up with gentle stretching and breath work, explore both seated and standing asanas (poses), do some balancing, then wind down with more stretching and a final rest/meditation. Modifications will be offered to make poses accessible to students. There is no hurry or judgment in this class. You can’t go wrong with yoga. Come learn about this ancient practice of combining body, mind and soul and how it can make you stronger, physically and spiritually.
Stretch and Restore
A gentle stretching class with restorative yoga breaks. In this class we will use props and hands on assistance to find comfort in every posture on the mat. Breathing techniques will be used to deepen our stretches naturally using the rhythm of our breath to find release in the muscles. Meditation techniques will be offered in restorative postures allowing both the mind and body to rest.
Pilates Yoga Fusion
This class will consist of the core strengthening of Pilates with the flexibility and mindfulness of yoga. This class will be a ‘flow’ format making this combination a natural partnership. Modifications will be provided, making this class ALL LEVELS. For those of you unfamiliar with Pilates, simply stated, it’s focus is on lengthening and strengthening abdominals, low back, hips, and glutes (CORE muscles!), although it also engages and tones all muscles.
Yin- All Levels/Great for Athletes
In this practice, we will use Yin poses, held for 3-5 minutes each, to focus on connective tissue, ligaments, joints in a gentle Yin fashion. The main difference between this practice and a traditional Yan practice (think Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga) is that we are not trying to use muscle. This practice also allows the practitioner to just ‘be’ with oneself and all the sensations that arise in the physical, emotional and spiritual body. Learn how to use the breath to release tension in the body. Yin can also be called Meridian Yoga in that we apply pressure to meridian lines of the body, allowing Qi (chi) to flow.
Yin/Yan Fusion- All Levels
This class combines deep stretching and poses held for 3-5 minutes (yin) with flowing sequences, standing and balance poses (yan). Yin is a slower and cooler practice, but not necessarily an easier practice. Yin poses tap below the muscles and into the body’s connective tissues, increasing flexibility and allowing the mind to slow down and the body to be still. Yan poses and flows build heat in the body, bring focus to the mind and help to improve posture, balance, core strength, and stamina. Both practices complement each other. Modifications and props will be offered for beginners.
All Levels Vinyasa Flow
In this practice, we will focus on moving through the poses (asanas) fluidly in a wise progression. Expect to build some heat, increase flexibility and muscle strength.
Yoga Nidra (‘yoga sleep’) is an effortless practice where the student rests in savasana while guided through a 61 point meditation. The student remains fully conscious during the practice but will feel as if they have slept and awaken fully rested. Yoga Nidra can be practiced by anyone and at any time.
Yoga conditioning with Weights
In this practice we will focus on building strength using weights (always optional) to target specific muscle groups that will help prepare the student’s body for a traditional yoga practice. For example, building triceps strength will help the student prepare for chatarunga dandasana. We will stay true to yoga in that we will practice asana, pranayama and self discovery.
This class combines Yoga, Qi Gong and Meridian Flow. In this practice we will use the ancient wisdom of yoga, traditional Chinese medicine and other forms of moving energy through the body. Expect to build strength in the physical body as well as clearing blockages in the subtle energy body.
Barre at the Wall
In this class, Marcela Heffron, certified Barre, Yoga and Pilates instructor will focus on a combination of the three including using ballet moves, light weights for arm work and using the wall to tone those legs!
Yoga for the Anxious Child Ages 7 and Up with Parent/Caregiver
This class is for anxious children and their caregivers. If your child is like mine, then your child is more comfortable among other adults and YOU than in an all kids class. In this class the parent and child will be able to learn yoga and mindfulness tools together to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This class is offered on Saturdays at 2pm twice a month.