Classes are beneficial for beginner exercisers and athletes. Practicing as much as possible will help to memorize techniques and retain the muscle memory between classes. You will also experience a significantly quicker change in the body and mind as you learn. Find out about other class opportunities by emailing or calling. Private classes are available upon request for 1-on-1 training and small group sessions.
Chair Yoga practices breath and posture techniques like in all other yoga classes. The exercise portion of class is done sitting in a chair and using the wall for support in gentle standing positions. At the end, you have the option to get to the floor for relaxation assisted with props or stay in the chair according to where you are most comfortable.
Learn specific alignment principles and traditional yoga positions in a regular floor class. Beginner friendly classes as long as you can get down to the floor. This class is more challenging than the chair/gentle class while still bringing attention to posture and breath. Please be able to get up and down from the floor easily and be willing to do poses on the floor supported by hands or knees. Please also be willing to lower down from the top of a push-up position to the floor. All classes end with a lying relaxation on the floor.
Establishing a Safe and Renewing Practice
People devoted to their personal yoga practice experience a “self-massage” and learn poses that can improve many troubled areas of the body without expensive doctor visits and physical therapy. Also with a regular yoga practice, one becomes more aware of his/her body. Posture, digestion, temperament, flexibility, and balance immensely improve. Yoga also reduces stress and blood pressure. Yoga is strictly meant to be a relaxing and cleansing experience. We will use our breath in order to listen to our bodies with a quiet mind. Everyone’s ability in each pose changes on a day-to-day basis. This exercise strictly is about how our body feels THAT DAY. Because your body changes daily, your practice will too. Come out of the pose immediately, but with control, if you’re uncomfortable in any way other than getting a NICE stretch. You should not endure pain, if your muscle is tensing or if you feel numbness, come out of the pose. This is NOT a competition. If you are in questionable health, get a doctor’s approval and discuss your situation with the instructor before you to take a class.
The Yogi Belly- The Yogi Breath
Please make sure you drink plenty of water! Your muscles will be less sore and heal faster if you’re adequately hydrated. When you finally experience thirst, you are already dehydrated. If you don’t love to drink water- start three days before class and stop 24 hours afterwards. Every breath that we take and all food (that’s not organic) that we eat, contains toxins that we ingest and without proper diet and exercise, these toxins stay in our body. Doing yoga, especially twists, ring these toxins out of our organs and muscles in order to, with enough water, remove them from our system. Our minerals will be washed out through our sweat so make sure you also drink enough water to restore your minerals. Remember, being sufficiently hydrated will cause your breath to become deeper and less strenuous in poses. This will help you to get the most out of your days in practice because your muscles will be harder to fatigue. It’s also a good idea to not eat a heavy meal or drink a lot of water less than two hours before the yoga class. Being too full could make you sick or make you tired from lack of a breath control, depending on the poses and food that you ate. That will not mix with any practice. On a regular day, the stomach should be half full of food, a quarter full of water, and a quarter left empty for breath control. Make sure you eat and drink even less for an upcoming yoga practice. Also, don’t eat until thirty minutes after yoga- thirst is often mistaken for hunger.