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Stress Busting Yoga

We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us. Stress affects our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

In Stress Busting Yoga, participants will learn and practice quieting the mind, calming the heart, and moving the body with stability and ease. Students will be given tools to reduce the stress in their lives, to cope with stress when it does arise, and to reduce the physical consequences of stress.
We will sing, breathe, and move. The class would be appropriate for all ages and levels of yoga experience.

Flow and Restore

There is a beautiful power in combining flow and restorative yoga. Mela Stevens is excited to share this process and will teach how to move energy with a vinyasa flow sequence followed by simple supported poses. Breathwork is coordinated with the use of props to facilitate opening and releasing the body for a heavenly experience.

Yoga for Beginners

Starting at the roots, Yoga for Beginners is a class that is geared for beginners and will stay geared for beginners.

Yin Yoga

Yin, or Taoist Yoga, focuses on the more Yin parts of the body which are the bones, ligaments and connective tissues, particularly those that make up and support our center core in the pelvis and low back. The postures are held for long periods, usually 5 minutes, with acceptance and ease, allowing deep release.

Vinyasa Basics

Vinyasa Basics is an open level class that aims to create ease while moving through postures in a vinyasa style. Modifications will be given to meet different abilities.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is based on the idea that mind, body and emotion are not separable. Consisting of 124 movements, it is performed in a slow, rhythmic, continuous motion which relaxes the body and helps promote blood circulation. It strengthens muscles and joints and while it develops concentration and awareness, it helps relieve fatigue, tension and stress.

Tai Chi is a complete physical exercise bringing stimulation and health to all parts of the body. It may be taken up by anyone regardless of gender, age or health.

Qigong

With roots in ancient Chinese culture, Qigong, or chi kung, is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health and meditation. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong/chi kung are thought to help reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.

Like a boat on the ebb and flow of the tide, Qigong/chi kung administers its soothing application of breathing and moving with no resistance. The principal of allowing the forward momentum of the wave while together receiving the returning undertow is the tantamount expression of each exercise performed.

Beyond Basics

Beyond Basics explores the breath, focuses on correct alignment and the fundamentals of yoga postures. This is a transformative class that will allow you to take the basics of Yoga and go slowly and safely to practice more challenging poses and sequences. Experience helpful, but all levels are welcome to this class.

Strong Vinyasa

Strong Vinyasa is a challenging class where one posture flows into the next, initiated by the breath. Instructions on alignment will be given along with variations of postures suggested for intermediate and/or advanced students.

All Levels

All Levels is a Hatha yoga class perfect for any level student; the pace will be adjusted accordingly.

Pranayama (breath and energy expansion) techniques, asana (postural), and meditation techniques will be blended to create a setting for deep introspection and awareness.

This class is ideal for learning stress relief methods, for balancing energy, and for overall health. A flow of postures and variations of Sun Salutations will be offered to warm and energize the body, moving from standing and balancing poses to seated poses, and ending with a supine meditation.

Basics

Basics is a welcoming class for beginners, with clear instruction and simple sequences. Those with more experience will be able to go deeper into their practice with guidance from the teacher.

Beginning Yoga

In Beginning Yoga, we’ll learn about yoga- its history and philosophy. We’ll move through the basic asanas (postures), we’ll meditate, and we’ll sing. This class will help you develop a self-awareness that will let your practice progress safely. Accessible for all ages and body types.

B.K.S. Iyengar said in his book, Light on Life, “Some describe the first gifts (of practicing yoga) as a new feeling of lightness, or calm, or joy.” Here is a little side trip you can take for yourself. Join us to begin the journey.