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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.

Zen Mind Meditation

Coming back to our breath and to each moment is the essence of all meditation practice. Sitting together in community and establishing a regular practice can lead to improved focus, clarity, and personal equanimity. Each session will include gentle instruction, spiritual readings, sitting in silence, walking meditation, mindfulness practice and Q & A. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome. Class is held the first and last Friday of every month. Taught by Nancy O’Hara.

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.

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.

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.

Intro to Meditation

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced meditator, you will enjoy this meditation class. The main intention in this hour is to create a strong energy within the group setting which will support your private practice. The class will include energy exercises, chakra breathing, chanting and meditation, creating a solid foundation to access sacred space. Taught by Suzanne Michelle Hill.

Mixed Levels

This mixed level yoga class will create heat using a thoughtful sequence of poses aimed at building strength and increasing flexibility. Students are welcome to start where they are, and over time, increase skill for more challenging poses.

Prana Flow

Utilizing the breath-PRANA-life force to guide our sadhana into fluidity, mudra, mantra, kriya, greater embodiment, inner meditation and movement meditation. Challenging and appropriate for all levels of yoga practitioners.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yoga for Beginners

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

Yoga for Structural Balance

Easeful uprightness and comfortable movement are innate in every human. Yoga can be a tool for restoring and cultivating healthy body alignment and natural, functional movement. In this class we will utilize Yoga asanas as (1) tools for studying our bodies’ tendencies and needs and (2) vehicles for creating balanced mobility, stability, resilience, and freedom. This nourishing class will incorporate study of body structure, basic biomechanics, traditional asanas with Iyengar Yoga sensibility, vinyasa flow, breath work and meditation, and playful movement improvisations. Taught by Ruthie Fraser.

Yoga Mix

Blending the grace and heat of Vinyasa with the alignment and detail of Iyengar, Yoga Mix is a laboratory for exploration of yoga, the body and the mind. In other words, the class moves, but we use props.

Yoga Series for Beginners

Our four-week series is designed for a new beginner or for those who wish to begin again, and is scheduled 2-3 times per year.
Bring an open mind and wear comfortable clothes – that’s all you’ll need.

Week 1 Stand & Sit Tall: Defining alignment from the ground up.
Week 2 Shoulders & Hip Openers: Stretch and strengthen the muscles of the upper body & release lower back tension by opening the hips and pelvic region.
Week 3 Unwind the Spine: Mobilize the back through twists and gentle backbends.
Week 4 Breath and Meditation: Practices to relax and restore the body.

Take all four classes and receive a 10% discount on a Sadhana class card.