Specialized classes beyond traditional yoga asana
Life hurts, and sometimes yoga isn't enough. The strain of injury, illness, aging, stress and just life's general worries can wear on the body and deeply burden the mind. We offer you many types of specialized classes to shore up your fraying edges when it seems like nothing else will help. Work physically with spinal therapeutics with a qualified teacher, use strength training to help prevent injury, bring alternative types of movement to the body, experience quieter practices like restorative, meditation and pranayama to soothe your overworked, overburdened mind, learn self-care massage, or try a class specific to aging gently with confidence and independence. Expecting different results without doing something new is a recipe for disappointment. Try something new.
Movement Forum: Fluidity with Monicka
Second and Fourth Fridays from 12-1:15pm until June (starting in June these move to only Third Fridays)
Explore a wide variety of approaches to strength including large whole body/whole space movements down to small, refined, isolated actions, and everything in between. This specialized class teaches curiosity, willingness to move differently, and the ability to skillfully engage your strong, fluid core in a variety of beautiful, functional movement-based approaches to strength.
You will cultivate your own physical strength and acuity while keeping a keen focus on bio-mechanical integrity. Monicka draws on her many years of experience as an athlete, dancer, bodyworker, and student/teacher of anatomy and kinesiology to provide a playful, well-rounded and grounded approach to strengthening the body. Come and check it out-- its an amazing compliment to the yoga you love! Open to everyone at any level of practice or interest.
Movement Forum: Body Braid/Yoga with Lisa Mae
Third Fridays 12-1:15pm until May, then June 9th these move to Second Fridays
(Come a little early so that we can get you into a Body Braid quickly and easily!)
The Body Braid provides a gentle hug and a continuous, uplifting reminder of your body's innate alignment. The Braid can be worn during any activity but is particularly awesome and helpful as a tool for yoga practice, as it can be used to assist yourself in postures, used by the teachers to help you, and to provide a steady reminder of your own body's amazing resilience. Wearing the Body Braid creates a gentle pressure on your skin, training the body in proprioception, and this pressure creates an amplified link between your movement and the stimulation of your sensory nerves. Putting on a Body Braid improves your coordination, posture, and kinesthetic awareness, and practicing yoga while wearing The Body Braid can inform your posture at a subconscious level of awareness, which means it can influence your movement and posture even when you aren't thinking about it.
Read more about the benefits here: http://bodybraid.com/pages/learn-more
These classes are for everyone, and will be adjusted according to the level of student. Part yoga class, part strengthening, part movement exploration, come with an open mind and a curiosity for exploring what your body can sense and feel in new ways. I promise they will be unlike anything you have practiced before!
Movement Forum: Somatic Self-care/Massage with Monicka
First Fridays, 12-1:15pm
To heed the demand for a class that focuses entirely on self-care and self- massage and relaxation techniques, we offer you this class as a part of our Friday Movement Forum. Self-massage is a powerful therapeutic tool which can help to reduce myofascial (muscular) tension while increasing range of motion, body awareness, and awareness of oneself in space. We will move slowly and gently toward a state of relaxation and balance, and all students are welcome. Monicka's unique background as a Licensed Massage Therapist and movement/bodywork nerd give her the best qualifications for this class. Try it!
Franklin Method-Inspired Yoga
with Ali Wesley
This fun hybrid class is challenging enough for the experienced practitioner while also being accessible for newer students. We will use flowing postures and sequences from the yoga you love, work with balance, stability and mobility in space and engage some deep connection with the breath through pranayama and chanting. Anything is possible in here: whether we are examining one specific anatomical action, delving into a Yoga Sutra or using creative props like balls/bands to improve our movement, each week we will practice getting stronger without tension and creating more flexibility without laxity. This is a totally unique class experience, and will leave you lighter, stronger, and more energized. Move better...feel better!
Strength Training with Monicka
This specialized class is an excellent companion to your yoga practice, focusing on cultivating strength, balance, and coordination while increasing movement awareness and efficiency. Through the use of body weight resistance, stretchy bands, blocks/chairs and creative isolated actions, we will work smarter to ensure that everyone can benefit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Get stronger, learn to move smarter!
Yoga & Aging Gently
Tuesdays from 2-3pm with Ruth and Diane
Is your natural aging process a little less graceful than you might like? Are you concerned about bone density, aches and pains, losing your balance and flexibility, or coping with the changes that come with gaining wisdom and age? Are you newer to physical movement, worn out, stressed out, afraid of not aging well, or unsure how to proceed in the body you currently inhabit? Are you feeling ready to integrate your amazing life experiences with mindfulness and acuity in good company?
Here is a yoga class designed for people that think perhaps a yoga class is not for them. Taught by mature teachers and surrounded by people your own age with similar concerns and issues, you will be gently guided toward greater mobility, self-care, independence, and wisdom in the safest of environments. Using a variety of tools and props to support movement, you will move with care and recognition of the body you have, enabling your own growth consciously in the midst of the aging process. Denying aging isn't good for anyone; embracing these changes together and learning how to confidently live and move with grace, awareness and ease will help you.
Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm with Danielle and Allie
These candlelit evening classes are wise medicine for the soul--a slow and mindful remembering of the body and its connection to the mind and heart. We explore the quieter, more restful aspects of yoga by integrating supported and reclining poses and a lot of attention to moving slowly, gently, and letting the body and the spirit fully and deeply rest. Throughout the practice, you are skillfully and compassionately guided toward greater self-acceptance and awareness as you enter a meditative state. You may also explore meditation, pranayama, and other forms of dynamic stillness in these important, medicinal classes.