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 an accessible class specific to aging gently with confidence and independence. Expecting different results without doing something new is a recipe for disappointment. Try something new. Our yoga center is equipped for folks that utilize mobility devices, and we have an accessible entrance as well as an ADA-approved restroom.
Somatic Movement and Self-massage
Now weekly, Mondays from 12;1:15pm with Monicka
This class is a hybrid of the previously offered "Fluidity" and "Somatic Self-Care/Massage" offerings. Expect fluid rolling, pouring, sliding, and gliding movements based in a developmental somatic approach to healthy movement, coupled with time on the massage balls for external input to the body's tissues. The breath is always a focus of this class as the underlying impetus to movement and stillness, as well as interoceptive (inner body awareness) meditations on the physical and energetic bodily structures and systems. We will move both off and on the yoga mat in a way that supports and enhances your yoga asana practice and daily life functions. 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.
Franklin Method-Inspired Yoga and Movement
Wednesdays 10-11:15am with Ali Wesley
This fun hybrid class is challenging enough for the experienced practitioner while also being accessible for newer students. Anything is possible in here: whether we are examining one specific anatomical action or delving into a yogic concept, you will learn more about you in many different areas of awareness. Using creative props like stretchy bands, we spend time with smart, dance-like movement as well as fascial release via rolling on different types of therapy balls. 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!
Mondays 10-11:15am, Thursdays 4-5pm (just $7!) and now every Friday, Noon-1pm with Monicka and Britt
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, sandbags, blocks/chairs and creative isolated actions, we will work smarter to ensure that everyone can benefit. Always includes some time on the therapy balls and some myofascial self-massage. A pleasantly challenging yet grounding class, it supports your yoga practice, daily life functionality and general mobility and health. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Get stronger, learn to move smarter!
Yoga and Core Stability
Tuesdays 12-1:15pm with Shana (starts Tuesday, July 3rd!)
This specialized class will focus on bringing awareness and strength during movement; you'll teach your body (and specifically your core) to be reflexive, responsive, supportive, functional and strong so that you will have increased capacity, decreased pain, and more stability in your everyday life. This class is ideal for those that need support in their lower back, pelvis and sacrum due to pain and instability. It is also ideal for those that need help rebuilding strength in their core and pelvic floor, such as after the birth of a child, in cases of prolapse syndromes, and in diastasis recti. We will play with how the core is the center of your whole body, and how it is all connected. All levels and gender identities welcomed.
Accessible Yoga & Aging Gently
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15pm with Ruth and Michael
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? Are you recovering from an illness or injury, or are you someone that uses a mobility device?
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 and also 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 and/or recovery 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. This class, the teachers and this space are equipped to assist folks that utilize mobility devices.
Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm with Danielle and Kate
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, singing bowl accompaniment, and other forms of dynamic stillness and somatic therapy in these vital, medicinal classes designed to reset the over-stressed nervous system.