Vinyasa & Morning Flow
Vinyasa yoga means breath-synchronized flowing movement. You basically flow through positions incorporating the movements along with your breath. The idea is to warm your body up through a series of Sun Salutations and then hold the postures that follow for the duration of the class for 5 deep breaths and then transition directly into the following posture. This helps build focus, concentration, physical endurance and stamina. The end result is a relaxed body and a more quiet mind.
A strong core means a supported spine and less stress on the lower back. In this lesson the focus of every movement will be with its connection to your core muscle groups. When muscle groups work together and are no longer isolated the strain on the joints is limited. This class is hard!
Gentle Flow & Meditation
Slow but steady! Work strong but at a gentler pace in a lighter version of a Vinyasa yoga lesson. Experience meditation in asana, maintaining each position steadily and comfortably. Take your time as you get to know your body through your practice, beginning and ending in meditation.
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs.
Hatha yoga is a slower form of yoga. That doesn't necessarily mean it's easier, you just spend more time in postures focusing on form and breath. Unlike vinyasa where you move directly into the next posture, in hatha yoga you take small breaks between each one. Pranayama, breathing exercises, and a short meditation are also generally added to the practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a form of vinyasa yoga that originates in Mysore, India. It's a strong flowing practice that follows a specific sequence of asanas. The idea is to familiarise yourself with the sequence to make it easier to develop a self practice. The effect of cultivating a self practice is much stronger than following group lessons. The goal of these classes is to get you moving on your mat on your own, with a little bit of help of course.
Yin yoga is a series of positions that take place on the floor so that all of your muscles can stay relaxed. The emphasis is on long-held passive stretches of the deeper connective tissues. Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthens the joints, ligaments and deep facial networks. It is a perfect addition to all sorts of active (yang) yoga. It stimulates the meridians and organs too and prepares the mind for meditation.
Yin Yang Flow
Yin Yang Flow is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa yoga. The class begins with a gentle Yin to warm you up for a brief Vinyasa then ends with a deeper Yin to bring you back down.
Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxation technique for the mind, body and soul. It is a guided relaxation which can provide you with a good foundation from which you can build a meditation practice. It prepares the mind for deeper states of meditation and the body for deeper states of relaxation. The benefits of Yoga Nidra are numerous, it relaxes the mind and minimizes tensions; muscular, emotional and mental. Studies have shown that a 30 minute Yoga Nidra session is equivalent to 3 – 4 hours of sleep.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
Yoga at an early age sculpts young minds and bodies giving tools that will enhance and support children to be balanced, creative and calm individuals with a strong sense of who they are in relation to the world. It encourages self esteem, concentration and body awareness plus the ability to steer your way smoothly through life’s challenges. Physically, yoga enhances coordination, it has a powerful effect on brain development, and brings heightened focus. Kidding Around Yoga is a unique children’s yoga organization with a line of original songs, games and stories to use in kid’s yoga classes.
Pilates exercises are very much directed toward developing core strength and efficient movement habits that translate into your daily life. The focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out.
Every Sunday evening we offer a free guided meditation class with one of your favorite teachers. Come enjoy a half hour or peace as you are led through different meditation techniques and breathing exercises to help you calm the mind and bring your focus back inward where it belongs.
Private yoga and pilates lessons are also available. Whether you are just getting started and want to learn the basics before jumping into a group lesson or you just prefer a one to one approach, private lessons are designed with your own personal needs and goals in mind. You can contact Jason for more details.