For each interest or ability level, teachers present specific poses, breathing techniques, and concepts appropriate to that level. Not sure which class is right for you? Email us and we'll help you out: [email protected]
Refine poses learned in ‘Yoga Basics.’ In this class, we begin to link poses and start to incorporate Sun Salutations. You'll learn additional standing, seated and supine poses that develop balance, increase flexibility in the hips and hamstrings, and poses that build strength in the upper body and core.
A dynamic class that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility, and preparing the body for a deeper practice. Increase flexibility in the hips, back, and hamstrings while strengthening the abdomen, back, and upper body through standing poses, balancing poses, forward bends, back bends, revolved poses, and hip-openers. Focuses on precision of movement to maximize the benefits of poses. Modify poses as flexibility increases and hold poses longer to build strength as the session progresses. Arm balances and inversions (headstand, shoulder stand, and handstand) are introduced with step-by-step instruction. Explore breathing techniques.
Build strength and stamina by flowing from pose to pose in this moderately-paced class. Emphasis is on sun salutations, maintaining steady yogic breathing, standing poses, seated poses, and twists. In this fun, flowing class poses are linked together in sequences that focusing on pairing breathing with movement to stretch the body while releasing tension and clearing the mind. Poses may be held between flow sequences to build strength.
Yoga for Strength
Offered at an Intermediate level, this class combines traditional yoga poses & breathing techniques with functional movements designed to build strength in your whole body. Emphasis is placed on training your muscles to work together to prepare them for daily tasks, sports, or work. Each class is designed to build strength in areas that lead to improved stability, balance, and focus. Students are offered a variety of modifications in order to challenge themselves, at their level, with the guidance of the teacher. Some yoga experience is helpful!
This slower, more meditative style of yoga focuses on developing greater self-awareness, balance, strength, flexibility, and ease using adapted, modified postures. Through body and breath awareness practices, students develop skills for injury prevention, greater resilience, improved mood, stamina, and overall health. The use of props including blankets, blocks, chairs and bolsters makes postures accessible and safe for people with various physical challenges and chronic conditions. The Relaxation Response or rest and digest mode, requires training which this class provides. This class is appropriate for students of all ages and ability levels, and may be especially beneficial for students with physical health challenges, depression and anxiety, seniors, and those recovering from minor injuries.
In this slow-paced class standing, supine and seated poses are done with the support of blankets, blocks, chairs, and other props. Emphasizes strengthening and improving flexibility, developing body awareness, and learning to move with proper alignment and support of props. This class may be appropriate for seniors, anyone recovering from minor injuries, and for those with chronic physical conditions. Beginners welcome!
Yoga for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects 55,000 Americans. It weakens bones and increases the risk for serious fractures of the spine and hips. Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall developed a yoga practice, accessible to everybody, that has been shown to improve bone density in 80% of their study participants. In this class you will learn important information about osteopenia and osteoporosis, the 18-20 poses that were chosen specifically to strengthen and increase bone density and modifications of the poses to keep you safe. Forward folding and Sun Salutations will be avoided in this class. Each student will move through the three levels of poses to reach their fullest potential. Props are available as needed. In this class you will strongly engage your muscles and use oppositional force to encourage the bones to improve their density. Missy will help you to move safely through the varying levels of the poses to help you reach your highest form.
Yoga for Addiction Recovery
This donation-based class provides a powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of the 12-step programs. Open to anyone dealing with addictive thoughts or behaviors in their lives or those affected by the addictive behavior of a loved one. Class starts with a reading from appropriate literature, sharing our experiences (voluntarily) and then taking it to the mat for a guided yoga practice and meditation. No registration necessary.
2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
Meditation & Mindfulness
The offering expands upon the practice of mindfulness meditation and gives an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, cultivating wisdom and deepening compassion towards yourself and others. Instruction is given in a secular, non-religious manner and are suitable for all levels of experience. Each class begins with a guided meditation, then instruction, opportunities for practice (sitting, walking or body scan) and closes with a discussion/question & answer period. This class is free to attend.
Yoga with Weights
Yoga with Weights is a fun and innovative way to add weight-bearing exercise to your yoga routine! By adding light 2-5 lb weights to your practice, this class will help you improve muscle mass, bone density, and even cardiovascular fitness. Vicki will guide you step-by-step and offer variations that you can do! Please bring your own small weights or soup cans.
Yoga for Resilience
Yoga for Resilience is about cultivating your own capacity to return to center after facing difficulty or challenge. This class incorporates dynamic, somatic movement, breath work, and guided meditation to create a safe and supportive space that promotes emotional regulation. Students are encouraged to explore the poses to whatever extent they feel comfortable, learning to approach each posture and sensation with curiosity, in an effort to honor individual emotional and physical needs. Multiple variations for each pose will be offered for all levels and abilities, as will options for a more active or more restorative practice. This class will be adapted to all levels and abilities.
This class is oriented toward new and experienced students who are interested in a more moderately paced practice. In this class, we review the fundamentals of basic standing, seated and supine poses with attention to precision of movement and body alignment. We begin the exploration yogic breathing and linking breath with movement. With regular practice, expect to build strength and flexibility in the entire body. Variations and modifications are offered so that students may experience poses in a way that caters to them personally.
Yin yoga is characterized by longer held, fully supported (mostly) seated and supine poses. The intent is to find that moment where you just begin to feel a tug (or stretch) and then soften into the pose for 3-5 minutes, or more. Among the myriad of effects are more resilient connective tissue, enhanced hydration & circulation in the tissues, restored normal range of motion, and a sense of peace and well-being.