Gentle: In this class we will include a number of warm-ups, followed with various postures, including standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, and inversions, where your head is lower than you heart (no headstands!). At the end of class, you may relax on your back, giving your body time to absorb your practice. Throughout the yoga class, you'll be instructed on how to incorporate the breath, as this is one of the most important aspects of yoga.
All Levels: Although this class is for all levels, some prior yoga experience is recommended. The class will start with gentle movements, then include Sun Salutation to heat the body prior to practicing a variety of poses (as mentioned above), including various inversions, such as shoulder-stands, headstands, and handstands. You will be guided through all the postures, modifying each pose as needed and only go as far as you would like to go.
Senior Class: Similar to the Gentle class, incorporating the breath as you move through your yoga postures, however, the poses will be held for a shorter duration and will be geared to a less flexible body.
Ashtanga: One of the first vinyasa/flow classes that emerged in the US in the early 1970's. It is a set sequence of poses, and it does include inversions such as shoulder stands and headstands. These poses are not typically part of the more recent Vinyasa classes that are now so popular. With that said, do not let inversions deter you from this classical style of yoga. You will be guided as you learn all the postures including the more challenging inversions. As always, you go where you feel comfortable. Ashtanga is a vigorous practice, prior experience recommended.
Reduce Back Pain with Yoga: The Upper Body: A gentle yoga class geared toward relieving pain by bringing alignment to the body. Through a series of repeated poses we will reduce headache, neck and jaw pain, stiffness and tension in the upper body and improve posture. This program can help participants with chronic pain issues. If you have more serious acute pain, please consult with your doctor.
Stress and Flex: A well rounded program designed to improve strength, flexibility and reduce stress with gentle to moderate postures suitable for those with or without yoga experience.
Let Your Yoga Dance: A dancing yoga fusion to awaken the bodies energy centers (the chakras). This program combines some traditional yoga with dancing, movement and fun! Good for every-body!
Mixed level beginner to advanced beginner class:
In the Fall session, we will learn and explore some of the music rhythms which make up middle eastern music including Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian rhythms. Each week we will work with a different rhythm and explore movement vocabulary and combos that work with or highlight that rhythm. We will continue to work with basic movements, some elements of layering movements, movement combos, and in some cases zill patterns (finger cymbals) to accompany the movements.
My classes are all levels. I combine ancient Yoga wisdom with modern exercise science, connecting breath to movement, working at your individual level, while moving your body through the poses. Blocks, straps, poles and use of the wall are all incorporated into my classes. These props/wall help to modify, align, and strengthen the body.