Open Level Yoga
One of the many wonderful things about Open Level Yoga is that students of varied abilities can practice safely and creatively together. This class offers newer and more advanced students who are comfortable with a floor practice the opportunity to go their edge in poses and sequences. With an emphasis on safe alignment, skillful action, and connection to the breath, students are encouraged to explore a variety of options in poses and sequences, but are reminded not to “push” when they feel they have reached their edge, and/or their energy is depleted. Alternating between flowing movement and holding poses for longer, we come away feeling renewed and refreshed.
Gentle Yoga nurtures students who are either new to yoga or students of any level who seek a more peaceful, quiet practice. Weaving in meditation and breath work, we move slowly and mindfully to strengthen and tone the muscles, create greater flexibility in the joints and work on improving our balance. The expectation for this class is that you are able to sit cross legged on the floor comfortably, and that you can move from downward facing dog into plank at least 2-3 times per class.
Chair/Gentle Yoga with Hand Weights
This class is appropriate for all ages, but is particularly wonderful for those who are 65+ or recovering from a hip, leg or foot injury. In the the first part of the class, we warm up with side stretches and twists while seated on the chair or on the floor. In the second part of class, we practice a variety of standing poses, improving our strength, mobility and balance. Before winding down, we work with hand weights (anywhere from 2 – 7 pounds are appropriate) to maintain and build strength in the upper body. Finally, we come back to either the chair or the floor for a variety of hip openers, twists, gentle inversions, or other restorative poses until we finally rest in savasana. You will be surprised by how genuine your yoga practice feels while doing yoga in a chair!
Yoga for Athletes
Most athletes don’t stretch enough before or after their practice or activity, resulting in bulky muscles, limited mobility, and possible injury. This class is designed to safely stretch the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and can be tailored for specific sports or teams. Athletes love the way they feel and move after committing to this class for several weeks.
Yoga Privates or Semi-Privates
There is no substitute for a private yoga class in which the teacher can interact with you directly and tailor the class to your needs. I would love to work with you to design an individual practice that addresses your strengths and injuries, your movement style, your needs.