Class Descriptions — Yoga Styles
Body Balance Yoga Therapy
Body Balance Yoga expresses the healing aspects of eternal wisdom. In a Body Balance Yoga class, not only will you explore the timeless teachings, but you will also leap into present day wellness and medical research. Each class is taught with awareness, acceptance and adaptation. Sound, mudra, pranayama, visualization and meditation are used at the discretion of each teacher to help every student express the essence of the human spirit. Poses are creatively adapted to serve every student’s potential and journey into their own embodiment. The healing aspects of Yoga are emphasized in every class and the teachings complement the current developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Chair Yoga is truly beneficial for anyone with an injury or who has difficulty getting down to the floor and back up again. This unique class offers students the great support of a chair along with the creative use of other props. Nearly every pose that can be done standing, sitting or lying down on a mat can be adapted for use with a chair.
This class introduces fundamental principles of alignment and breath work in a flow of postures linked together by the breath, emphasizing Sun Salutations and other creative flows. If you have hesitated to try yoga due to stiffness or other reasons, this is the class for you! The classes are appropriately paced for both beginning and continuing students. The emphasis is on learning the postures and linking them together in the body, mind and spirit.
Learn safe yoga poses and techniques modified for pregnancy. This class will prepare you for childbirth and motherhood with gentle, safe yoga for moms to-be. These classes are tailored to your individual needs as well as your stage of pregnancy and is designed to help you with concentration and endurance in labor and delivery. Classes taught by Melinda Frisch, Certified Pranakriya™ Prenatal Teacher.
Restorative Yoga (All Levels)
Restorative Yoga consists of therapeutic and supportive poses done at the wall or on the floor in supine positions and with many props - allowing the body to open and relax easily and naturally. Designed to recharge our energy reserves, reduce stress and bring our nervous systems into a more balanced state, Restorative Yoga is an important part of any yoga practice. Classes can also be Active Restorative Classes involving moving meditations.
Yoga For Core Stability (Experienced Level I and above)
This specialized class focuses on developing awareness, flexibility and strength in the core body through asana, various abdominal exercises and breath work. This is a sophisticated class that requires discipline and awareness. Attention to subtle aspects of the core stability muscles are explored.
Yoga for Special Conditions and Injuries
Since 1994, Jenny Otto has taught the area’s first Yoga Therapy Class for Special Conditions and Injuries. This highly specialized class is designed for those who have physical conditions (i.e. serious spinal problems, arthritis, heart problems, chronic and acute injuries, prosthetic limbs, etc.) and also for those who may need more individualized attention. This class will move at a slower pace to optimize the potential for healing and improvement. All poses will be carefully modified for each student's needs and abilities. (Due to the specialized nature of this course, drop-ins are not accepted and this class may not be used as a make-up.)
Yoga Nidra (All Levels)
Yoga Nidra, or 'Yogic Sleep', involves releasing tension and reducing stress through pranayama or breath work and guided meditation to induce deep relaxation and rest while students are reclined in a supportive and restorative posture.
Yoga Therapy heals and restores balance — physically, emotionally, spiritually — by restoring our natural capacity for self-healing. Yoga Therapy addresses our health on all levels with asana, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation techniques. Yoga Therapy classes are helpful with a wide variety of physical conditions and the healing aspects of Yoga are emphasized in every class.