Whole Family Yoga

 

 

Whole Family Yoga - Family yoga creates great opportunities for bonding time, learning together and teamwork. Classes have a variety of poses, songs and activities, that will fit some ages better than others, but there will be something for everyone, and families get to practice and learn together.

Parent & Me Yoga - These classes are family classes with a more narrow age range for the young people, so activities can be more focused on the development of that age group and the bonding time with parent or caregiver and child can also be more focused.

All family and young person yoga classes have a monthly theme that connects them, as well as core elements in each class, so young people can know what to expect from class to class. This helps them learn the basics of breathing and poses, and helps them feel more comfortable and confident in classes.


Yoga for Young People

Young People Yoga classes are filled with fun and discovery. We use play, including songs, crafts and games, to teach the mind-body balance of yoga, incorporating age-appropriate breathing techniques, mantras, mudras, and of course, yoga poses. Yoga helps young people with emotional regulation, physical development, self confidence, awareness of self and others, body respect and more.

Classes are broken out by age, so poses, activities and songs can be focused on those age groups. Young people can try out any class regardless of age to see the best fit for them. We realize that young people grow in different skills at different paces. For example, some will have better fine motor skills at a certain age than others, or some will have more social skills. Either way, young people love yoga! It's a chance for them to use their creativity, and the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga have been well studied for years and shown to be of significant benefit to young people.


Slow Flow Vinyasa

 

A slower place class with elements of vinyasa and Iyengar yoga. In the class you will work on some alignment, flow through poses,and take time to learn more about or simply focus more on certain poses. Props are used in creative ways throughout the class to assist in finding the right alignment for your body in different yoga poses. Great for beginners, those who wants a slower pace or those returning after injuries or other body (or life!) changes.

 

Body Positive Yoga

Body positive yoga is uniquely designed for women with larger bodies, and is open to anyone that wants to learn to love their bodies. We learn to listen and connect with our minds and bodies in class, and to take it outside the classroom as well. Being body positive is specifically about listening to rather than trying to fix our bodies, since with the current cultural norms, we are taught to change rather than accept our bodies, and we end up living "from the neck up." So in yoga, we listen, we learn, we grow, and we begin a journey of loving ourselves exactly as we are.

In this class we will:
-walk through a basic, yet creative yoga practice, with several levels offered for each pose, and often "workshop" poses to find ways they work for our bodies
-share laughter and dance (dancing is optional but super fun!)
-challenge ourselves to be radically compassionate with our bodies and our minds, and all the thoughts we have about how we're doing and if we're getting it right

This class is appropriate for brand new beginners, those who are intimidated by yoga studios, and those who have practiced before, and not so sure about trying again, as well as those who are not so sure what the whole body positivity thing is, but are willing to check it out.

 

Special Needs

This class focuses on young people ages 5-13 with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and other similar special needs. Yoga can improve behavior and focus, promote self-regulation, balance energetic systems, awareness and body control, strengthen connections to other people and to their environment, confidence and relaxation; empowering children to attain their highest and most joyous level of learning. Our class will embrace their uniqueness and support their strengths. Yoga is not dependent on language skills or cognitive abilities. Children may realize strengths they did not previously know. Care givers are welcome to attend at no additional charge to assist.


Restorative Yoga

(Not on the schedule at this time.) In restorative yoga, poses are held longer, with a wide variety of props to support those poses, so bodies can be comfortable to get the best, most relaxing stretch. Restorative yoga is great for revitalizing the body by increasing circulation to the muscles and organs and calming the nervous system through breathing exercises. Great for athletes, hikers, those who stand or sit in a chair all day, and physical laborers. It can also be helpful for those with injuries. Let your teacher know ahead of time if there are any injuries they should be aware of.

 

(Not on the schedule at this time.) Yoga nidra creates a relaxing environment for the mind and body. It's also been referred to as yogic sleep. Students will get a few great restorative poses in, then settle in for an expertly guided meditation that allows students to connect with thoughts and ideas that are harder to access in the busy moments of life. The benefits are feeling greater focus, calm and creativity throughout the week, and the practice is cumulative, allowing people to create more of what they want to see in their lives. It is the opening of intuition, which takes the mind beyond the conditioned personality with its tensions and complexes.

Similar meditations are also the source of the most creative scientific discoveries. Wolfgang von Goethe used the inspirations and intuitions from this state to solve problems arising in his work. In dreams occurring in this state, Kekule realized the circular molecular structure of benzene, Noble laureate Niels Bohr saw the planetary structure of the atom, and Einstein accelerated his awareness to the speed of light in the famous 'thought experiments' which led to the theory of relativity.

Yoga Nidra