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 we promise there will be something for everyone, and families have fun doing it all together.
Parent & Me Yoga - We have more partner poses in these classes, so either having an even number of people or being willing to partner up with others in the class helps. The age ranges are also more narrow for a more focused range of activities for certain ages.
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
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. It is not a strict requirement that only those ages attend - 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. We understand every young person is different. Either way, young people love yoga! It's a chance for them to use their creativity, and there is no other physical movement activity that has the sheer variety of movement that yoga does.
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.
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.
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.
Yin-yasa for Anxiety
Yinyasa for Anxiety is focused on releasing stress and anxiety through grounding, pranayama & mindful movement. Recovering from and relieving anxiety is a journey. Anxiety can come from past trauma or daily struggles, and affects many of us at all different levels. This specialty class is available to anyone recovering from and/or coping with depression, generalized or social anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and physical or emotional abuse, to name a few, or for someone who just wants a great opportunity to rest and rejuvenate from stress.
Elaine will mindfully guide you through this calming practice, which is a combination of Yin (long held poses to allow time for the body to release) and Vinyasa (a creative class of movements that all flow together with coordinated breathing). The class format is in general: Pranayama, Yin, and active movement with a guided mediation at the end. Basically a full 360 quiet, active, quiet class. No prior yoga experience is required. Teens are welcome, as they are in all adult classes.
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.
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.
Yoga for Peace and Calm
This slow-paced class will focus on a calming, grounding flow before transitioning to a restorative practice then yoga nidra (the yoga of sleep). An ideal practice to end your busy day, participants will leave relaxed, with a quieter mind, and ready for a restful night.