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Class Offerings

Yoga Therapy acknowledges that yoga is a valuable healing art, and that some people are unable to attend conventional yoga classes due to physical limitations or a lack of awareness about yoga. This practice is highly flexible to accommodate the needs of patients with different conditions and physical abilities. Sessions of therapeutic yoga typically include deep stretching, guided meditation and breath work. Yoga helps clients to relax while strengthening their bodies and spirits, whether they are in recovery from an illness (physical, mental, emotional or psychological) or injury or preparing for major surgery.

Gentle yoga is a yoga style which as its name suggests, is very gentle in its approach and appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. Gentle yoga, because of its innate gentle nature, is meant to serve a variety of distinct needs: people with movement limitations, or profound stiffness due to lack of activity; relief from disabilities and chronic conditions. A typical gentle yoga session consists of slight modifications of the standard poses of hatha yoga. The ultimate aim of this kind of practice is to make sure that the practitioner does not experience any discomfort while performing the pose. In addition to modifications in the poses and lowering the intensity of the practice, in gentle yoga, the pace of the performance of the poses is also much slower. The practitioners are given time to perform the poses so that they are comfortable. The body is also given adequate time to recover between two poses.

Beginner Yoga teaches the foundation of yoga and the links between movement with the breath. You will be introduced to information you need to feel comfortable when you are starting a yoga practice, learn proper yoga etiquette and discover techniques to modify for your body needs and avoid injury.

Chair Yoga adapts traditional hatha yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for people who cannot stand for long periods. Chair yoga is beneficial to individuals who suffer from arthritis, other injuries, or disabilities, and it is frequently practiced by those with any mobility restriction. The supported nature of this style of yoga makes it ideal for arthritis sufferers because it will reduce the pressure placed on joints while still offering opportunities for stretching to increase flexibility and range of motion. Chair yoga has been shown to be effective for individuals with other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis (MS), vertigo, depression, and chronic syndromes like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Senior YogaThe benefits of yoga for seniors are much the same as those for the general population: increased muscle tone, balance, strength, and improved mood. Through pranayama (breathing exercises) lung capacity is increased. You can expect your posture to improve and you may enjoy a more restful sleep. Senior citizens (or what I prefer to call a "Seasoned Spirit") can benefit from the strengthening exercises without compromising their safety and risking falls.

Recovery Yoga is about sharing the gifts of yoga and meditation with people in recovery from addictions and with others who desire to get past any hurdle that stands between them and their happiness. You will be introduced to a powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. The practice of yoga helps people in recovery reintegrate their bodies, calm the mind and move closer to their true selves.

Bootstrap Yoga BOOTSTRAP employs an integrated body/mind approach to stress management that blends modern scientific stress management principles with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Designed to do much more than simply treat stress conditions, BOOTSTRAP's comprehensive approach is proven to empower users to actively manage current and future stress episodes setting them on a course for happy, healthy, stress-free living—for life.

Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props are for support allowing you to maintain balance while you stimulate and relax your body allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety.

Yoga Nidra or "yogi sleep" isa highly powerful ancient meditation technique defined as a state of conscious deep sleep.Yoga nidra, lucid sleeping is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga Nidra exposes the secrets of total transformation which give a real positive direction to our life and eliminate the root cause of all negativities like stress related disorders. You will enjoy the complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation but also explore the tremendous powers hidden in the deeper layers of subconscious and unconscious mind in which you learn to relax consciously.

Breath Awareness or "Pranayama" refers to a series of breathing exercises focusing on breath and can be practiced on its own or as part of a physical yoga session. Regular mindful breathing helps move into the stretches and poses of yoga, and it helps us focus as we meditate or concentrate on holding a pose. Being mindful of one's breathing is also a good way to stay in touch with the body. It assists in oxygenating the body, and is believed that regular breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga help to reduce strain and stress, stimulate the immune and digestive systems helping the body and mind run more harmoniously.

Qi Movement Qi is frequently translated as "natural energy", "life force", or "energy flow" and the literal translation of "qi" is "breath", "air", or "gas".... a natural force present in all living things.

Qi Movement is a series of movements and postures which harmonize our energy field and deepen the connection with our physical center. Qi Movement strengthens the awareness of our own flow of Qi in the body and grounds us strongly with the energy of the earth. It is a meditative practice that integrates body and mind for enhancing the access to our consciousness.

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