Specialty Classes


Taught by Heartsong staff and visiting guest teachers, we are proud to present these special classes to our community.

  • Some classes have a separate fee outside of the monthly membership or pre-paid class card. 
  • Some classes are featured on the Daily Drop In class schedule, and regular rates apply.

 

Meditation & Very Gentle (Chair friendly) Yoga: Once a Week

Every Wednesday night at 7:15
with Cat Rasid, In-Studio or Zoom Livestream from home.

1st class is on October 5, a FREE class that night to kick off the season.

The focus of this class is meditation and mindfulness, beginning with a seated sweet gentle stretchy yoga practice designed to down-regulate the nervous system and cultivate peace and ease. Sit on the floor or in a chair, all are welcome to join this class, all ages, all abilities.

This class will be offered Hybrid style, so you can Zoom Live Stream from home if you like! Class will begin with some gentle seated stretches and then you will move into meditation, seated on a chair or on the floor, your choice. Have a few blankets and pillows available if you want to prop up on them.

Regular rates/classes/memberships apply.

Pre Register on Punchpass, here.

Yoga Nidra: Once a Week

Thursday nights at 7:15 pm
In-Studio or Zoom Livestream from Home
with Cat Rasid

1st class is on October 6, a FREE class that night to kick off the season.

Yoga Nidra is a deeply restorative practice, where you will be resting comfortably as you are lead through a series of "visualizations" to systematically be led towards mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. Through this process, the subtle energy channels are also revitalized. Yoga Nidra is sometimes called Beyond the Dreams, Deep Deep Sleep, or The Ocean of Emptiness. It is helpful for stress reduction, insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety and general well-being. The practice can be done seated or lying down, and Cat will lead you towards the "place" where there is only a deep abiding stillness that is rich with awareness; a space of inspiration, intuition, and compassionate loving kindness.

This class will be offered Hybrid style, so you can Zoom Live Stream from home if you like! Class will begin with some gentle soothing stretches and then you will move into your resting position, on your back or however you feel comfortable. Have a few blankets and pillows available to be super comfy.

Regular rates/classes/memberships apply.

Pre Register on Punchpass, here.

Laughter Yoga: Once a Week


Sunday nights 6 - 7 pm,
with Robert Rivest
Regular rates/classes/memberships apply.

Pre Register on Punchpass, here.

combines interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and calming movements. It is the happiest wellness program ever! A wonderful way to exercise, socialize, and laugh your blues away. This class is a fun, effective stress relief program for all ages. It can be performed gently (in a chair if needed) or moving joyfully throughout the room with full energy and enthusiasm! Robert's playful laugh and cheerful spirit make it easy for everyone to join right in.   This class is offered In-Studio only.

You’ve heard the phrase “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” When we generate laughter in our Laughter Yoga class, we can get some pretty amazing physiological and psychological health benefits.

  • Laughter Boosts the immune system: Practicing laughter quickly increases levels of  anti-viral and anti-infection cells; our immune system's first lines of defense against illnesses.

  • Laughter Increases oxygen intake: Laughter Yoga improves lung capacity and oxygen levels to the blood, circulating more oxygen rich blood throughout our bodyand  brain.

  • Laughter Releases endorphins and serotonin: These give the body pain relieving effects and the mind a feeling of well-being that helps increase optimism, self-confidence and feelings of happiness and joy.

  • Laughter Regulates Blood Pressure: Laughter Yoga engages the body's core muscles and cardiovascular system and can significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood-pressure levels.

  • Laughter Promotes emotional growth: Social play is critical to the development of social skills and emotional intelligence in children AND ADULTS!

  • Laughter Relieves stress: Laughter Yoga brings about significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and activates the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system giving us a feeling of energy, alertness, well-being, and joy!

Robert Rivest is an internationally admired Laughter Yoga Teacher and Certified Master Trainer. He is a renowned comic mime artist, an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, and an engaging public speaker. Robert's teaching style is influenced by a 25 year practice of Mindfulness Meditation, Tai-Chi & Qigong. Since 1985, he has given over 8,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S.  His keynotes, trainings, retreats, and “Laugh- Along” YouTube videos have helped thousands of people around the world feel healthier and happier.

 

Mindful Tai-Chi Flow: Once a Week

Monday mornings, 9 - 10 am.
with Robert Rivest

Regular rates apply, through Punchpass.  Walk ins are welcome too, we can help you register at the desk!
Access Punchpass, here

Mindful Tai-Chi Flow is essentially mindfulness meditation in many forms; sitting, standing, breathing and moving. We flow from a brief, seated meditation with visualization and breathing exercises into standing and walking meditation, then into free flowing tai-chi and qigong moves with slow, calm, breathing and poetic nature imagery. We end with a peaceful guided relaxation. No experience necessary, you can adapt all movements to fit your own body, ability and energy level. A peaceful way to quiet the mind and ease body tension. Mindful Tai-Chi Flow helps us feel relaxed, yet energized, ready to start the day in a joyful way.
This class in In-Studio only, in The Great Room

Robert Rivest is an internationally admired Laughter Yoga Teacher and Certified Master Trainer. He is a renowned comic mime artist, an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, and an engaging public speaker. Robert's teaching style is influenced by a 25 year practice of Mindfulness Meditation, Tai-Chi & Qigong. Since 1985, he has given over 8,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S.  His keynotes, trainings, retreats, and “Laugh- Along” YouTube videos have helped thousands of people around the world feel healthier and happier.

Chair Yoga: Once a week

In Studio Only, with Cat Rasid. 
Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

This is a class for folks who are brand new to yoga, may have been inactive for a while, have an injury or health challenge, or just want the extra support of a chair for balance and stability! Some may use the chair, others may choose not too, Cat can teach to every-body, and everyone can benefit from this beautiful practice of breath awareness, quieting the mind, while stretching and strengthening the body. Perfect for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, hip or knee replacements too!

Pre registration is required through Punchpass

This class is warm and welcoming, and the community is joyful. Enjoy a yoga class without any worries about your mobility, learn to breathe deeply and fully to relax and restore your nervous system and quiet your mind. Includes breathing awareness exercises and mindfulness meditation as well as stretching and strengthening yoga poses.


 

Yin Yoga: every week

Hybrid Class on Sundays at 10:30 am, with Michele Scheuer (Gentle Yin)
Small In-Studio Classes and Live Stream to the Zoom platform at the same time.
Register with Punchpass, here.
Regular rates apply
If you are coming to In-Studio class, bring a bag with a blanket and a cushion, pillow, and any props you like to use. We cannot share props at this time.

Yin Yoga uses longer passively held postures to work the deep connective tissues of the body; the tendons, the ligaments and cartilage; areas that do not stretch like muscle; areas that are difficult to reach and open. These previously inaccessible areas are opened allowing prana or chi (life force) to flow freely resulting in a more supple and flexible body. Yin yoga encourages you to slow down, to pay attention and deepen the awareness between mind and body. It is truly a wonderful compliment all practices and styles of yoga, particularly the "yang" or more vigorous practices.

Floor postures are passively held for longer periods of time with a moderate level of sensation. Yin is a fantastic complement to more dynamic activities such as Ashtanga or other power/Vinyasa yoga practices, which generally target our muscles with dynamic movement.  The stillness of Yin practice helps to balance our energy and can invite meditative reflection.

We call this class chill out, stretchy, yummy, happy, peaceful, light and bright. But to be honest, sometimes these longer holding can be very challenging, if not physically, then mentally as we learn to slow down!

 


Family Yoga: Once a month

Sunday Mornings
12 to 12:45 pm

The first Sunday each month. (unless there is a conflict)

Join Hannah Ketchum for this playful exploration of the practice of yoga, appropriate for all ages, especially those who just want to have some fun and enjoy a light hearted approach to practicing as a family and a community. The class is not perfectly quiet, perfectly zen...all ages of "kids can be kids."

Expect to make some noise, to celebrate animals and nature, and to enjoy family connections. All are welcome, families, friends, and all yoga buddies of all ages. Find the yoga kid inside yourself! Please bring your own yoga mat and if you like, a blanket for relaxation.

Special Pricing:
1st Caregiver is $10
Each child/other caregiver is $5

1 Caregiver plus 1:  $15  (any age...2 people)
1 Caregiver plus 2:  $20  (any ages...3 people)
1 Caregiver plus 3:  $25  (any ages...4 people)
1 Caregiver plus 4:  $30  (any ages...5 people)

Pre Register on Punchpass, 
To pre register, click on the class calendar and choose the date, first Sunday each month.

The "caregiver" is the only one who pre registers for the class.
We appreciate pre registration, on line, but you can pay at the front desk.
(We will have to set you up with an account on our punchpass system)

Dates ahead, may change, always double check.
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Full Moon Yoga: once a month

Join Beth Wadden one special Sunday night each month as a way to celebrate the Full Moon and the season with an all levels Kripalu Yoga class closest to the date of the Full Moon.   Each month has a theme, dedicated to the Native American tradition, and with the mystery and magic of a yoga class  with special postures, story telling, poetry and prayer.

Small Class Size In-Studio and Virtual Live Stream, pre register on Punchpass, here.

Choose Zoom to take class Live Stream from home,
OR In-Studio to take class at Heartsong. (limited space)

(It will not say "Full Moon" on the Punchpass schedule, but sign up for Beth's class on the date of the Full Moon and you will enjoy the class! )

  • Jan. 16 - Full Wolf Moon
  • Feb. 13 - Full Snow Moon & Baby Bear Moon
  • March 20 - Full Worm Moon & Maple Sugar Moon
  • April 10 - Full Pink Moon
  • May 15 - exact - Full Flower Moon
  • June 12 - Full Strawberry & Honey Moon
  • July 10 - Full Thunder Moon
  • August 7 - Full Green Corn Moon
  • Sept. 11 - Full Harvest Moon
  • Oct. 9 - exact - Full Hunter's Moon & Moon of Falling Leaves
  • Nov. 6 - Full Frosty Moon & Beaver Moon
  • Dec. 4 - Full Cold Moon

 

Private Yoga Instruction

Private Yoga instruction offers individual attention from an experienced yoga instructor. While our group classes are a very effective way of learning and practicing yoga, there are times when you may consider beginning your practice in a private setting. Some reasons to consider private sessions:

  • You are brand new to yoga and want to ease into practice "one to one."
    You want to develop a meditation or mindfulness practice.
  • You are healing from an injury or have a physical limitation and want to learn how to "adapt" your practice at home or in class. (Examples include learing how to modify poses, and using chairs, straps and blocks for support.)
  • You are healing from an illness and want a restorative gentle practice.
  • You want to develop a personalized practice for home.
  • You want to refine structural alignment for your Kripalu or Ashtanga practice.
  • You want to learn the Ashtanga sequence.
  • You are pregnant (Yeah!) and want to know how to modify in group classes or get one-to-one TLC.
  • Your life is super busy and you cannot find the time to attend our group classes.
  • You want to bring your younger child to class but need to give them some practice first!

Individual or private group yoga instruction is available by appointment at Heartsong Yoga's studio or at your home or office.

At Heartsong: One-to-One Private: $75.00/hour for one or two people.

Off site One-to-One or small group: Email for a quote, or for more information.

Veterans Yoga & Resources

Resources for Veterans:

Yoga 4 Vets at Heartsong Yoga
Heartsong Yoga is also proud to support the program Yoga 4 Vets, offering four free yoga classes to any Veteran who requests, to attend any class, anytime, four times.
To request classes, simply email Sheila

More about Yoga 4 Vets and their offerings,
"Supporting our vets, one breath at a time."
(Note: Heartsong Yoga will offer these four classes to ANY and EVERY veteran, not just "wartime" or "conflict" vets.)

Free on line resources available for Veterans (and everyone!)
From Mindful Yoga Therapy, a Practice Guide, Meditation, Breathing and Yoga Nidra practices.

Other Specialty Class "Events"

Other Specialty Event Workshops are offered throughout the year....

Some are seasonal,
Some are known as "Deeper Practices" or Yoga Beyond the Postures,
Some are courses, and....
Some of just for fun!

Click here for the list of these events.

Always listed under "Events & Workshops"
"Upcoming Events"