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.

 

Chair Yoga for Seniors (& Anyone) Weekly

At Heartsong
Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. NEW: Zoom option, with Cat Rasid.
Available to everyone on the core class schedule at the same price as all of our regular classes.
Walk ins are welcome, or you can pre register on line, on punchpass, here.

Heartsong's Collaboration with East Longmeadow Senior Center:

Chair Yoga at Brownstone Gardens
on Prospect Street
Mondays at 1:30 pm. with Sheila Magalhaes.  This class is sponsored by Visiting Angels, and is free to all, Walk ins welcome.

Friday afternoons at Heartsong, 1:30 pm, sponsored by the East Longmeadow Council on Aging, taught by Cat Rasid.
$5. walk in pay as you go.  Plenty of parking, park in the "upper lot" to be closer to the door.
FREE: We Zoom livestream to seniors who are housebound. Call the Senior Center for details,  (413) 525-5436
Or visit the schedule on Punchpass to pre register for that zoom link, here.




 

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!

Special Pricing:
1 Caregiver plus 1:  $20  (any age...2 people)
1 Caregiver plus 2:  $25  (any ages...3 people)
1 Caregiver plus 3:  $30  (any ages...4 people)
1 Caregiver plus 4:  $35  (any ages...5 people)

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 set you up with an account on our punchpass system)

Dates ahead, may change, always double check.
Pre Register on Punchpass, click on the date


March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2

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.

While we call this a Specialty Class, it is available to everyone on the core class schedule at the same price, membership, class pass or single class purchase!

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.
(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. 21     Wolf Moon
Feb. 25     Snow Moon
Mar. 24      Maple Sugar Moon
Apr. 21       Pink Moon
May 19      Flower Moon
June 23     Strawberry Moon
July 21      Thunder Moon
Aug. 18     Green Corn Moo
Sept. 15    Harvest Moon
Oct. 13      Falling Leaves Moon
Nov. 17     Frosty Moon
Dec. 15     Cold Moon

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing: Once a Month

 
with Chantal Jacques Haracsy
of Nirvana Spa & Wellness in Somers, CT

One Tuesday night a month at 7:15 pm.  $25.
Click on the date below to hold your space:

This specialty class is designed to offer you some well deserved TLC.  Alignment with the tones of the Crystal Bowls is one of the most dynamic forms of sound healing found today. You will be resting "on the ground" like a shavasana deep relaxation, cozy with cushions and blankets (use Heartsong's or pack a bag!) as Chantal guides your "inner journey" and plays the crystal bowls with their hauntingly beautiful tones.  Sound Healing has been scientifically proven to relax the body and mind, for inner peace, clarity, better sleep, and so much more.  Studies have shown that sound has a direct impact on the mental processes, muscles, nervous system, heartbeat, pulse, digestive system and circulatory system. Chantal is a gifted and highly experienced practitioner, we are so happy to welcome her to the studio each month.

February 20
March 19
April 16
May 21
June 18   and beyond....always the 3rd Tuesday of each month.....
In studio only, zoom does not play well with sound.

Pre registration recommended but walk ins are welcome.

 

 

Yoga Nidra, Once a Month

Once a Month, second Thursday night, 7:00  to 8:00 pm
In-Studio or Zoom Livestream from Home
$20. each class, with Cat Rasid.  Walk ins welcome
 
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.

February 8. In-Studio
February 8, Zoom Livestream

March 14,  In-Studio
March 14,  Zoom Livestream

April 11,  In-Studio
April 11, Zoom Livestream

May 9,  In-Studio
May 9, Zoom Livestream

June1 3, In-Studio
June 13,  Zoom Livestream

and beyond....

Reiki & Crystal Immersion Class: once a month


Reiki & Crystal Immersion to Honor Your Inner Light

7:15 to 8:30 pm, with Shannon Bates
$25

Pre-Registration preferred, (so Shannan can prepare her materials for you) but Walk Ins are welcome. Everyone gets a "goodie bag" of crystals to bring home each month!

February 6
March 5
April 2
May 7
June 4

When was the last time you noticed your self, thanked your self, honored your self? This class is an offering of Sacred Time to travel inward and to reset and recharge with the intention of honoring your inner light.  Pause and allow yourself to be immersed in the healing energies of Reiki (a Japanese energetic healing modality), crystals and light work.  Shannon will activate each participant to a crystal grid while you relax on the ground, getting cozy in whatever position you are more comfortable. She will then offer the healing and relaxing energy of Reiki and lead you through a guided visualization to connect with your inner light to clear and recharge your energy centers. Each month she will introduce new crystals for the grid!

Shannon Bates is an RMT (Reiki Master Teacher) and is certified as a crystal practitioner (CCP) and advanced crystal master (ACM) through the nationally accredited Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy. She also holds certification in Chakra Balancing work and is currently studying Earth Medicine work.  She has been a member of the Heartsong community for many decades and we are honored to share her work with our community.

Tri-Yoga for (all) Athletes, Twice a month

"Tri-Yoga" Yoga for (all) Athletes, to Prepare & Repair

Friday nights 6 - 7:15 pm. 

with Patty DeLuca, in studio only.

Tri Yoga, a light hearted, slow flow asana class and cross training tool, has been designed for the tri-athlete, to repair and prepare their connective tissue promoting injury prevention, increasing performance and longevity in the sport with increased focus to both mind and body. Scientific principles are woven into the class. This class will benefit all athletes, whether you're a runner, walker, hiker, cyclist, skier or shopping warrior.   If you have taken a workshop or a series with Patty, this will be a nice continuation for your yoga journey, especially as an athlete. And if you are brand new to yoga, this is a wonderful place to start.

Please bring your own yoga mat.  (we only have a few to share and prefer to have students bring their own.  Mats are available everywhere, even CVS carries them now!)

March 8
March 22

April 12 (one class in April)

May 3
May 17

rest of 2024 dates TBA

Tri Yoga is taught by Patty DeLuca RN, member of the Medical Team for Ironman Triathlon World Championships, and a member of Cyclonaut multisport, a triathlon club in Western MA. Patty is a cancer warrior and survivor, who found Yoga in 2012 and experienced benefits of the practice throughout her treatment and recovery. She has since been certified to teach yoga through several teacher training programs including The Connecticut School of Yoga, the Hard and Soft Institute at Heartsong Yoga, and Restorative teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She has studied Yoga for athletes. Patty's goal is to help every-body become stronger and healthier through yoga.

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, may be less for multiple sessions or more for a more complex or longer session, call or email for more information.

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

Essential Oils & Relaxation Practices

with Heather Locklear

For thousands of years, people have reached for the power of plants, using essential oils to uplift them spiritually and emotionally, to support their overall wellness, and for cosmetic purposes. Now you can use essential oils for aromatherapy, in your household solutions, or for personal care; every aspect of your daily life can benefit from a drop or two of your favorite essential oil!

These classes will introduce beautiful oils, where you can create a personalized oil blend to take home, and enjoy a practice of mindfulness, relaxation or a sweet yoga session, depending on the focus and intention of the workshop each month.  The second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm.

$25., pre registration recommended but walk ins are welcome.

March 12
April 16
May 14
June 11

 

 

Laughter Yoga Club: Once a Month


First Sunday of Each Month, 6pm, walk ins welcome
Led by Robert Rivest
Laughter Yoga Teacher & Trainer, International Laughter Ambassador

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club sessions are a fun way for us to get together as a community, and have a positive shared experience of breathing, moving, smiling and laughing. Laughter Yoga combines fun, easy to learn, interactive laughter exercises, with deep, centering breaths and simple, calming movements. Ending with  guided relaxation and some community chat time.

Pre register on Heartsong's website, on the Punchpass pre registration calendar and walk ins welcome.
All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Easy to learn, fun to do.

Laughter Yoga Health Benefits:

  • Boosts Immune System: Laughter yoga can enhance immunity, making you less prone to illnesses. Practicing laughter quickly increases levels of  anti-viral and anti-infection cells; our immune system’s first lines of defense against illnesses.
  • Lowers Stress Levels: Laughter helps in reducing stress by decreasing the production of stress hormones. Laughter Yoga brings about significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and activates the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Relieves Pain: Laughter can act as a natural painkiller. Laughter Yoga releases endorphins: natural substances our nervous system produces to help us deal with pain and stress.
  • Abdominal Workout: Laughter yoga can serve as a great exercise for your abs due to the movements involved while laughing. LY has a positive effect on trunk muscle activation.
  • Protects Heart and Lungs: Laughter Yoga helps you flow. By improving blood vessel function and increasing blood flow, laughter yoga benefits cardiovascular health and enhances lung capacity.
  • Elevates Mood: LY is a quick me me up. The secretion of mood-enhancing hormones like dopamine and endorphins during laughter yoga, can uplift your mood instantly.
  • Improves Blood Pressure: A daily practice of laughter yoga helps regulate your BP and can help manage high blood pressure.
  • Enhances Self-Belief and Security: Laughter yoga can boost self-confidence and instill a sense of security.
  • Promotes Positive Energy: Laughing stimulates the release of positive energy, making you feel energetic, upbeat and more alive. LY guided relaxation also helps you feel calm and peaceful.
  • Distraction from Negative Thoughts: Laughter yoga serves as an effective distraction from negative thoughts, promoting mental wellbeing, while allowing you to be in the present moment.

10 Health Benefits of Laughter Video with Robert Rivest

Laughter Yoga Sample Session Video Robert Rivest at Heartsong Yoga Center

 

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"