Kripalu Yoga is a beautiful practice that is accessible to everyone and every-body. These classes are taught by teachers who have been trained and certified in this style of yoga, known as the "yoga of compassion". All of our teachers are influenced and inspired by wise and wonderful teachers and other styles of yoga as well, and maintain their continuing education in yoga asana (the physical practice) philosophy, and the history of yoga, known as the "deeper practices" of yoga. (These classes are not appropriate for children, but middle and high school young adults are welcome at a special price.)
Kripalu Gentle/Beginners Beginners always welcome, a great start for new students, as well as long time practitioners looking for stress reduction, relaxation and ease. These classes offer accessible postures guided as a meditation in motion with plenty of details and lots of support. They emphasizes adaptability and acceptance, especially welcoming for those who feel like they might not be “able” to “do” yoga or those who have injuries or other physical limitations. (We offer Chair Yoga for those who want to practice yoga but are nervous about sitting on the floor.)
Kripalu All Levels An instructive sequence of creative warmups, followed by a variety of postures, breathing and relaxation techniques. Appropriate for all students, and beginners are always welcome, you will be led and guided throughout!
Kripalu Moderate A strengthening practice which includes longer holding times, more inter-connective flow between postures and an emphasis on internal awareness. New students who feel fit and strong are welcome to try moderate yoga any time, but remember that there may be less detailed instruction in these classes.
Gentle/Beginner, All Levels or Moderate Classes that do not specify "Kripalu" are classes taught by experienced certified teachers who received their training somewhere other than the Kripalu Center. These teachers are steeped in the essence of the the teachings of Kripalu Yoga, and the Heart of Heartsong, and their style is very much the same. We like to call these classes "Kripalu Inspired."
Ashtanga Yoga & all our Flow Classes
Ashtanga Yoga is a hot, vigorous, flowing practice. While not a more advanced style of yoga, it often draws those looking for a more physically challenging pace but is accessible for all levels. Ashtanga connects movement with breath in a dynamic series of postures done with calm focused attention for strength, flexibility and a quiet mind. Be prepared to sweat a lot as you move through this meditation in motion, as you engage core muscles, work with a balanced steady breath, and enjoy the "bamboo room" heated to about 85 degrees. Beginners are always welcome, the classes are designed to be all levels.
75 minute classes offer the dynamic practice with some modifications to make it most accessible to newer students, and invites in meditation in motion for those who are more familiar with the sequence of postures. 90 minute classes move through the full traditional sequencing that may include alternative postures for a fully balanced practice, with plenty of options and modifications for the new as well and seasoned students to enjoy. 1/2 Primary Series Community Class is a one hour class on Saturdays, 11 am, by donation with rotating teachers.
Flow Yoga is a flowing, vigorous class, inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, but with more eclectic sequencing. All levels are welcome. The poses are not complicated, but they require focus and attention and a willingness to connect breath and movement uninterruptedly. Of course you will always be offered time to rest if you want it! (80 degrees).
TGIFriday Flow classes are based on the Ashtanga sequence, an eclectic, creative 1 hour flow class done in a moderately heated room and welcoming all levels.
Morning Yoga Flow on Tuesday and Thursday mornings is from 7 to 8 am, a special dynamic morning routine designed to jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing! The room is warm, not hot, (about 75 degrees) and the sequence is based on Boomer Yoga, a balanced blend to wake up the body and move in all directions! All levels welcome to attend, doors open each day at 6:45 am. Come in ready to roll right at 7, we will be done promptly at 8.
Every Tuesday, 5:45 - 7:00 pm. Drop ins welcome, regular rates apply (drop in rate, monthly memberships, class cards)
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!
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.
MIndful Yoga for ALL (formally Women Only)
Thursday nights: except for the 1st Thurs. of each month, because of Jane's monthly Yoga Nidra class. 7:30 to 8:45pm. Drop Ins welcome, regular rates apply
Mindful Yoga for all provides a safe and welcoming space to strengthen the body and restore the spirit. Taught by Sheri Wood-Devin, this class is based on the practices of Mindful Yoga Therapy. This all levels yoga class will support both physical and emotional well being through the use of mindful movement, meditation, yoga nidra and the practice of gratitude. (Formally a Women's Only class with Heather Monson, we are opening this class up for all to enjoy.)
Joyful Laughter Yoga Club
Every Sunday, 4:45 to 5:30 pm. Club "membership" is FREE Donations will be accepted for the space!
Laughter Yoga combines fun, easy to learn, Laughter exercises with simple, calming Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Taught by Robert Rivest, laughter is joyfully simulated in a group with full body laughter exercises/games and childlike playfulness. The "simulated" laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits and carries over into our every day lives. This class is multi-generational and ages welcome.
Mindfulness & Meditation Class
with Gena Rotas, LICSW & Mindfulness Coach
6 week series Tuesday nights, 7:15 to 8:15 pm. (arrive between 7 and 7:15) Drop in and pay as you go, per class, $15. Middle School and High School students, $10.
Check for dates, here. We offer these classes in series and sometimes skip a few weeks between. Last Class of this series, April 26.
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment with kindness and curiosity in a non-judgmental manner.
Thirty years of scientific research has shown that the effectiveness of mindfulness has helped with illness, anxiety, worry, stress, and decision making. Mindfulness and Meditation has also been able to help manage emotions and to increase the capacity for compassion, empathy, self care and self love. Mindfulness practices are widely used in business, healthcare and education. Mindfulness and Meditation:
Expect this class to be easy, comfortable and fun. You will Learn to:
Make friends with your breath
Notice the present moment
Become aware of your physical sensation
Experience a sense of calm
Find joy in being present
Discover your inner stillness
Everyone is welcome,no experience necessary! Discussion, Q & A, meditation practice and insight to bringing more peace into your daily lives. You can sit in a chair, on the floor on a cushion, or against a wall, you choice, and we have everything you need to be comfortable.
Tuesday, Thursday: 7 to 8am Morning YogaFlow.
This is a special dynamic one hour morning routine designed to jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing! All levels welcome to attend, doors open each day at 6:45 am. Come in ready to roll right at 7, we will be done promptly at 8. Regular rates apply.
A dedicated morning practice can boost your energy to meet the demands of the day. If you want to consistently enjoy the benefits of yoga, then you need to take the steps necessary to make it a habit. One of the best ways to develop the yoga habit is to commit to a morning yoga routine. We know that habits form through repetition. The philosopher Aristotle nailed it when he said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
The Morning YogaFlow is based on the work of our teacher Beryl Bender Birch, from her book Boomer Yoga. It is a intellegent sequence that incorporates core strength and stability, with forward bending, back bending, balancing poses and twists. Shoulder and low back "therapy" are also a part of this practice, especially when done as a meditation in motion. Each day's sequence will be the same, to encourage you to learn the practice so that you can do it any where, any time, and any place on your own!
Yoga Nidra Classes Held on the first Thursday each month, at 7:30 pm. $15.00 (No class cards or memberships for this class.) Pre registration is not required.
This class with Heartsong's senior teacher Jane Anable will gives you the chance to experience a powerful yoga technique for deep rest. Yoga Nidra is sometimes called Beyond the Dreams, Deep Deep Sleep, or The Ocean of Emptiness. It is said that this deep formless sleep in not between Waking and Dreaming, but instead it is beyond both of these realms. As you rest in supported "shavasana" (lying down, no yoga experience needed) through guided visualization Jane will systematically lead you to the "place" where there is only a deep abiding stillness that is rich with awareness, a space of inspiration, intuition, and compassionate loving kindness.
Yoga Nidra systematically induces complete mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. Through this process, the subtle energy channels are completely revitalized. In each session, you will dedicate a short period of time to “Sankalpa” which is “Intention.” This will sow the seeds of change in the mind and create a deeply relaxing state in which those seeds may then grow to create change in our lives.
Yoga Nidra is helpful for stress reduction, insomnia, fatigue, depression, and anxiety as well as general well-being.
Introducing NEW Community Classes
Introducing Community Classes
Weekends at 11 am. These classes are on going but may change when there is a seasonal change, TBA.
These classes are by-donation and are for any level student, and taught by rotating teachers, including our new and in-training teachers. Pay any amount of your choosing.
Ashtanga Yoga, 1/2 Primary Series Saturdays, 11 to 12 pm. This vinyasa (flow) style class will offered in the Bamboo Room, heated to approximately 85 degress. It focuses on connecting movement and breath in a series of postures that build strength and flexibility, and offers a "Meditation in Motion" to calm the body/mind. New students and seasoned students of Ashtanga Yoga are welcome.
Mindful Yoga Therapy Inspired Yoga for Every-Body Sundays, 11 to 12 pm. This class will be based on the Mindful Yoga Therapy porotocol and focuses on the practices of meditation, breath, yoga postures accessible to everybody, yoga nidra and gratitude. All levels are welcome, these classes are designed to reduce stressa and anxiety.
Please donate what you can. Suggeted donation $5 - $15. Proceeds from the classes will be offered to The Give Back Yoga Foundation, and their "Yoga Makes Change" initiative, which supports bringing yoga and mindfulness techniques to all segments of the community, especially under-resource and underserved.