Class Descriptions

Kripalu Yoga Practice

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Kripalu Yoga is a beautiful traditional style of yoga that is accessible to everyone and every-body. It is known as the "yoga of compassion". All of our Kripalu teachers are influenced and inspired by a variety of teachers as well as other styles of yoga, and all maintain their continuing education in yoga asana (the physical practice) as well as yogic philosophy and history, or the "deeper practices" of yoga.
(These classes are not appropriate for children, middle and high school students are welcome.)

Kripalu Gentle/Beginner
Beginners are always welcome, drop and to start, any class, any time.  Gentle/Beginner classes are not just for new students, but are the perfect place for anyone looking for stress reduction, relaxation and ease. Classes offer accessible postures guided as a "meditation in motion" with detail and support. They emphasizes adaptability and acceptance, and are 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 often call these classes "Kripalu Inspired." 

More information about Kripalu Yoga, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga & all our Flow Classes

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Ashtanga Yoga is a hot, vigorous, flowing (vinyasa style) 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.

While steeped in the traditional aspects of the Ashtanga system, we teach Ashtanga Vinyasa "Heartsong Yoga Style", inspired by our teacher Beryl Bender Birch of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and infused with teachings of other styles of yoga, including the heart of Kripalu Yoga.  Traditional Ashtanga Yoga has poses that unfold in specific sequences, practiced in a specific order. At Heartsong, you will find that traditional style, along with the opportunity to explore these practices in an eclectic, playful, and creative way, designed to be supportive to all students, of all levels, who come to classes to study at Heartsong. 

Ashtanga Full Primary Series (90 minutes) moves through the full traditional sequencing of postures for with plenty of options and modifications for the new as well and seasoned students to enjoy.
Ashtanga Primary
(75 minutes) offers the dynamic practice with options geared to the students in the room and for time, so it is accessible to new students. For those familiar with the practice, the class invites in meditation in motion for a quiet mind and a strong healthy body.
Ashtanga Present Power (75 minutes) offers a sequence that is mostly Primary Series but then adds postures to round out the practice that are considered back and shoulder therapy. All Levels.
Ashtanga Primary/Second (75 minutes) Sun Salutes and standing poses then transition to the postures from the 'second series" of Ashtanga Yoga, made accessible to the students who are in the room and modified for time.
Ashtanga Basics (60 minutes) offers a slower pace for beginners and those wanting to fine tune their practice. Focus on sun saltutes, standing postures and transitions.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, but with more creative sequencing, always a little different. 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 (60 minutes) is an eclectic, creative flowing class done in a without extra heat! We welcome all levels.

Morning Yoga Flow (60 minutes) 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.

Dynamic Flow (60 minutes) on Friday afternoons offers a playful challenging sequence of poses, all levels welcome, be prepared to move, groove and flow in a heated space.

Yin Yoga

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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.

 

Meditation & Mindful Movement

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Tuesday nights, 7:15 to 8:15 pm. with Sheri Wood-Devin
Drop in and pay as you go, regular rates apply,
Class cards & memberships welcome too.

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:

  • Develop a simple yoga practice connection breath and gentle movement.
  • Learn breathing techniques that reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Experience a beginner meditation practice to cultivate a calm mind & inner peace.
  • Find joy in being present

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary!

PS:  Why meditate? Want some science?
Here are some wonderful resources

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club

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No classes over the summer,
Rob will return on Sunday, September 2

Every Sunday, 4:45 to 5:45 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.

Morning YogaFlow

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Tuesday, Thursday: 7 to 8 am 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.

New Class: Wednesday mornings, 7 - 8 pm MEN ONLY with Tony, drop ins, 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

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Yoga Nidra Classes
Held on the first Thursday each month, 7:15 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.