Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is the Sanskrit term, "to yoke." The classes teach and embrace this 3,000 year old tradition and practice of harmonizing mind, body and spirit through three styles.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is an ancient form of mind-body training that develops strength, flexibility and coordination of the physical body while simultaneously nurturing a calm mind and emotional equanimity. Students will learn traditional standing and seated yoga poses as well as breath awareness exercises. All levels of fitness are encouraged to participate.

Vinyasa Yoga

This is a multi-faceted introduction to the study, practice and discipline of Ashtanga-based yoga. Students will be taught the components of the practice including breathing (ujjayi prananyama), gaze (drishti), poses (asanas), meditation, and mantra. The history, roots, and paths of yoga as well as the application of yoga to daily life will also be covered.

Elementary:

Fundamental foundations of Ashtanga-based yoga/Yoga Chikitsa (Primary Series) are established with reference to core principles from the Yoga Korunta, Eight Limbs of Ashtanga, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and related texts. Ujjayi breathing, drishti (gaze points), bandhas ("locks" used to control energy) and vinyasa (synchronization of the pose with the breath) are emphasized to develop a strong practice in beginning-level standing, seated, twisting, and preparatory-inverted poses. Instruction included basic anatomy and biomechanics to assure comprehension, acquisition, and proficiency of technique; japa (recitation of mantra); and Sanskrit.

Low Intermediate:

A continued practice from a strong beginner-level foundation with instruction in intermediate-level standing, seated, twisted, inverted, backbend, and arm-balancing poses including binding of the poses. Strict emphasis on the foundation of the practice: vinyasa, bandha, and drishti (collectively known as Tristhana, the three places of attention or action). A Mysore (self-led) setting is integrated to foster independence, self-reliance, and self-responsibility for one's personal practice. Prerequisite: recent yoga experience.

Intermediate:

Instructor-led and Mysore style practice. Progressive instruction in advanced variations of intermediate-level poses and introduction to advanced poses. Prerequisite: solid fundamentals and consistency with Tristhana; comfort with backbends, headstands, and arm-balancing.

Restorative Yoga

This course introduces the study and practice of yoga sequences to reduce overall stress from daily life. Students will learn set-up techniques and how to modify the basic poses for individual needs. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

Using props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps, restorative yoga encourages the student to reach a state of deep relaxation. The poses will gently stretch the body in various supported backbends, twists, forward bends, inversions and "neutral" poses. The main goal of this type of yoga is to encourage a clear mind and calm emotions.

After becoming acquainted with each of the restorative poses and how to sequence them, students will be encouraged to make choices as to what poses to do and how long to hold the pose.

Topics to be incorporated include restorative poses that may relieve or reduce the symptoms of headaches, jet lag, fatigue and insomnia.

Yoga Sports Conditioning

A holistic multi-disciplinary training approach to optimize physical performance and mindfulness for sport, exercise and yoga. Performance parameters (strength, power, speed, endurance, quickness, agility and reaction time) are addressed, examined and developed. Instruction and training integrate the foundations of exercise and sport science with the principles and practice of vinyasa yoga.

Yoga Wellness Practices

Meditation, Self-Care, and Guided Relaxation for increased wellbeing of mind, body, and emotions.

In this course students will be introduced to a range of wellness practices that they can utilize to reduce their stress.
These practices are based on a self-care model which promotes stress reduction, emotional well-being, mental clarity, and physical health.

The following practices will be introduced to increase mental, emotional, and physical well-being:

Meditation:

Learn and practice simple meditation techniques such as breath awareness, mantra, and mindfulness to decrease stress, and bring more equanimity to the emotional and mental selves.

Jin Shin Jyutsu:

This ancient Japanese art was lost until the early 1900s and was rediscovered. One of the masters of this art form was a Japanese American in the southwest of United States. Students will learn some of the concepts behind Jin Shin Jyutsu such as the 26 safety energy lock points, and how to do self-help flows on themselves using the points in various combinations, to alleviate stress and to stimulate positive energy in the body.

Self Massage:

Students will learn and practice basic self massage techniques that can be done at any time as a method of relieving sore muscles, increasing circulation, and reducing tension.

Sleep Hygiene:

Learn the simple steps to improve sleep duration and quality by employing sleep hygiene practices.

Gratitude:

Learn how to begin a regular gratitude practice that can be useful in lowering stress and increasing emotional wellbeing.

Nasal Rinsing:

Experience a demonstration of the ancient yogic practice of daily nasal rinsing which can support sinus health including helping to alleviate allergy and cold symptoms.

Balanced Diet:

Learn how a pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can support positive impacts on personal and planetary health.

Deep relaxation:

Experience guided relaxation with visualizations that will lead the participant to a deep state of 'parasympathetic nervous system response' which allows the body to restore and heal itself naturally and simply.

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