This is a dynamic and energetic class.
Ashtanga Yoga is a practice with a predetermined sequence of asanas or postures. In this class the student learns to focus on the constant union between breath and movement. While this class is more vigorous, it can be tailored to meet a variety of students needs.
As always reminded of the sacred and personal nature of the practice we call Yoga
Chair yoga is a great way to start a yoga practice without fear of getting down or up from the floor. The Chair in a chair yoga practice gives you a sense of support. One can use the chair as much or as little as they are comfortable with. Chair yoga gives one a chance to explore the body safely and securely without fear of falling or getting in a positon that is painful or uncomfortable. THERE IS NO PAIN IN YOGA! Chair yoga is a mixed practice of sitting poses in a chair along with some standing poses. You can use the chair for balance and assistance in the standing poses or poses can be modified so as to not have to stand at all. Chair yoga is a great way to build confidence. Anyone can do yoga, and chair yoga has all the benefits of a regular yoga practice without the fear of falling or being injured. Chair yoga can help with mobility, strength and flexibility, improved proprioception or knowing where your body is in space. Chair yoga can help coordination. Help prevent falls, reduce stress, manage pain, and help mental clarity. Anyone can do chair yoga. Great for beginners, seniors, people that have had surgery and have been cleared by their doctor to start a yoga practice, people with disabilities, those who want to start a yoga practice and be introduced in a comfortable and safe setting. Chair Yoga is for all levels.
This practice is a fusion between traditional Yoga and modern adaptations. The primary focus of this practice is to build strength and flexibility. As alignment and concentration improves, confidence increases, a greater awareness of the mind, body and spiritual connectedness becomes clearer. Poses are held for a little while in order to stretch the body’s connective tissues, tendons and ligaments lubricating them and improving their flexibility.
In the class we learn finer adjustments in the body alignment, and use props like blankets, straps, and blocks. Asanas (postures) and pranyama (breathing) are practiced through different sequences, flows, length of time, and can be intensified to ensure positive effect. Taking the time to move into a posture, becoming stable, and remaining stable for some time one can intensify the depth of the posture and can extract all the benefits, such as, relieving the stresses in our modern life, uniting the body, mind and spirit for well being.
The practice ranges from gentle, intermediate, and intense versions. It helps create balance and peace in the mind. It also helps to improve your meditation practice and flow of energy.
Express Yoga For Less
This class offers a 45 minute class, a great break from your day offered on Wednesday and Friday. The cost is either $10 or feel free to use your pass. It is open to all levels of students offering stillness, subtle flow and strength. Great for shifting any stagnant energy and providing a more calm and productive day. As always we encourage all to find the freedom to move through the class as they need on any specific day.
We are never in the same place everyday. Growth is all about change. Through movement and mindful holding of postures, this class seeks to bring inspiration for taking on the rest of the day. We will also focus on alignment and actions that will enhance the students practice.
FFM, or Fluid Feminine Movement
Gentle yoga is yoga for everybody. It is an effective approach to developing flexibility and strength and encourages deep relaxation. Gentle yoga also offers a transformation for those with physical limitations: chronically tight muscles reduced range of motion in joints weakness, low muscle tone recovery from surgery or injury inflammation heart conditions.
Gentle Stretch Class
This is a class that anybody can attend, regardless of your current physical or emotional condition! We will use very gentle movements to promote well-being, mindfulness and self-awareness, as well as physical health benefits. This practice reminds us to honor the present needs of our bodies, discourages judgment, promotes mental clarity or spiritual connection, and teaches us how to lovingly accept our limitations.
Hatha yoga is described as a merging together of sun and moon, left and right, or the masculine and feminine principles of the body through asana. It affects the mind as well as the body. It is the type of yoga which is widely practiced by westerns, the physical yoga, where we begin to consciously move through postures. The benefit of yoga depend on presence of mind during practice, making this practice much more than purely physical. Come to create balance and peace in your life by stretching muscles that you never knew you had. As we begin to strengthen and open the body through these postures, asana, we also encourage concentration, find inner stillness, perseverance, patience, and self-acceptance, which, will benefit our mind and overall health. Each teacher adds their own personality and wisdom to their classes, but in each Hatha yoga class you will find a connection with movement and breath, strength and relaxation, as well as meditation and release. Perfect for beginners and amazing for intermediate to advance students to deepen their practice and knowledge.
Kids yoga is theme based yoga for ages 6-10 year olds. It teaches kids asana and mindfulness in a fun, expressive way incorporating games, stories and laughter.
Meditation Express (Cindi)
This class is designed to introduce several types of mindfulness meditation including breath awareness, body awareness, Metta and mantra meditations. It is suitable for the beginner to advanced meditator. Each 45- minute class begins with a mindfulness talk followed by a 30-minute meditation. Students will gain a sense of calm and inner peace as they learn to focus their attention inward. Meditation is a gift we give ourselves to help us respond to our daily life rather than just react to it.
Pre-and-Post Natal Yoga / Gentle
This class is intended to welcome all students. Providing a gentle environment which invites all. Come to relax, unwind and rejuvinate. It is a great choice for both Pre and Post Natal women and their partners.
Meet other soon to be mothers in a calm, caring, and supportive environment. Adapt to your changing body; learn specific breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation exercises that may support you through your labor. Occasional guest speakers and educational topics included. You are invited to join the Pre-Natal after your first trimester. A Doctors note is required.
Power yoga at our studio is simply a more vigorus version of our traditional hatha yoga. We do not change the temperature and like everything at Community Yoga we emphasize the importance of knowing your limits and understanding that the practice is more than the pose.
Qi Gong, Beginner
This class is on HOLD, due to Cristin enjoying her baby boy.
Qi Gong is a meditative exercise that uses an ancient series of movements to help people focus on, move, and manipulate the flow of qi through their bodies. Qi Gong enhances any medical treatment and one’s potential for healing. Qi (pronounced “chee”) can be translated as “vital energy’ and is the life-giving energy that is within every living thing. Gong means “hard work” or “skill”. “Qi Gong” refers to this type of ancient Chinese exercise that teaches us how to work with the energy within us and around us. Using gentle movement, breathing techniques, and visualization Qi Gong strengthens the connection between the mind and body and enables us to shift our focus inward. Qi Gong is gentle and safe enough for anyone to do and can have many wonderful health benefits. Stress reduction, enhanced focus, improved blood flow, and a greater awareness of the physical body are just a few of the many benefits you can experience through practicing Qi Gong. Cristin Gregory has studied Qi Gong for eleven years under Master Zhongxian Wu, Master Wang Qingyu, and Heiner Freuhauf in the United States and in China. Cristin Gregory has been trained in both the Mt. Emei School and the Jin Jing Gong Schools of Qi Gong. She teaches Qi Gong both privately to individuals and to groups.
Stretch and Flow Yoga
Stretch and Flow yoga is a mindful and compassionate approach to yoga that emphasizes asana, breath work, and meditation. It offers a balanced class of sitting, standing, and balance poses that help practitioners deal more effectively with the stress of everyday life. Modifications are always offered, making this yoga suitable for all levels.
Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed. This state of consciousness is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light consciousness. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi. Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
Also known as Flow Yoga, promotes both cardiovascular and muscular stamina. It is a more rigorous practice linking breath with movement in a faster pace. If you enjoy sun salutations you will enjoy vinyasa!
Yin yoga is a practice of stillness that allows us to nurture the inner calm, quiet space by working with poses (asanas) and breath (pranayama). In this class, poses are held for 3-5 minutes to lengthen muscles and connective tissue, bring inner awareness to the body, and cultivate self-gratitude and -compassion. A yin yoga practice will help build overall health by tapping into the nervous system, decreasing anxiety, and offering a chance to slow down and sit with our emotion. This class is designed for all levels and is encouraged for those who wish to nurture the mind, body, and spirit.
This practice creates a sanctuary for your body, mind and spirit. By completely supporting the body with the use of props and focusing on the breath, the nervous system is calmed and deep tension is released. This increases not only our flexibility but our capacity to heal. Poses are explored for 5-15 minutes to encourage deep relaxation. Appropriate for all levels and prefect for anyone with stress in their life which is all of us.
Twin Hearts Meditation
Meditation on Twin Hearts
Also known as The Meditation for Planetary Peace, The Meditation on Twin Hearts is a highly refined yet simple guided meditation that allows the practitioner to experience inner stillness, bliss and inner illumination. It has been translated into over 20 languages and is practiced by hundreds of thousands worldwide.
Benefits of Meditation on Twin Hearts
Practitioners report: Inner Peace, Love, Compassion, Healthier Relationships, Improved Health, Improved Sleep, Less Stress, Sharper and Clearer Thinking, Increased Healing Power, Heightened Intuition and Enhanced Spirituality.
Research has documented: Increased levels of plasma melatonin and serum serotonin, increased brain synchrony, and decreased heart rate.
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