ABOUT motion center yoga + OUR MISSION
We are a collective of independent yoga instructors, teaching in a beautiful renovated Mill, Hope Artiste Village, minutes from the East Side of Providence. While our styles vary, we all offer skilled individualized instruction that honors the deeper aspects of yoga. Classes are dynamic, inspiring, deeply relaxing, and centering. We offer a wide range of classes including Iyengar Yoga, Kundalini, Anusara, Slow Flow, Hatha Yoga, Kids and Family Yoga. Our Intro to Yoga and Beginner Yoga will give you a firm foundation for any style you may choose to practice. We are currently offering the only on going Feldekrais class (Awarenss Through Movement) in RI. As a collective each yoga teacher is "running her own business" and sharing in the upkeep of the studio. This model allows for both affordable classes as well as gives the teachers the opportunity to earn a living wage. It fosters learning and community by honoring both the student and teacher.
CLASS cancellations: None
Location: Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Suite 8116, Pawtucket, RI, 02860. Phone: 401.654.6650
Parking: For day time classes and during wintertime farmer's market (Saturdays 9-1pm): there is a huge lot if you drive down Dudley Street or Warren Ave towards 95. You can walk up the hill along the building on Dudley St. and enter through the second raised staircase door, suite 8116 will be on your right. Also, there are spots on the side streets off of Main St across from the Hope Artiste Village. In the evenings after 5pm, parking right on Main Street and Dudley Street is easy to find.
WELCOME PASS- new students UNLIMITED YOGA for
1 week for $25. Come and try a few classes.
INSIGHT MEDITATION 1st & 3rd Thursday Sitting Meditation, Dharma Reading, & Discussion 7:15pm. All welcome. By donation.
NEW at Motion Center Yoga: Functional Integration (FI),one-on-on, hands-on Feldenkrais Lessons with Sumati Eberstadt, Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner CM. Call 401-453 8284 for appointment.
Community Gentle Yoga with Naama: Every Thursday 5:30-6:30pm, by DONATION. starts 12/1 This class is suitable for beginners or those wanting a slower paced class. Although this class is not a therapeutics class, it may be appropriate for those recovering from illness or injury, seniors or anyone who fatigues more quickly. Each class will be 60 minutes and include an active asana practice and time for relaxation and breath work. We will focus on the foundations of Iyengar yoga- detailed instruction, alignment, increased strength and flexibility, focus and self awareness. Email/call with any questions.
Family Yoga with Elyse Cohen Rotondo
(starts 11/5) Join Elyse, founder of OM Kids Yoga RI, on Saturdays 10-11am for Family Yoga (ages 5-10) Motion Center Yoga @ Hope Artiste Village. Come enjoy a class and the Winter Farmer's Market! Practicing yoga postures with a new, fun and playful approach helps us all to decrease our stress and increase our joy and connection.
Saturdays 10-11am $15/2 participants, $5/each additional (max $25)
Elyse Rotondo, founder of Om Kids Yoga RI, teaches classes, workshops, retreats and camps throughout RI. Classes are filled with age appropriate poses, relaxation & breathing techniques, art, music, movement, imaginative play, and a lot of FUN! Yoga helps kids and families to build strength and confidence, to focus, and to learn how to calm down and relax. All abilities welcome.
Feldenkrais Method with Sumati Eberstadt
NEW Thursdays 10-11:15am (Starts 9/15) and Sundays 5:15-6:30pm, $15/drop in, $120 for 10 class card*
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons are the gentle movement sequences created and refined over 35 years of teaching by Moshe Feldenkrais. The idea that awareness improves action is a simple and obvious one. The Feldenkrais Method offersa straight-forward, practical application of this understanding. You can learn to be aware, relaxed and present while in action, and find the tools you need to recover from the effects of stress, overwork, chronic pain or injury. An ATM lesson might focus on a specific part of the body, or involve developmental patterns and basic human movements such as crawling, reaching, rolling,bending or breathing. These virtually effortless movement sequences are often done comfortably lying down, to eliminate the need of engaging the anti-gravity work, and to increase relaxation. The emphasis is on exploration, creating freedom of movement and deepening awareness. There is no preset goal to achieve or model to imitate. You move at your own pace and learn to recognize self limiting habitual patterns or movements.and to experiment with easier and healthier alternatives. Feeling comfortable and moving without strain are integral to the method. *3 month expiration on 10 class card
Transition into Fall with Naama, date TBA
In this workshop we will focus on asanas and pranayama (postures and breathing) that help us meet the changes and challenges of the Fall season. Our practice will be grounding, balancing, and supportive to the immune system.
Advanced Feldenkrais with Sumati:
Saturday Nov. 5, 2-5:30pm with break, $30
Feldenkrais ATM lessons are often gentle and slow. In this workshop Sumati will teach 2 rigorous Feldendkrais lessons that involve larger, faster and more complex movements such as swinging, jumping or rolling. Like all Feldenkrais lessons, the movements are broken down, the parts examined and explored, put back together in different ways, so that as the lesson progresses, you come to understand why Dr. Feldenkrais said the purpose of his work was to “make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant.”
FULL DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOP: When people think of Feldenkrais, they usually think slow, gentle, easy, small, effortless, and relaxing. There are many lessons like that in the repertory, and are the ones the most commonly taught in public open classes.
There are also Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons that include large or fast movements, swinging, jumping or rolling, and complex organizations such as quickly going from standing to sitting on the floor and back. Some lessons start in positions that seem (at first) awkward or even uncomfortable, until you explore the ways to make it easy, or even movements that seem impossible. There are lessons that move you towards more and more pretzel-like positions, or explore delicate and rarely addressed coordinations, such as the relative movement of the bones of the lower leg, yes, sitting on your heel and rolling over it in various ways while lying on your back. Many of these lessons require more than a one-hour class to do safely and easily.
These ATMs are all taught in the Feldenkrais Professional Teacher Trainings, but less frequently in public classes. Like all Feldenkrais lessons, the movements are broken down, the parts examined and explored, put back together in different ways, so that as the lesson progresses, you come to understand why Dr. Feldenkrais said the purpose of his work was to “make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant.”
In this Saturday afternoon workshop, I will teach two ATM lessons that are a bit more challenging than the usual. So if you always thought Feldenkrais was a little too slow and boring for you, or you think you might take it up when you start to have trouble getting out of a chair, you might consider joining us. You’ll find that all that small sensitive work is in fact in the service of a full and active life.
“The point of my work is to lead to awareness in action, or the ability to make contact with one’s own skeleton and muscles and with the environment practically simultaneously. This is not “relaxation,” for true relaxation can be maintained only when doing nothing. The aim is not complete relaxation but healthy, powerful, easy, and pleasurable exertion. The reduction of tension is necessary because efficient movement should be effortless. Inefficiency is sensed as effort and prevents doing more and better. The gradual reduction of useless effort is necessary in order to increase kinesthetic sensitivity, without which a person cannot become self-regulating.”
“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant.”
“Health is measured not by the capacity to stay standing but by the ability to be knocked down and then return to standing.”
We will be hosting the Insight Meditation Community of Providence
on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:15pm. Meetings include a 40 minutes sitting meditation practice, a 20 minute reading from the work of a Dharma teacher and a 20-30 minute facilitated time for reflections and sharing about the reading and the practice. All are welcome.
FIND US on:
Website for the Iyengar Yoga Association of the United States. Visit here to learn more about Iyengar yoga.
Website for the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England. Please consider joining our Association to support disseminating the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar throughout the New England region.
Global guide to yoga studios, instructors, ashrams and retreat centers.