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1005 Main St
Pawtucket, RI, 02860
United States

401.654.6650

Motion Center Yoga is a collective of independent yoga teachers.  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.

Classes

We offer various styles of yoga:  Iyengar Yoga, Full Radiance and Lunar Radiance Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Moderate Yoga, Family Yoga and Mindful Motions.  To learn more about these styles and our teachers read below:

IYENGAR YOGA
Iyengar Yoga is suitable for students of every age and fitness level.  It emphasizes postural alignment, the use of props (blankets, blocks, straps) to facilitate learning and therapeutic sequences for specific conditions. Students are given individual attention and feedback. Classes are dynamic and systematic. Poses are taught in progession within a class and from class to class which helps students develop proficiency and confidence. Classes include postures, breathing and relaxation. Iyengar Yoga teachers undergo years of rigorous training in asana (posture), pranayama (yogic breathing), philosophy and anatomy in preparation for a national certification exam. The Certification Mark can only be used by certified Iyengar teachers. For more information visit the official website of Iyengar Yoga’s National Assocoation at www.iynaus.org.

             Naama Gidron, is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher with over 15 years of yoga practice and 10 years of teaching experience. Naama first discovered Iyengar yoga in 1987 while at Columbia University. She has studied extensively with senior teachers Manuso Manos in San Francisco and Patricia Walden in Boston, and travelled to Pune India to study with the Iyengars.  Naama’s teaching style is informed by her dance background.  It is clear and concise, dynamic and engaging. She enjoys working with a wide range of students including athletes and seniors. Naama teaches privates, specialty workshops as well as retreats.

             Christy Chase, MAT, is the mother of two boys who finds the presence of yoga to be a welcome oasis in a very busy life.  As a fourthgrade teacher, she works hard to compassionately meet the individual needs of her students, and carries that same intention into her yoga classes.  Christy has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1993.  In 2007 and 2011, she completed two rounds of rigorous assessments to become an officially certified Iyengar teacher.  Christy is grateful for the inspiration given by Suzanne Newton, whom she credits with starting her yogic journey; Linda DiCarlo at our local Iyengar Yoga Source; the beloved Patricia Walden, her mentor teacher who leads Teacher Training in Boston; and her fabulous students, who teach her the meaning of community, devotion, and humility. Please see www.iynaus.org for more information on Iyengar yoga.  

FULL RADIANCE YOGA
Classes are open to all levels of students. The beginner will be supported by articulate and clear directions and a mindful pace, while the more advanced student will benefit from the refined instructions aimed to deepen awareness, skillful actions, and expression of the inner and outer asana. Yoga philosophy is thematically woven into each class, supporting the remembrance and experience of the spiritual context of yoga. Full radiance classes offer thoughtful and intentional sequencing as well as various modifications for each level of practitioner.  Each class offers a full spectrum of asana (poses), including standing poses, arm balances, inversions, backbends, and hip openers, and invites an experience of the luminous quality of our energy. 

LUNAR RADIANCE YOGA
This class is open to all levels. Lunar Radiance focuses more on seated and supine asana, cultivating an inward and grounding focus, and incorporates some gentle pranayama and meditation.
         
         
Sara Davidson Flanders, ERYT-500, began her study of yoga in 1992 and started teaching yoga in 1997. Her extensive asana training includes, alignment-based, vinyasa, therapeutics, prenatal, and more. She teaches classes, workshops, anatomy and teacher trainings, and practices as a yoga therapist. In 2007 she became a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher. She teaches a method of artful movement informed by intelligent and graceful sequencing, biomechanics, alignment, and a strong foundation of philosophy and meditation. Her meditation practice and studies began in 1992. She has lived residentially at 2 different meditation centers, and is presently studying and practicing various meditation techniques that explore the Tantric vision, practice and lineage of non-dual yoga.

KUNDALINI YOGA
Known as the Yoga of Awareness, Kundalini yoga is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.  In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.  Each Kundalini Yoga class will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. All levels are welcome. No prior experience is necessary.

        Sat Siri Kaur (Beth Kiley Kinder) has practiced hatha yoga and vipassana meditation since the 1970's butit was her introduction    to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan that inspired her to become a teacher. She has been teaching for over a decade and teaches from the awareness "If you can breathe, you can do yoga." Her classes are gentle, therapeutic, and stimulate a deep, healing relaxation. In addition to teaching at the Motion Center Yoga Collaborative, Sat Siri offers private appointments and instruction and group classes and workshops in both Sat Nam Rasayan®  and Kundalini Yoga. She is a Reiki Master, an Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator, and a beekeeper. She may be reached at satsirikaur@cox.net.

MINDFUL MOTIONS
This class is appropriate for all: beginners to yoga or stretching, experienced practitioners or recovering from injury.  Utilizing mindful attention and breath awareness, we explore and open the body through a combination of passive, active and restorative postures that synergistically work to unwind and balance the body. You will learn therapeutic stretches/movements that can be used inside and outside the yoga room to strengthen, stabilize and decompress the spine from the daily stresses we encounter.  It is excellent for anyone seeking to develop a deeper mind-body relationship and awareness.  

            Meghan Schaffer, is a Chiropractor and Yoga practitioner.  She began her yoga practice while attending Logan College of Chiropractic 9 years ago in St. Louis, MO from where she hails.  Yoga has always been her favorite way of studying and investigating the dynamic and ever changing mind body connection.  Meghan has practiced many styles of yoga over the years and is a lover of all. The philosophy of yoga and chiropractic are one in the same to her; they are both lifestyle practices that facilitate healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Meghan is very grateful to be apart of the Motion Center and for the opportunity to continue to learn from her colleagues and students and share her experiences.

FELDENKRAIS
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.

      Sumati Eberstadt (Brown University, 1971) performed with and choreographed for the RI Dance Repertory Company, and ran a private modern dance studio in Providence. In 1982 she moved overseas and lived in Greece, Germany and India. She began studying the Feldenkrais Method in Munich, Germany in 1984 and went on to train in Switzerland under Mia Segal, first assistant to Moshe Feldenkrais, and his close colleague for 25 years. Since completing her training and being admitted to the Deutsche Feldenkrais Guild in 1989, Sumati taught the Feldenkrais Method to groups and individuals at the Osho Commune International in Pune, India, in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Providence RI. She has worked with therapists, dancers, musicians and meditators. She is now certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

 

FAMILY YOGA
Come move, breathe, play and relax together!  Family yoga is active and engaging opportunity for families to connect in a whole new way.  Practicing yoga postures with a new, fun and playful approach helps us all to decrease our stress and increase our joy and connection.  Each class includes breathing practices, group and partner activities as well as tools to calm and focus our minds and bodies both on the mat and at home.  Class concludes with time for quiet guided relaxation and rest even for the most wiggly bodies and active minds.  All abilities welcome.  All children must be accompanied by an adult participant.  Focus is on school-aged children (5-12) but younger and older siblings are welcome to join too.  Aunties, cousins and grandparents are all welcome - bring the whole family!

            Erin Vinacco is a native Rhode Islander with over 7 years of experience working with and children, parents and families.   She finds joy in sharing both the peaceful and playful aspects of yoga and mindfulness with students of all ages and abilities and currently works with the non-profit ResilientKids to bring mindfulness into the schools.  Her compassionate presence welcomes all students to the mat and allows everyone to explore and develop their unique practice at their own pace and comfort level.  She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than a decade.   Erin has completed a 40-hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center in Boston and over 40 hours in training in teaching yoga to children, teens and adults with special needs through Creative Relaxation Yoga Therapy and My OmAbilities.
 

YOGA PRETZELS (ages 4-6)
Let's get bendy, go upside down and challenge our bodies in this exciting, energy releasing yoga class.  Children will learn how to calm themselves down and relax with kid friendly breathing exercises and meditations, fun focus games, and our OMazing yoga adventures, which foster cooperation and creativity by giving kids the power of deciding where they will go and what they will see.  Dragons at the zoo, hula dancing in Hawaii, royal balls with a favorite princess and swimming with sharks in Australia make practicing yoga a fun and very personal experience for this very special age group.  Class is 1 hour.  Click here to register online or call OM Kids at 401-954-4992 or Motion Center at   

http://www.omkidsyogari.com/motion-center

Elyse Rotondo, founder of OM Kids Yoga, can’t think of a better way to spend her days than being in the company of children, and sharing with them the magic of yoga.  Elyse is able to take this ancient practice and translate it into language that every child from a rambunctious toddler to the moody teen can understand and enjoy.  Her classes are playful and full of fun, yet challenging and thought provoking as well.  Elyse loves what she does, and it shines through in every creative and imaginative class she teaches, as it is easy to see that she is having as much fun as the kids.

Elyse had a career in the business world and later taught in the NYC public schools until moving to RI in 1999, where she continued with her education by earning her MA in elementary education from RIC.  A yogi since the early nineties, it wasn’t until her two young daughters began mimicking what they saw their mom doing on her yoga mat, that Elyse made the connection between yoga and kids.  A chance encounter with an old friend on FB planted the seed, and in 2010, Elyse opened OM Kids Yoga Center in Pawtucket RI, a one of a kind yoga studio just for kids.  During it’s five year run as a stand alone studio, Elyse taught thousands of yoga classes, camps, special events and parties to families all over Rhode Island.  This year she closed the studio, and now offers many of her trademark classes and events all over RI in schools, private homes, yoga studios, dance studios and summer camps.   
Elyse is certified to teach children’s yoga through the following teacher trainings:  Karma Kids Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga Teen Intensive, Radiant Child Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga, Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby and Zenergy Yoga Therapy from Australia.  

COMMUNITY YOGA

Tuesdays 8 am to 9:15 am (with option to leave at 8:55 am), Fridays 7 pm to 8:15 pm (with option to leave at 7:55pm)  Cost: By Donation.  Open to all, no one turned away for lack of funds or experience.

 The intention behind this class is to offer a simple practice of self-care and the affirmation that when we choose to fill our own reservoir peace and build community, we allow others to draw from this well through our presence in the world.  In addition, as we head into the long nights of the year, our priorities must include the creation of light within to keep our own and each other’s spirits bright.  This class will offer several ways to stoke our internal fire and the simple gesture of gathering has a power of its own.  In the spirit of true community and the impending holidays that leave many bereft of simple needs, all profits from these classes will benefit the community service of choice of the participants who attend the most classes in this six week session.  This donation will be made just before the winter holidays.

The format will be basic hatha yoga that features simple posture sequencing such as sun and moon salutations, synchronizing movement of the body with the breath, development of personal presence within a group, seasonal considerations and hearty encouragement of home practice.  There will be about 50 to 55 minutes of guided movement and optional 20 minute meditation.  Meditation practice will not be taught per se, but will be guided in the most open structure possible, with reminders of time remaining and returning to the object of attention the only guideposts offered, allowing for meditators of any tradition or experience level to sit in the company of others and practice the art of simply being. 

        Liz Downing has been a yoga practitioner since 1997, and meditator since January 2012.  She taught breath based yoga asana influenced by TKV Desikachar, Mark Whitwell and Gary Kraftsow under the auspices of RI yoga teachers Amanda Starr and Elsie Swonger from 2003 to 2007.  She was initiated into the Transcendental Meditation tradition in January 2012 and received her 200 hr RYT certification from Coral Brown in June 2015.  Currently, she is working toward a second two year-long 200 hr certification with Theresa Murphy in addition to participating in the Neelakantha Meditation Initiation 18 month course.  She is grateful to have the mentorship and support of Elsie Swonger, Naama Gidron and the Neelakantha Meditation community.  As a native Rhode Islander, she finds great meaning through working with her wonderful gardening team to tend and create the gardens of many Rhode Islanders, establishing deep roots in one of the most beautiful places to live and work in the US.