WE OFFER VARIOUS yoga styles and movement practices:
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 progression 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 Association at www.iynaus.org.
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.
COMMUNITY GENTLE YOGA
This class is by donation making it available to everyone. Open to both new and more experienced students, this gentle class moves at a more relaxed pace. Modifications are woven into this class to foster an inclusive community.
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 (hand gestures), eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify 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.
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.
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 offers a 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 of movements, and then you experiment with easier and healthier alternatives. Feeling comfortable and moving without strain are integral to the method.
Come move, breathe, play and relax together! Family yoga is an 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!
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