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.
The word STILL is defined here as non-interference. The purpose of this class is to hold a space that allows the body to move, express, feel and experience itself from a state of non-interference. How does the body want to move? How does it balance itself when given the opportunity? We will identify, explore and work with discord in the body. Discord is not viewed here as a problem, but rather as the natural design and biology of the body, letting us know in what areas ease and harmony need to be restored. Through undivided attention, curiosity, and slow, guided, freestyle movements, we will utilize our given tools of the breath, hands, mind and gravity to help us link our internal and external environments and bring us back to our natural harmonious state. Please join us, all beings are welcome.
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.
Vipassana meditation, which can be translated as insight meditation, is a simple yet profound practice from among the central teachings of the Buddha. Fundamentally, we simply sit, and know, with full awareness, that we are sitting. More specifically, the practice encompasses two interwoven phases: the development of tranquility (shamatha) that makes way for clear seeing (vipassana) of things as they really are. The practice helps participants cultivate deeper awareness that fosters compassion for self, others, and the world.