Be ready for a fun filled class! A variety of variations for a children's classes to introduce children to Yoga in a playful and fun atmosphere! This isn't your typical, introspection and quietly focused adult classes. The poses presented are familiar to the adult classes, with a bit of a twist, lightheartedness and some occasional sound effects and re-naming to fit the needs of the class.
Family yoga classes begin with a welcome song, centering activity and calming breathwork. We continue class by warming our bodies up with a few gentle movements and a sun salutation. A few poses will be introduced as either a mini-sequence or an introduction to a yoga themed game. After a few new poses are introduced we enjoy a playful and imaginative yoga themed game, featuring a few yoga poses. Depending on the groups interests, a story or guided meditation is introduced to begin lowering our energy level, readying us for our relaxation pose in a Savasana, or starfish pose for the really young.
Learn the sun salutations, breathwork and abdominal locks that are the foundations of this dynamic practice. This is a vigorous practice that will produce interenal and external heat, create strength and enhance flexibility. The practice covers approximately half of the primary series.
ASHTANGA HALF PRIMARY SERIES
Known as yoga chikitsa, or yoga strengthening, this is a series of postures designed to strengthen and open up the body. The Primary series focuses on forward bending. The sequence of postures is the same every practice. This a a vigorous style of yoga, be prepared to sweat. This practice includes backbends, inversions and some arm balances.The practice goes until navasana, easing you into regular practice
Explore the primary series in a workshop mode. In this workshop we will go over the jump-back and the jump through, backbend, correct shoulderstand alignment and headstand safety. Practice will stop and start, and questions are encouraged.
LED SECOND SERIES ASHTANGA
Second series ashtanga is known as nadi shodhna- nerve cleansing. This practice involves backbends, inversions and a series of headstands. This workshop will stop and start the practice and offer modifications for postures. Appropriate for ashtanga students, or those with a strong vinyasa practice.
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For your body…stretch and tone muscles, release chronic tension, de-stress and refresh.
For you mind…calm restless thought, cultivate concentration, support mental clarity and confidence.
For your spirit…encourage self-acceptance, honor inner wisdom, and invite deep peace.
What to expect in a Kripalu yoga class:
Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare for yoga postures. The heart of each class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation. No previous yoga experience required. To Learn more about Kripalu Yoga, click here.
"Vinyasa" is from the Sanskrit term "nyasa", which means "to place," and the prefix vi, "in a special way". This flowing practice encourages the conscious connection and placement of the breath and the movement as the practitioner transitions from one posture to the next. As this connection grows it creates an inward appreciation also known as a “meditation in motion”. This class focuses on these qualities as well as on alignment, posture, strength and flexibility. This is a great practice for both the beginner and experienced yogi.
Gentle Yoga/Prenatal with Carol
This gentle Hatha practice is Svaroopa based. Class begins and ends with a relaxing and refreshing guided awareness or savasana where the body is reclined with legs supported by folded blankets. In this position the spine can relax and body soften into the support beneath you. We then go through a spinal sequence where each pose is designed to open and release tension in the spine, each at a different area. The result is a deeper mind-body connection and relaxation as well as an increase in spine flexibility. It is an excellent practice to de-stress, refresh and re-new bringing you back to your Self. This class is perfect for prenatal students as well as anyone looking to relax and unwind deeply and completely.
Restorative Slow Flow Yoga
Taking time to relax deeply is essential to maintaining health and well-being. By sinking into a restorative practice you unravel the damaging effects of chronic stress such as headaches, fatigue, memory loss, poor digestion, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Just to name a few!
Class will begin with gentle flowing movements to warm and prepare the body as well as the mind for deep relaxation. We will then transition to a series of long held, passive postures (supported with lots of props) to release deeply held tension. In doing so we access the body’s natural state of rest and healing – the Relaxation Response – where blood pressure decreases and digestion and immunity improves. Most importantly we will quiet the mind, releasing its constant chatter, so that we can connect more fully, mind and body, here and now. You’ll leave class relaxed and renewed with your batteries completely recharged. You’re going to love how you feel!
Come and practice to a selected playlist or LIVE music designed to enhance your practice experience. Class is all levels, general Hatha yoga. Let the music and the breath move you!