Prenatal Yoga with Maura Wilson Schneider

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This training will give Yoga Teachers a basic understanding of the special needs, strengths, limitations, and counter indications of the pregnant body.

We will explore the physical changes to a woman's body during each trimester of pregnancy and the ways prenatal yoga can prevent and alleviate discomforts. We will discuss the broader benefits of a prenatal program and issues that may arrive when pregnant students attend general population classes. Sign up here $45/$37 early bird by Feb. 24th - 3 CEC's for yoga teachers.

Yin Yoga

Traditional yoga was more yin-like hundreds of years ago than it is now. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika was the first book to introduce 15 yoga poses and they are all seated or supine - basically yin poses. People worked hard physically each day and needed a chance to find a firm seat for stillness and quiet. (Shtira, Sukha Asanam) As modern day lives became more sedentary, yoga became more active, so even though there are quiet poses for reflection in traditional “yang” yoga classes, it became apparent that something else was needed for balance. 

What's the psoas?

We had a great time soaking up as much as we could from Brian Lam yesterday in his 4 hour anatomy workshop. He thought we might end early but we ended a little later than scheduled loosing track of time as we tried to expand our knowledge of asana and match it to the musculoskeletal system. With steady practice and memorization, he said, we'll all have greater understanding. I was impressed with how much some of our students already knew and how others picked up on the terminology so easily as we learned about origin/insertion points of muscles, the movers and shakers, or, uh, prime movers, antagonists and synergists in a pose. Good work everyone! And now as Pat so aptly said, it's time to bone up! 

Anatomy for Yoga with Brian Lam

Ever wonder what the PSOAS muscle is? Or what's stretching when you are in Trikonasana? In this workshop we will review the anatomy of body and how it relates to yoga asanas. We will review bones and muscles of the body, range of motion and major muscle groups in relation to movement and specific to yoga poses. This workshop is a great foundation to anyone's yoga practice. You will be able to visualize what muscles are being stretched and what muscles are flexed. Teachers and teacher trainees will learn how to assess a class and cue correctly using terminology to guide your students. This workshop is also open to any yoga practitioner who is curious about anatomy, and yoga teachers will earn 4 CEC's.

$60/$50 Early Bird by 1/20/17 Sign up here!

Contemplating the Essence of the Yoga Sutras

With Guest Teachers: BelovedYoga's Maryam Ovissi & Jafar Alexander

January 8th, 2017, 1:00-5:00

As one build's their connection to the process and practice of Yoga, one will inevitably arrive to the doorway of the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras offers us clear insight into the why, how and what of Yoga. The 196 Yoga Sutras as codified by Patanjali are inspired by the teachings of the Upanishads. We will share insight in the origins of Yoga as well as why the last school of philosophical thinking in India was Yoga.

Jafar and Maryam will share insight that is essential not only for the Yoga Teacher but also for the Yoga Practitioner. Come spend an afternoon exploring the Yoga Sutras and how to utilize them in the practice of Yoga. Sign up here!

4 CEC's for teachers — $80/$65 early bird discount by Dec 15

NEW: Core & Stretch / TIME: Kundalini starts at 4:00

Lauren Rogers is bringing us a new class open to all levels: Core & Stretch.

It is designed to strengthen your core and increase range of motion throughout the body. This class works every part of your core – the area between your neck and hips – and incorporates arm and leg strength to gain stability. Deep stretch sequences to lengthen your muscles will ensure the newly acquired strength comes with flexibility and resiliency too. Much of the class is mat work, before coming to standing poses to use the stability gained by strength for balance. This class will improve posture, decrease back pain and give you a solid foundation for other physical activities.

Beginning November 6th, the first day of Eastern Standard Time, Kundalini "falls back" to start at 4:00.

Peggy will bring us a new series of kriyas for November to help us adapt to the changes in time and temperatures, leaving us feeling in tune with the world around us.

New Classes in September

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Jen Martin's Tuesday night Yoga for Strength is now scheduled from 5:15-6:15, followed by Vinyasa Flow at 6:30.  

Lauren Rogers will begin teaching PiYo on Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 starting September 1st, so come and give it a try! PiYo is a format that keeps you moving with pilates and yoga movements you will be familiar with. PiYo introduces you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can give you a good cardio workout while lengthening and toning your muscles and increasing your flexibility. This class is followed by Vinyasa Flow at 6:30.

Beginning September 11, Peggy Lindauer's Kundalini Yoga will be on the schedule each Sunday from 5:00 - 6:15 to give you a chance to explore this practice to build physical vitality, balance your nerves, and increase consciousness. This class is suitable for all levels.

Sivananda Yoga

Anne Petrov

Anne Petrov

Sunday, August 23, 5:00 - 6:15, Register under Enrollments - $15

In the 1940s, Swami Sivananda developed a yoga which he called "the yoga of synthesis", which included relaxation, pranayama, meditation and, of course, asanas with 12 classical postures performed in a particular order. We will do a traditional class together, complete with opening and closing mantras, pranayama and a brief meditation. We'll explore some of the theory behind the 12 postures (inspired by Kundalini yoga) and also the health benefits. For some, this will be an introduction to pranayama. We'll also focus on the breath throughout the class and underline the importance of deep relaxation. Time permitting; we can talk about using a mala to help develop a relaxed and concentrated mind, important for your own meditation practice.

Anne Petrov lives within walking distance of the Sivananda ashram in Orleans France. She did her teacher training, advanced teacher training and sadhana intensive at the ashram, where she also teaches and does ayurvedic massage. Sign up here!

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for the Full Moon

Peggy Lindauer

Peggy Lindauer

Sunday, August 14, 5:00 - 6:15, Register under Enrollments - $15

The full moon is a time for cleansing, letting go, or changing direction. During the full moon our glands are most active, which might make us feel out of sorts, in one way or another; restless, angry, or confused. But we can channel that energy, using the pressure on the glandular system to accelerate emotional wellness and healing on all levels.

In anticipation of the full moon, we’ll practice a kriya (sequence of postures, movement and breath) for the glandular system, followed by a meditation that nurtures our innate ability to feel peaceful and secure. Sign up here!

 

Yoga Nidra July 17th at 6:30

Sign up online just like a regular class and use your account to pay or buy a drop-in class. No previous experience is required, so bring a mat to sit or lay on, dress comfortably, and just relax!

Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world of his true self by listening to verbal instructions. This is different than meditation where concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner withdraws four of the senses, and only listens to the instructions.

Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Yoga nidra reveals that aversion and attachment to any changing state are the driving forces that fuel chronic stress, conflict, anxiety, depression, insomnia and lack of peace. Yoga nidra is a process that enables you to find and relinquish your hidden aversions and attachments. As you move through this guided meditation toward the unchanging and whole being you are, stress, conflict and tension melt away, revealing happiness, contentment, and peace.