Classes at all levels start with warm-ups and end with deep relaxation, but the body of Hatha classes varies. Some classes move rapidly from pose to pose, others move slowly through gentle joint manipulations. Some incorporate poses from all pose types in a single class; some warm up the body and then focus each class on a specific way of moving the body (back bending for example). Some classes will include partner work. Poses are often repeated several times with new details about alignment or sense awareness introduced with each repetition. Some knowledge of the Sun Salutations or completion of a New Beginners series encouraged.
New Beginners Hatha
The New Beginners Hatha course is a 9-week session for people who have never done yoga before. In this class, postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques and meditation are also integrated. You can expect an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, as we make a full circuit of the body’s range of motion with standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers. This class is for the true beginner. We provide a safe space to begin to explore the practice of yoga.
No previous yoga experience required and encouraged!
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Restorative yoga could just as easily be called “mindful yoga” due to the expanded awareness of self and body that comes through the practice. Slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice. Simply put, you’re able to notice and feel more of the world through your yoga experience.
All levels of yoga experience encouraged and welcome.
Inquiry yoga uses restorative yoga postures as well as guided meditation, imagery and journaling to tap into our most authentic self.
We will use the voices of the Mind, Body, Heart and Soul to break through emotional blocks, debilitating thoughts, unresolved trauma, patterns that don't serve us anymore or any other areas where we may be suffering.
What to expect
Gentle restorative poses held for longer periods of time with modifications for all body types. Sequences are set to music to tap into the inner wisdom of the body and the heart. Time is allowed between postures to journal what is coming to the surface. Support is given and space is held to allow for healing and growth. Part of the practice is debriefing and processing what came up during the sequence, either as a group or one-on-one with me.
All levels of yoga experience are encouraged and welcome.
Private yoga classes and retreats
Allow me to create a private yoga class or personal yoga retreat for you or your group. I am available to create private retreats to fit your unique needs. Contact me to get started.