|The Starting Point
If you’re curious as to how Yoga can benefit you, but are
unsure as to where and how to start or are intimidated by large classes, The
Starting Point may be the perfect place for you to begin. With an emphasis placed
on creating an accepting and step-by-step approach to yoga, this class will
introduce basic yoga postures and teach you how to employ the breath to achieve
improved physical awareness and balance.
|Body, Breath & Mind
Create ease, stability and well-being through the
mindful integration of your physical body with movement of breath. In this class,
we will explore how to harness the power of the breath as a bridge between your
mind and body, while respecting your individual needs and capacities. Creative use
of breath-led yoga postures will be sequenced to encourage increased awareness,
strength and flexibility of body. Sound, as a link to the breath and mind, may also
be used in this uplifting morning class.
Core Power Vinyasa
This style of Yoga focuses on the alignment of movement and breath. It is a dynamic and challenging practice that combines strength, flexibility, and balance with flowing poses. Honoring the uniqueness or each person, participants are encouraged to listen to their bodies and do what feels right for them. The class is open to most fitness levels.
|Going Deeper Into Yoga
For continuing students this class will refine the Yoga postures and
include breathing practices and the use of sound, to experience Yoga at a deeper level.
|Moving Into Meditation
As meditation serves to quiet the mind, Yoga postures prepare the body
for sitting, improve breathing patterns, and cultivate internal awareness. Going from the external to
the internal, this class will invite each person to experience the stillness within.
|Strength and Balance
Create fluid strength, resiliency and increased balance
within the body and mind through the use of flowing yoga sequences combined
with supportive breath techniques. As an added dimension, the use of light hand
weights (2-3 lbs.) will be used in combination with postures to improve stamina,
endurance and bone health. In addition, accessing the inner core muscles through
active engagement of the breath with movement will encourage core strength and
|Yoga Study & Practice
Discussion of Yoga philosophy and the cultivation of self-awareness in order to live more genuinely, more confidently, and
with more clarity, will be the focus of this class.
Evidence Based Taiji & Qigong (EBT) This Taiji (Tai Chi) program combines the best of both Eastern philosophy and Western scientific research. It was created by Master Yang Yang, Ph.D. who is recognized throughout the world as one of the top living Taiji master instructors. It is a program for all ages and skill levels. Lisa Walker received her instruction and certification directly from Master Yang, learning the 150 posture form. Lisa also lived in Japan and is a black belt in Shoriji Kempo, a Japanese martial art. Full description [PDF]
|Introduction to Vedic Chant
As an ancient practice of the sages, Vedic Chant
has been passed down through the generations by the art of listening and repeating
with refined attention. Rekindle this method of learning in yourself through
participation in this 6 class series of simple sounds and chants from the Vedas and
other traditions. Improve your focus, memory and breath capacity, while building
self-confidence and the ability to ‘find your voice’. Chanting also has the power to
infuse you with energy, clarity and a sense of outer and inner well-being that
touches the body, breath and emotions. Ability to sing is not a requirement.
OTHER CLASS OFFERINGS
Awareness Through Movement® & The Feldenkrais Method®
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
In Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons,
the teacher verbally guides you through a sequence
of movements aimed at uncovering your natural ability
to move with ease and grace. Anyone, regardless of
age or physical condition, can benefit because the
emphasis is on learning about your self from yourself.
Whether you are looking to ease pain and stiffness,
improve your athletic abilities, or simply find grace
in walking, the heart of the Feldenkrais Method® is about discovering more possibility in your life.
MBSR involves meditation, body scanning,
brief presentations and discussion, and daily stress reduction practices. It is an intensive program that
invites participants to discover their inner capacity to observe the mind, to reduce pain and suffering,
and to find ease in day-to-day living. The MBSR program has been used to address chronic pain
and illness, emotional distress, depression and anxiety, stress reduction, and has a wealth of research
supporting its effectiveness.