|Bhagavad Gita & Practice
The class will begin a study of the classical text Bhagavad Gita, taking one chapter at a time, spanning fall and spring semesters. Anyone interested in learning the central themes of Yoga as presented in this ancient text is welcome to join. Class includes one hour of presentation and discussion, and one hour of practice. Review of the chanting of Yoga Sutra-s will also be a part.
|Body, Breath & Mind
Create increased ease, stability and equanimity through the mindful integration of your physical body with breath movement 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 basic breath-led yoga postures will be sequenced to encourage increased awareness, strength and flexibility of your body, while contributing to your overall well-being and reducing effects of the stress response. This class is perfect for beginners!
|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.
|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.
|Mantra, Movement & Meditation
The use of mantra with breath centered movement can create a rich and transformative effect within a yoga practice. Mantra is simply the repetition (chanted out loud or silently) of a meaningful word or phrase to create a desired connection or effect. When employed with mindful movement, the experience can encompass all dimensions of our being...linking mind, body, breath and spirit. When used to support meditation, mantra helps the mind to stay focused and calm. This class will explore the use of simple mantra in relationship to movement & meditation...providing you with the opportunity to move more deeply into your yoga experience.
|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.
|Retreats for Reflection & Restoration
Allow yourself to be immersed in the rich and restorative experience of a Sunday afternoon
mini-retreat. The threads and tools of yoga will be woven together to support and open your
heart and mind...providing you with stillness and space to connect to the intention of each
session. No yoga experience is necessary.
|Strength and Balance
Confident and fluid movement in your daily activities can be enhanced through a yoga practice, by developing your strength within key supportive muscle groups and by increasing your balance awareness. In addition, by using a combination of dynamic movement and static holds with weight bearing postures, bone strength & resiliency can be improved. In this yoga class series, a variety of balance and weight-bearing postures will be safely explored with supportive breath awareness. Adaptations will be offered based on individual needs.
|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, this 4 class series may be the perfect place for you to
begin. With an emphasis placed on providing an accepting and step-by-step approach to yoga,
The Starting Point will introduce basic yoga postures and teach you how to employ the breath
to achieve improved physical awareness and balance. Dynamic breath-centric movement is
employed to bring attention to the body/breath connection and to increase mental focus.
OTHER CLASS OFFERINGS
Awareness Through Movement® & The Feldenkrais Method®
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.
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]
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The 8 week MBSR course is 27 hours long, which includes one full day retreat.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It involves meditation, body scanning, brief presentations and discussion, and 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. A wealth of research supports its effectiveness.