By offering classes for all ability levels, student are able to build a sound foundation before moving on to the next level. For each ability level, teachers present specific poses, breathing techniques, and concepts that build over a ‘session’ of 13 weeks. Throughout the ‘session’, teachers encourage repetition and deep exploration of poses to help students build physical strength and increase flexibility & mindful awareness.
Learn basic standing, seated and supine poses with attention to precision of movement and body alignment. Explore yogic breathing and linking breath with movement. Build strength and flexibility in the entire body through repeating a series of basic yoga poses each week. Poses are added to the series as the session progresses. Under guidance of the teacher, modify poses to increase flexibility. Hold poses longer to build strength as the session progresses.
Refine poses learned in ‘Yoga Basics.’ Learn standing, seated and supine poses that develop balance, increase flexibility in the hips and hamstrings, and poses that build strength in the upper body and core. Hold poses longer and build sun salutations to build stamina and deepen breath awareness.
A dynamic class that focuses on building strength, increasing flexibility, and preparing the body for a deeper practice. Increase flexibility in the hips, back, and hamstrings while strengthening the abdomen, back, and upper body through standing poses, balancing poses, forward bends, back bends, revolved poses, and hip-openers. Focuses on precision of movement to maximize the benefits of poses. Modify poses as flexibility increases and hold poses longer to build strength as the session progresses. Arm balances and inversions (headstand, shoulder stand, and handstand) are introduced with step-by-step instruction. Explore breathing techniques.
Build strength and stamina by flowing from pose to pose in this moderately-paced class. Emphasis is on sun salutations, maintaining steady yogic breathing, standing poses, seated poses, and twists. In this fun, flowing class poses are linked together in sequences that focusing on pairing breathing with movement to stretch the body while releasing tension and clearing the mind. Poses may be held between flow sequences to build strength.
Offered at an Intermediate level, this class combines traditional yoga poses & breathing techniques with functional movements designed to build strength in your whole body. Emphasis is placed on training your muscles to work together to prepare them for daily tasks, sports, or work. Each class is designed to build strength in areas that lead to improved stability, balance, and focus. Students are offered a variety of modifications in order to challenge themselves, at their level, with the guidance of the teacher. Some yoga experience is helpful!
This slower, more meditative style of yoga focuses on developing greater self-awareness, balance, strength, flexibility, and ease using adapted, modified postures. Through body and breath awareness practices, students develop skills for injury prevention, greater resilience, improved mood, stamina, and overall health. The use of props including blankets, blocks, chairs and bolsters makes postures accessible and safe for people with various physical challenges and chronic conditions. The Relaxation Response or rest and digest mode, requires training which this class provides. This class is appropriate for students of all ages and ability levels, and may be especially beneficial for students with physical health challenges, depression and anxiety, seniors, and those recovering from minor injuries.
In this slow-paced class standing, supine and seated poses are done with the support of blankets, blocks, chairs, and other props. Emphasizes strengthening and improving flexibility, developing body awareness, and learning to move with proper alignment and support of props. This class may be appropriate for seniors, anyone recovering from minor injuries, and for those with chronic physical conditions. Beginners welcome!
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects 55,000 Americans. It weakens bones and increases the risk for serious fractures of the spine and hips. Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall developed a yoga practice, accessible to everybody, that has been shown to improve bone density in 80% of their study participants. In this class you will learn important information about osteopenia and osteoporosis, the 18-20 poses that were chosen specifically to strengthen and increase bone density and modifications of the poses to keep you safe. Forward folding and Sun Salutations will be avoided in this class. Each student will move through the three levels of poses to reach their fullest potential. Props are available as needed. In this class you will strongly engage your muscles and use oppositional force to encourage the bones to improve their density. Missy will help you to move safely through the varying levels of the poses to help you reach your highest form.
Increase your flexibility while moving through a series of movements specifically designed to build strength in the core muscles of your abdominals, low back and gluteals. This class emphasizes precision of breath and body movement with special attention to postural alignment, stability and strength. No previous experience with yoga or Pilates is necessary.
This donation-based class provides a powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of the 12-step programs. Open to anyone dealing with addictive thoughts or behaviors in their lives or those affected by the addictive behavior of a loved one. Class starts with a reading from appropriate literature, sharing our experiences (voluntarily) and then taking it to the mat for a guided yoga practice and meditation. No registration necessary.
2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
The donation-based offering expands upon the practice of mindfulness meditation and gives an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, cultivating wisdom and deepening compassion towards yourself and others. Instruction is given in a secular, non-religious manner and are suitable for all levels of experience. Each class begins with a guided meditation, then instruction, opportunities for practice (sitting, walking or body scan) and closes with a discussion/question & answer period.
This 90 minute class is geared toward students who wish to explore a wider range of asana and experience the broader benefits of their practice. Students focus on seven fundamental advanced asana and then, when ready, learn & practice a number of more challenging postures. Students should have completed intermediate level yoga or the equivalent. Participants in this class should be able to balance in headstand for at least 1 minute near a wall, stay in shoulder stand and plow for at least 2 minutes each, and have some experience with basic arm balances, twists, hip openers, seated forward folds, and backbends.