Adult Classes

Class Descriptions

This is a body conditioning routine that helps improve core control, coordination, balance, and posture through body awareness. Emphasis is on precise alignment, breathing and efficient sequencing of movement. The goal is to use effective movement strategies to build long, lean muscles and increase flexibility and coordination, and it will also support your yoga practice. There are countless different movement phrases, which are performed seated, standing, on all fours, or lying on your back, side, or front.

Core and More with Jen – Jen’s Core and More is a conditioning class that borrows exercises from the traditional Pilates repertoire, but modifies them to make them accessible for everyone from beginners, to experienced yogis, to dancers- it is core work for every body! Emphasis is on precise alignment, breathing, and sequencing of movement. The goal is to use efficient movement strategies to build long, lean muscles, increase flexibility and coordination, and strengthen the muscles of the powerhouse (abs, low back, pelvic floor, hips, and glutes). It is a wonderful complement to your yoga practice, and also good for runners, golfers, and swimmers. Exercises are performed lying on the back, stomach, side, in quadruped (all fours), seated, and standing. Students often comment on how they feel taller, leaner, and have less aches and pains due to alignment imbalances when taking class regularly.

Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hathavidya with Joseph- This Hatha class centers on self-observation and acceptance through the practice of asana (postures). Strong emphasis is placed on the breath to support the body and steady the mind. We will hold postures and fine tune them with alignment cues. Learning how to take the poses effectively and safely. It is generally an intermediate class and will be tuned to best serve the students who come to practice.

Hatha Flow with Amy- Amy’s Hatha Flow classes are an invitation to explore the depths of your own body, mind, and heart. Classes are a skillful blend of healthy alignment, kinesthetic awareness, and practical wisdom to open you to greater levels of strength and healing. “My Hatha Flow classes are open level. I welcome students from all yogic traditions, and any level of experience, to come as they are and lead with their hearts!”

Hathavidya with Lisa- This practice includes ancient breathing, asana, mantras, relaxation and meditation techniques that are practiced to remove negative states of mind, promoting positive thinking, leading to higher states of physical and mental health.

These specific practices are based on gaining true power founded in Self-knowledge and are initiated by sitting with the teacher and with continued self-practice to present a complete holistic system that creates stability in body, mind and spirit.

The emphasis of Hathavidya practice is for the student to develop their own way – a perfect path of yoga.

Iyengar Yoga is HATHA Yoga in the method of Living Yoga Master, B.K.S. Iyengar. This method focuses on precise alignment and the use of modifications in asanas (poses) and the skillful use of props (belts, blocks, blankets, chairs). This step-by-step, systematized method allows the classical asana (and thus it’s benefits) to become accessible to ALL regardless of flexibility, fitness level, age, or body type. Working from the outside in, the mind can become quiet and the student can experience what B.K.S. Iyengar describes as “Meditation in Action.” This is also a great class if you are a brand new beginner.

Iyengar with Nancy- Nancy has a love and enthusiasm for the practice of Yoga and the Iyengar method. She welcomes all levels to this class for all can benefit! You can expect to explore Sanskrit Chanting and Yoga Philosophy along with a Sequence of Yoga Asanas. Students learn how one pose leads to the next; sequential learning with emphasis on precise alignment, the Iyengar way.

Vinyasa, meaning ‘flow’, merges movement with the breath. Many Vinyasa classes focus on breathing and seek to move students through a sequence of postures as the breath flows in and out. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes chanting, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher. Classes will vary in their range of difficulty and teachers will offer variations for different levels. Beginners are welcome in all open level classes.

Hatha/Vinyasa with Rian- Combining asana and the vibrational power of sound, Rian teaches spacious, tangible, blissfully grounded yoga. This class is a slow meditative but energetic flow that allows the space for deep opening of the body and heart.

Vinyasa with Lisa- Vinyasa translates “to place in a special way”. Lisa teaches from the Hatha philosophy in the Vinyasa style, creating each class on a theme, and incorporating pranayama, mantra and meditation. Strong attention is given to alignment.

Vinyasa with Shawna- Shawna encourages creative, playful exploration to find your body’s fullest expression in each pose and your heart’s fullest offering of Light in every movement. She brings a sense of welcome to the table; excitement and enthusiasm for your transformation; and a sense of connection towards authentic living and remembrance of Spirit. Drawing upon Hatha, Vinyasa, and Prana Yoga styles, Shawna invites openness to ask questions and openness to create dialogue around deeper awareness. She speaks to the structure of each pose and transition with focus on the balance between anatomical alignment and the beauty of the body’s innate wisdom! At times, Shawna will incorporate mudra, mantra, pranayama, philosophy, and will always offer a sacred space in which to explore all things revealed and created in the practice. Whether you are new to Yoga‚ a returning practitioner‚ or seasoned yogi‚ there will always be something for you in Shawna’s classes.

Vinyasa with Joseph- This flow class is set up to create an experience of Self. We explore the body by manipulating the muscles, nervous system, and organs to create an effect of balance and harmony in the mind and body. Come join us and build a deeper relationship with your self as we delve inside and expand consciousness.

Rejuvenating and supported poses that restore the nervous system and dismantle chronic tension. This class is a perfect way to end your week and get your body and mind ready for a lovely weekend.

Restorative with Joanna- End your week by slowing down, turning inward and taking care of yourself. We will devote this time to moving slowly and gently , breathing fully, stretching safely with support, and giving ourselves the time to feel. This class is especially for those interested in holistic self care, relaxation and rejuvenation as well as those new to yoga.

A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. This class will help your body adjust to those changes as well as prepare for labor by maintaining flexibility in the muscles and building strength to ensure an easier labor and post-partum recovery.

Prenatal with Jennie- Jennie’s class offers a forum and support network for women to openly discuss and address the mental and physical changes happening in the body during pregnancy. An asana practice focused on shoulder and hip openers as well as muscle strengthening varies based on the needs and feedback of students in the beginning of each class. We incorporate childbirth education techniques with a focus on breath work (pranayama), and how to use breath in relaxation techniques to guide each woman in preparation for labor and childbirth.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a movement-based approach to human learning and growth. Recognized worldwide for improving posture, flexibility, coordination, and athletic and artistic ability, the method is based on principles of physics, neurology, physiology, and an understanding of the conditions under which the human nervous system learns best. Through our personal history, upbringing, culture, injuries, illness, etc., we each adopt patterns of physical and psychological behavior that become deeply embedded in our nervous system. These patterns often become outmoded and dysfunctional, creating unnecessary physical and psychological limitations. In Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons, students are verbally guided through slow, gentle movement explorations composed around a particular pattern of movement. The instructor draws your attention to different (often overlooked) aspects of movement quality, such as breathing, effort, coordination, speed, and mechanical support. Students typically lie or sit on a blanket on the floor and move only within a range of comfort and control, in order to release long-held muscular habits and discover more efficient and harmonious patterns of self-organization.

Awareness Through Movement with Tessa- Tessa’s teaching is calm and straightforward yet highly detailed, including gentle, personalized feedback for every student. In her classes you will be asked to pace yourself, work only within a range of comfort, and rest as soon as fatigue arises in order to improve the quality of your attention and movement. (In this way, Awareness Through Movement is the exact opposite of “no pain, no gain.”) Through a regular practice of Awareness Through Movement, you’ll find yourself adapting spontaneously to any situation, whether it be sitting better at your desk, moving through your day with more ease and pleasure, exercising with less soreness and fatigue, or responding to pain or stress more effectively. This practice is excellent for those wishing to move more SAFELY toward strenuous exercise, recover from or prevent injury, refine balance, coordination, or specialized artistic/ athletic skills, and reduce stress, tension, or generalized discomfort or inhibition.

Please wear loose-fitting, layered clothing for free and easy movement and adequate warmth.

Tai Chi with John- This class focuses on the traditional Yang Family Long Form of Tai Chi Chuan, with a special emphasis on proper posture, connectedness of movement, and mindfulness. The steady, flowing movements and energetic structure of Tai Chi Chuan are central to its practice both as a form of Qigong, or chi cultivating exercise and meditation, and as a martial art. The form is taught slowly and incrementally to ensure safety and proper technique. The class is for all skill levels, and new students are encouraged to participate.

Meditation with Analisa- This meditation class is open to all levels from beginners to experienced meditators. Each week will begin with gentle guidance and simple instruction followed by a “group dive.” The benefits of a daily meditation practice are plentiful, but to name a few: decrease in stress, lower blood pressure, more energy, better quality sleep, higher productivity and creativity, and improved relationships. Meditating in a group is a wonderful way to begin your practice or deepen an existing one. Coming together each week allows us to be accountable, show up, and support each other on this path. This practice is not affiliated with any religious organization and does not require any particular belief.

Teacher Training Spring 2015

Our Hathavidya 200HR teacher training returns this April! Join us for a FREE Q&A on Saturday, March 7th @ 1PM.

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