Led Ashtanga Beginner
This group class begins with instruction on correct breathing and focus points of the Ashtanga Method, and then works to integrate proper breathing with movement. We will learn Sun Salutations and the standing postures of the Primary Series, taking time to explore the alignment and subtleties of each pose. If needed the teacher will offer modifications. We may also explore the first seated postures, time permitting, and will finish with the final three closing postures. This class is a wonderful staring place for beginners or for anyone looking to slow down and get back to basics.
Led Ashtanga Beginner Plus
Tuesdays 7:45pm – 9:00pm
This group class first reviews the breathing technique and focus points of the Ashtanga Method and then flows through Sun Salutations and the standing postures of the Primary Series. We will also explore the first seated series postures taking time to break down the technique of the seated transitions, and, time permitting, introduce some of the additional closing postures. This class is a great place for students of all levels with some yoga experience.
Led Ashtanga Open Level
Wednesdays 7:45pm – 9:00pm
This group class flows through the first part of the Primary Series working with the needs of the group up until around the “Half Primary,” point, introduces more Sanskrit counting and more of the finishing series postures. It is open to students of all levels with yoga experience.
Led Ashtanga Primary Series (Intermediate/Advanced Level)
This exhilarating group class moves through the entire Primary Series with the traditional vinyasas counted in Sanskrit. Traditional Sanskrit mantras open and close the practice, and the focus is on pacing and mastering the more challenging postures in a safe setting. This class is appropriate for Ashtanga practitioners or drop in students with yoga experience, it is not appropriate for beginners.*
*Students with an existing Ashtanga practice have the option to move with the group until “Half Primary” (or until their “last posture”) and then begin their finishing series, take rest and leave the class early. This allows newer students who might not be ready to attempt all of the postures to attend. If interested, please ask your teacher for more details.
Yin & Restorative Yoga: When a joint is underused, the connective tissue loses elasticity. In yin yoga we compress connective tissue, rather than stretch them by gently holding long seated poses. Restorative yoga uses props to safely and comfortably support the body in supine yoga poses, fostering complete relaxation. Combined, these two practices allow students to let go of any holding; relieving stress and tension. Great compliment for active practices or students looking for an after spa-like feel. Students of all levels and those recovering from injuries welcome. Light chanting music is played.
These evenings provide an easy introduction into Buddhist meditation practices. No previous meditation practice required. All are welcome. Chairs will be provided for those who can’t sit on the floor.
In this mediation course we will focus on the meditation method of Ānāpānasati meaning “mindfulness of breathing” (“sati” means mindfulness; “ānāpāna” refers to inhalation and exhalation). This central method can be described as the core of Buddhist meditation and was originally taught by the Buddha in several sutras including the Ānāpānasati Sutta and found his way to all different schools of Buddhism like Tibetan, Zen or Theravada as well as western-based mindfulness programs like MBSR (Mindfulness Based StressReduction) by Jon Kabat-Zin.
Anapanasati means to feel the sensations caused by the movements of the breath in the body. According to this meaning this course is designed to learn and to experience how to still the mind through establishing a constant awareness of these sensations, how to deal with distraction like thoughts and emotions during the meditation and how to apply the benefits of it into your daily life.