Classes are designed for adults and for young people who are 12 years or older unless otherwise noted as a "child or teen" class/workshop.
To assist you in finding the classes that just right for you, below you will find that each class falls into one of five categories:
Yin Yoga: A joint and fascia focused practice - these classes are appropriate and accessible to most everyone, from those brand new to yoga to those with extensive yoga experience, from those with mobility challenges to athletes. If you have joint pain - this is your practice for support and relief.
Gentle Yoga: Focused on slow muscle strengthening, stretching, and balance, these classes are appropriate for all levels of yoga student who prefer a slower, detail-oriented pace, including beginners coming to yoga for the first time.
Mixed Level Yoga: Building on the basics, these practices increase the complexity of the practice while still offering multiple options and variations so each person can create the level of challenge and ease that is right for them. The practice is based on "salutations" and leads students from standing to being down on the floor many times in each class and thus is not recommended for those currently having mobility challenges. This class is perfect for physically active beginners and those with yoga experience.
Vinyasa Yoga: Moderate to dynamically paced practices that integrate intermediate to advanced yoga postures that is most suited for those with familiarity with the yoga poses or those who are relatively new to yoga but are looking to complement their existing physically active practices.
Feldenkrais Method: A gentle, therapeutic and simple movement modality that stimulates neural pathways of the brain and thus the brain's communication with tissues in the body in order retrain out of patterns of pain or stress and bring ease and increased freedom of movement.
Qi Gong: Gentle breath and movement meditation that is easy on the joints and calming for the mind. This practice does not require getting up and down from the floor. Qi Gong can be done standing or seated and both will be instructed.
Kids/Family/Teens: Specialized classes and workshops designed just for children, teens, and families. This portion of our studio offerings is in its beginning stages. Look for this area to grow in the coming months.
Joint, fascia, and connective tissue practice - Accessible to almost everyone!
Yin Yoga is practiced entirely on the floor and uniquely serves joints, multiple layers of connective tissues and fascia. This practice is characterized by its slow, meditative pace utilizing muscularly relaxed postures that are held for longer periods of time. The approach allows for the muscular body to soften in order to modestly stimulate ligaments, fascia, and joint capsules. Yin Yoga's simple repertoire is unique for the health of the low back, spine, hips, sacrum, and knees. The intentional and systematic activation of the connective tissues and fascia encourages long-term health, flexibility, mobility, and pain reduction/relief. Themes of nourishment, insight, wisdom, and subtle energy pathways are presented throughout the practice to soothe the nervous system thus naturally drawing the mind inward into a calm, relaxed, and meditative state.
This practice is appropriate for most people - from brand new beginners to those who are quite familiar with yoga practices. Yin Yoga is great for those experiencing joint pain due to lack of movement (degeneration) or those athletes who experience joint challenges due to muscular over-use (deterioration)... and all of us in between.
Classes meet Mondays at 10:00am, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 8:15am and 10:00am - See Schedule.
The only "requirement" for Yin Yoga is to be able to get down onto the floor at the beginning of class and get back up at the end. If getting up and down from the floor is an issue, consider looking for a gentle chair yoga practice - class or video. We intend to offer chair yoga in the near future.
BEGINNER and GENTLE YOGA
Gentle muscle practices that are great for newbies as well as those who prefer a slower paced practice.
GENTLE YOGA with YIN and RESTORATIVES
This calming, stress-relieving yoga practice offers a gentle approach to stretching and strengthening the body gradually through poses that are practiced in a slower pace. Emphasis is given to breath and building foundational alignment. Restorative poses with gentle twists and prop-supported forward and back-bend poses will be included in each class to allow for deep relaxation and rest. This practice is recommended for all levels of students including those who are coming to yoga as beginners.
Class meets Mondays at 5:00pm - See Schedule
This class focuses on building a solid foundation in basic yoga poses and is appropriate for those who are brand new to yoga as well for students who prefer to practice on refining the subtle aspects of the poses. Emphasis is given to the quality of breath and how linking breath to conscious movement provides a depth of physical and emotional steadiness and calmness.
Class meets Wednesdays at 10:00am - See Schedule
GOODNIGHT MOON: GENTLE FLOW AND RESTORE FOR BETTER SLEEP
Allow evening yoga to become your new bed time ritual, preparing your mind and body for a peaceful night's sleep. In this practice, you will be guided through a gentle flow designed specifically to discharge the physical, mental, and emotional holdings of the day. Transitioning into restorative postures for the remainder of the class, you will sink into the comfort of props and the calming qualities of your breath so that you will return home ready for a restful slumber. This class is appropriate for those who are brand new to the yoga practice as well as experienced yogis.
Class meets Thursdays at 7:30pm - See Schedule
PRIME YOGA 55+
Prime Yoga is a safe and sane approach to yoga, designed specifically for the needs of people over 55 and focuses on building and maintaining physical strength, flexibility, joint range of motion, and stress reduction. Gentle yoga practices have become the most popular forms of exercise for adults over 50 years as it provides mental and physical benefits including: improved balance, increased core strength, reduced back pain, reduced stress, improved sleep, increased flexibility and range of motion, increased energy, intelligent expansion of spiritual connection and joyful community.
Class meets Mondays at 3:00pm - See Schedule
MIXED LEVEL YOGA
Balancing gentle poses with more challenging and heat building options, these practices are designed for those with yoga experience or beginners who are already otherwise physically active.
Fascia Release, Slow Flow and Restoration
Fascia is the largest sensory organ - a vast living fabric matrix that wraps, holds together, and communicates throughout all structures in the body. Celebrating the essential role that fascia plays in an easeful range of motion, this class will begin with gentle fascial release techniques by ultilizing specialized tools, props, and postures. This will aid ease of movement as the class progresses into gentle/mixed level sequences of yoga postures that are inspired by seasonal rhythms and support physical and emotional well-being. Each class will wind down into a restful and mindful experience of restorative poses, pranayama (breath work), and/or meditation.
Class will meet Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm - See Schedule
Slow Flow balances muscular movement and relaxation. This slow-paced vinyasa practice weaves poses that strengthen and stretch the body together with extra restful, centering, and meditative poses to support the nervous system and cultivate a calm state of being. This class is suitable for physically active beginners as well as yogis that enjoy the flow of Vinyasa but prefer the ease of mind and mediation that a slower, quieter practice can bring.
Class meets Fridays at 9:00am - See Schedule
These are moderately/dynamically paced classes and are best suited for those who are familiar with the foundational alignment of the poses and are looking for a more physically challenging practice.
VINYASA FLOW (with Yin)
The heart of vinyasa flow is the rhythmic connection between movement and breath. These creative sequences are moderate to dynamic in their pace, introduce intermediate/advanced poses and cater to those who prefer a more active and invigorating practice. Modifications are given throughout so that each participant has options to customize the practice to fit their individual needs. Muscular practice are excellent for aiding the body's detoxification process, strengthening muscle and bones, releasing physical/emotional tension, and lends well to building self-confidence. Because of the pace of this class, it is recommended for students have foundational familiarity with the yoga practice and are otherwise regularly active.
Class meets Sundays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 10:00am - See Schedule
Yoga Sculpt is a dynamic, total body workout that uses Sun Salutation A and B as its base and supplements the practice with strength training through the use of three and five-pound weights. Boost your metabolism, build lean muscle mass, and strengthen bone density by adding weight resistance to your practice. Students can expect squats, planks, and cardio along with light weight lifting. Yoga Sculpt is a great mix of mind and body from which active beginners and those with more experienced fitness levels can benefit.
Class meets Tuesdays at 6:00pm - See Schedule
A gentle, therapeutic and simple movement modality that stimulates neural pathways of the brain and thus the brain's communication with tissues in the body in order retrain out of patterns of pain or stress and bring ease and increased freedom of movement.
Feldenkrais lessons consist of accessible, comfortable, and gentle movements, generally performed on a mat or floor, and gradually evolve into movements of more complexity. Through nurturing instruction, students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and learn new ways to expand their approach to accessing mobility. Within the Feldenkrais method, each series of exercise are used as means to re-engage the nervous system in a way that increased ease, range of motion, and improves flexibility and coordination. Within this group lessons, practices will be tailored to each individual's needs and ability in service of improving the quality of each person's life. After each practice, participants state that they leave feeling more energized, flexible, and feel their brain/nervous system are more awakened for possibilities. The goal of each lesson is to "make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant."These classes are accessible to ALL levels of abilities.
Class meets Mondays at 12:00pm (starts 1/28/19) - See Schedule
Focused on gentle breath and movement meditation, Qi Gong is accessible to everyone. The practice is easy on the joints and calming for the mind and does not require getting up and down from the floor. Qi Gong can be done standing or seated and both will be instructed.
Qi Gong contains aspects of martial arts, moving meditation, visualization, and relaxation. Join your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist, Dr. Sam Francis, as she walks you through the gentle and basic stances and concepts of this useful form of movement for physical and emotional health.
Class meets Tuesdays at 12:00pm - See Schedule
LITTLE OM YOGA: YOUNG CHILD (STRONG WALKERS-5 YEARS OLD) AND PARENT/CAREGIVER YOGA SERIES
Come play with us and learn yoga through song, movement, poses, and imagination. In this special parent and child practice, explore different ways that breath can be used to cultivate confidence and a state of inner ease. The benefits to children who practice yoga are numerous and long lasting! Yoga is not only great exercise but also gives children the tools they need to learn how to treat themselves and their bodies with respect and kindness. Studies on yoga for kids indicate that children who practice yoga are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress, and self-soothe. Through yoga children can develop concentration, focus, flexibility, and coordination while strengthening the connection between the right and left sides of the brain. Most importantly, yoga helps children to view themselves with kindness and compassion. It encourages self confidence and boosts their self-esteem while engaging their imagination.
Class meets Fridays at 10:45am and begin on January 4th, 2019 - Email email@example.com to be notified of next session or visit our workshop website.
YOGA FOR KIDS (ages 6-10 yrs)
Yoga for kids is a fantastic way for kids to learn at an early age how to connect with thoughts and feelings while building strong, confident bodies. This workshop provides an opportunity for children to explore the basics of breath (pranayama) and postures (asana) through song, games, and movement while forging bonds in their community. Yoga is not about how flexible one is but rather how present and plugged into life one is. Yoga for kids cultivates a sense of self-care, respect, and trust and offers children skills that ripple out into their every day life.
Class meet Fridays at 4:00pm and begin on January 4th - Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of next session or visit our workshop website.
YOGA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (ages 11-13 yrs)
Yoga comes to life through creative yoga sequences, journaling, cooperative games, breath work, and meditative awareness. Yoga can be a valuable tool in bridging the gap between childhood and becoming a teenager through positive body imaging, communication, and self-expression. Led by Alison Kennedy, a yoga instructor and teacher with 17 years of experience specializing in childhood development, tweens will explore poses that build strength, balance, flexibility, and focus while cultivating useful day-to-day techniques for quieting their minds, moving held stress out of their body, and cultivating confidence in a non-competitive and emotionally supportive environment.
Please email machelle@rootsandriveryoga if you are interested in being notified when classes start again.