Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Basics

Restore balance to your life with this light-hearted and joyful class. This class teaches the fundamentals, including sun salutations, standing postures, balancing postures and seated postures. Emphasis is placed on moving with the breath and into and out of postures safely and with correct alignment. This class is for beginners and anyone interested in working on fundamentals.

Boomer Yoga

Energize the years ahead with this series of poses based on Beryl Bender Birch’s Boomer Yoga. This dynamic practice will keep your body young, your mind vibrant and your spirit soaring! Beginners and students of any age are welcome in this class.

Chair Yoga

When we say, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”, we mean it!  If mobility issues are preventing you from fully enjoying our regular drop in classes – or if you just think it would be fun  – chair yoga is for you! This is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support.

Coffee and Conversation:  Free

This monthly free member appreciation event typically takes place after one of our Boomer Yoga classes. Stay after the class or just in special just to socialize. We provide coffee, tea, and some light snacks. You just show up! No registration or purchase of any kind necessary.

Community Class: Free/By Donation

Community classes are by donation and are taught by rotating teachers, including our new and in-training teachers.  Pay an amount of your choosing. Appropriate for any level of yoga experience.

Community Meditation Group: Free

Develop a sense of calm well being by learning  some basic techniques to help quiet the mind and bring more joy into your life. Anyone can do this. Find some peace of mind and great fellowship. This group is FREE and usually meets at the Eliot United Methodist Church – lower level.

FREE Yoga for Veterans

Classes often begin with a guided meditation practice to help connect with the breath and tune in to what’s going on in their mind and body. Students are then led through a series of physical poses, or asanas, like the Forward Folds or Tree Posture. Classes end with a relaxation pose. The simple but effective practices used in the class have been adapted and clinically tested specifically for military service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress or stress associated with civilian readjustment. They can be used to enhance the health of the body and mind, regardless of physical limitation or psychological distress.  Read more…

Morning Flow

Jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing in this light-hearted and joyful class. In this class we will coordinate breathing and movement in a series of postures that are accessible to all bodies. Students are encouraged to make each practice as physically challenging (or not!) as is appropriate. All levels welcome to attend.

Present Power

Present Power is a series of postures conceptualized by our teacher, Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga. This phenomenal practice will open, cleanse, and energize your Body, Mind, and Spirit and re-ignite delight in life. This practice is designed for each student to do as much or as little as they choose to do. It is traditional for beginners to practice right along side of more experienced practitioners. Newer students are welcome to participate to the best of their ability. Prepare to sweat and cleanse in our beautiful studio, heated to 75 – 80 degrees.

Present Power – Intermediate/Beginner

A shorter and slightly slower version of the Present Power Sequence.  This class will cater to those that attend class on any particular day. Variations of postures will be offered that are suitable for beginners and beyond. This class is for any level of practitioner and, as always, do as much or as little as you choose to do. The only thing that you have to do is breathe!

Raise Your Vibration

Have your cake and eat it too! Awaken strength, energy, and flexibility with about 30 minutes of movement appropriate for all levels,  and then settle into a luscious guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra), meditation, or breathing exercise to complete this relaxing and re-energizing experience. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Restorative

Step away from the frenetic activity of daily life and go inward. Restorative yoga is a gentle, relaxing form of yoga and is a wonderful complement to more active practices.  Props are used to support the body in each posture, allowing for complete surrender and relaxation. The lights may be dimmed and if it is chilly, you may be covered with a blanket since you will not be warming up the body the way you would be in a more active class. After you are set up in a posture with all your props, you will hold the posture for an extended period. This class will bring you a sense of peace and calm in a busy world.

Yin

A quiet yet profound and highly therapeutic style of yoga that is available to all students at all levels. The power of Yin is in its long-held relaxed floor postures. This kind of stretch stimulates the deep, connective “Yin” tissues of the body, affecting not only the physical body, but also energetic aspects of the self.  It is a logical balance to dynamic, muscular, “yang” forms of yoga and/ or strenuous exercise.

Yoga and Recovery:  Free / By Donation

Bring attention and awareness to qualities you wish to cultivate both on and off the mat. These may include acceptance, gratitude, patience, awareness of breath, letting go, releasing negativity, being open to receive, or serenity.  By planting the seed of intention into a calm and quiet mind, you invite conditions that allow it to manifest. The yoga postures provide an opportunity to practice your intention in a safe and secure environment, and help build a bridge toward bringing that awareness into life as you step off the mat.

Open to everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. All levels of yoga experience, including none, are welcome.

Yoga Nidra

Experience the bliss of the simple, yet powerful practice called Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep – an extended period of deep, guided relaxation. This class is for any level of physical fitness or experience. No prior experience with Yoga or Yoga Nidra needed – all are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing.