Yin and Pilates Yoga
Yoga/Pilates/Ball – With Paula Scopino.Wring out your sponge! Yoga asanas (poses) work from the inside out. Focus on your center. Using abdomen, lower back and buttocks as an anchor or power center, the rest of the body moves safely through a variety of poses.Benefits include improved posture alignment, abdominal and back strength and flexibility - a series of movements engaging body, mind, and breath. Elongates muscles as it strengthens and stretches. Flushes blood through internal organs.
Yin Yoga – With Mark Fahey. Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that targets the connective tissue to release long held tension and toxins. Unlike other styles of yoga that focus on muscle tissue, Yin Yoga focuses on the ligaments and tendons that connect the muscles to bone and bone to bone to encourage deeper opening and space in the joints. It is based on the ancient principles of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and meridian theory. The intention of Yin Yoga is to open the energy lines of the body to stimulate and detoxify the liver, spleen, bladder and other organs through a series of complimentary postures. The poses are held passively for longer periods of time than other styles of yoga (usually 3-5 minutes) in order to safely and gently open the body, mind and energetic channels. Yin Yoga is an essential complement to any dynamic physical regimen or a perfect way to begin on a path towards health and wellness. All of the poses are within the ranges of motion of most beginners will noticeably enhance their movement in daily life.
Give it a Rest! Yoga to Restore and Heal - With Catherine Sarni and Melissa Emma (Rotating). This gentle class consists of a series of supported postures designed to increase the body’s natural relaxation response and make energy available for restoration and healing. By surrendering into each posture for several minutes deeply supported by blankets, bolsters, walls and other props, you will find a place of great peace, contentment, and relaxation. Benefits also include lowering heart and respiration rates, reducing anxiety, and improving digestion. This class is for anyone who wants to give their mind and body the time they need to rest and can be particularly helpful for those dealing with chronic stress and fatigue or who are recovering from an illness or injury. This may not be suitable for those who are pregnant or cannot lie flat for periods of time as most postures are done on the floor. Please talk with the instructor prior to class if you have any questions.
Restorative Yoga Therapy - With Maureen Dagon. This yoga class is for relaxation, restoration and renewal of the mind, body and spirit. It promotes positive health of the central nervous system, skeleton, muscles and all the meridians of the body. This is accomplished thru a series of postures held with support of props (ie: bolsters, blankets, blocks, neck pillows, etc.) in a gentle, passive manner, releasing muscular tension and mental stress.Pre-registration required.