YOGA & WELLNESS
This is a mixed yoga practice, with both yang flow and yin holds. After a brief meditation period, we practice a half-hour vinyasa practice, targeting muscle strength and flexibility and moving from one pose to another with careful verbal cues. The rest of the flow is in the yin tradition: poses are held for longer periods of time, targeting the deeper connective tissues. Rooted in the breath, the sequence of standing, seated, and reclining poses builds strength, increases flexibility, improves balance and bone/joint integrity, and quiets the mind. The practice closes with savasana and yoga nidra: a guided, reclining deep relaxation.
This class is accessible to both experienced and new yoga students who have the stability to work on a yoga mat without a support. However, if you have never done yoga before, we ask that you arrange a time with the instructor (at least a week prior to the first class) for a no-cost, individual session to introduce you to basic yoga terms and poses.
If you’ve been wanting to try mat yoga and start at the beginning, with careful attention to form, safety, and breath, this is your class. We will practice the basic yoga poses, using yoga props as needed to make each pose beneficial and comfortable. We will practice with skill and with strength, with mindful attention to our breath. A five-minute savasana, or deep relaxation, will end each practice. You’ll leave feeling stronger, longer, open, and relaxed. Students are asked to inform the instructor of any physical limitations so she can accommodate the poses as needed.
Due to insufficient enrollment, this class will not be offered for the Summer. We expect to offer it again in the Fall.
Chair yoga is a yoga discipline accessible to virtually everyone, regardless of age or physical limitations. In the practice of chair yoga, we move our bodies gently, with full awareness and safety. Depending on how the student is feeling on any given day, poses may be done from a seated or standing position, with the chair always available for a foundation of stability. Yoga poses are modified to make chair yoga an authentic practice. Practice chair yoga and enhance your vitality, balance, and joy.
You may also Drop-In to a class for $5 (pay at the School Office prior to class).
WELLNESS with SOUND
E-407: WELLNESS WITH SOUND – A SINGING BOWL INTENSIVE
Saturday, June 30, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
TUITION: $120. INSTRUCTOR: GREG BURNS
Many cultures around the world have used and still use sound as a powerful tool for wellness and meditation, and today in our society we are just starting to remember and use sound in this manner. For this workshop you are invited to come learn about and experience the deeply healing effects of Tibetan Singing Bowls.
After beginning the workshop with a deep meditation using an array of Tibetan Singing Bowls, we will discuss the history and science of these instruments and how sound interacts with the mind and body. We will discuss the body’s energy centers (chakras) and learn how to assess them. And you will both experience and learn techniques for using one Tibetan Singing Bowl to begin exploring a home practice using sound for your own and/or your family’s wellness. No experience is required. Open to adults. Tibetan singing bowls will also be available for sale at the conclusion of the workshop (prices vary).
Most of us have heard about or directly experienced the benefits that meditation can bring us. Starting the day by meditating offers an opportunity to become clear and calm internally before we move through the rest of our day. These classes will include both a guided meditation portion as well as a sound meditation using Tibetan Singing Bowls. For those less familiar with meditation, both a guided meditation and using sound provide the opportunity provide the opportunity to help achieve meditative states more easily by helping to focus the mind and turn the focus inward. After beginning with a combination of sounds and the guided portion, there will also be time to meditate with just the vibrations of the singing bowls before returning to regular waking consciousness. Time to ground and reflect will be offered before concluding. No experience necessary. Open to ages 16 and above. Nothing required to bring to participate, except possibly a journal for notes after the session.
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am. TUITION: $39 for three weeks, OR, $15 per session. INSTRUCTOR: GREG BURNS
E-408: MORNING MEDITATIONS (3 Sessions)
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am, July 10, 17, and 24
Do you know that our soul is comprised of harmony? -Leonardo DaVinci
Over time all cultures have used sound (music) as a way to achieve states of wellness and joy. Sound can also be used to help us enter into meditative states, which we are learning has tremendous benefit for our well-being. For these classes, participants are invited to relax deeply and simply allow the sounds and vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gong, and more to just wash over and through them, hence why it is called a sound bath. Using yoga mats, pillows, and blankets, attendees will be invited to lie down and get comfortable. After beginning the session with some gentle guided relaxation, Greg will move right into the sounds. For about an hour (or little more), the space will be filled with the harmonic vibrations. After some gentle grounding, time to reflect and ask questions will be offered before concluding the session. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and limit caffeine and food intake prior to the class. Payment reserves you a mat and one blanket for the session. Pillows will be available. You may bring your own mat, pillows, or blankets (but no air mattresses, thank you).
INSTRUCTOR: GREG BURNS