Yoga Class Descriptions
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India over 3,000 years ago. The word, yoga, comes from the Sanskrit yuj, which means “to yoke” and “samadhi” or “concentration.” Thus, yoga is the practice that aims to connect the mind, body and spirit. The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve liberation.
Yoga is not a religion. It is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. It is essential for taking a mindful movement inward to achieve the true set of self.
Yoga and Ayurveda stem from the same roots…the vedas…and are in deep relationship to one another. Both yoga and Ayurveda strive for the ultimate balance of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is the component that teaches us discipline of harnessing and calming the mind, so that we can truly see reality around us. Ayurveda focuses on the physical balance within the body, but never loses the main purpose of freeing the mind from the physical.
Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. Chair yoga classes typically target those with physical challenges or aging men and women who find a typical yoga session too challenging. It is also a great form of yoga for beginners or anyone who wants to focus on a gentle practice. Just like a regular yoga practice, Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. When standing poses are included in a Chair yoga class, the chair is used to help with and improve balance. Chair yoga may also include pranayama breathing techniques and meditation to promote focus, mental clarity and relaxation.
There is a false perception that yoga is only for women. At A Mindful Movement, in our yoga for mens classes, we work on balancing strength with flexibility. We practice poses to bring freedom to the more inflexible areas: hamstrings, calves, shoulders and chest. The standing poses will improve the flexibility of your feet, ankles, legs and hips. They also develop your strength, balance and endurance. As well as allowing you to open to the awareness of your body, mind, and spirit.
A fitness-based approach to Vinyasa style flow. In a power flow class, you will connect breath and movement through a series of flowing postures. Flow (vinyasa) ties sun salutes, various asanas, and pranayama (breathwork) to build heat, explore energy centers, and increase awareness in the body, mind and spirit. You can expect a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work.
Connects breath and movement through a series of flowing postures. Flow (vinyasa) ties sun salutes, various asanas, and pranayama (breathwork) to build heat, explore energy centers, and increase awareness in the body, mind and spirit. Vinyasa tends towards strength building and flexibility.
Kundalini is the psychologist of yoga. Kundalini is the energy that coils at the base of the spine. This is creative, spiritual energy that is generally untapped, that’s what Kundalini Yoga is for. The idea during class, is to move this energy through the chakras and up into the brain. Your nervous system and body will be totally stimulated, and by the end of the class your whole body should be buzzing with spiritual awareness. It places a huge emphasis on meditation, mantra chanting, and holding postures. This combination of which activates the granular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It is a supreme method to awaken your awareness and take you into your infinite self.
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga which uses a hammock or yoga swing to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. It combines traditional yoga poses, inspired by pilates and dance. Aerial yoga is particularly beneficial for students who spend a long time sitting, have back pain, because it’s a decompressing effect on the body. Aerial yoga has particular benefits for strengthening and stretching the whole body, decompressing the spine, improving circulation, boosting digestion, and strengthening the core.
A guided surrender into quiet, supported postures using bolsters and blankets. Gentle and long-held poses facilitate deep release in connective tissue guiding you towards total relaxation. Gentle yoga is a hidden gem of yoga. Gentle restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance. Through that mental balance you connect to your higher level of consciousness. No yoga or meditation experience is needed and all levels are welcome.
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