Forrest Yoga helps you connect to your core – getting strong and centered. It uses heat, deep breathing (pranayama) and vigorous sequences to sweat out toxins. The long holds in the pose progressions help you flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell as well as refine your relationship to it. For beginners to Forrest Yoga, you learn to connect your breath to intention and connection to feeling in your body. Learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. As your connection to core deepens you awaken the body’s inherent wisdom of self-knowing. This makes it possible for integrity, self awareness & playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.
Experience the joy and empowering exhilaration of moving through creative flow sequences. Expand your understanding of the body’s potential to move with dynamic breath work, structural integrity and energetic awareness. Students will be encouraged to personalize their practice by exploring unique transitions to flow in and out yoga asanas. We will work on core strength so that we can play with inversions and arm balances (or appropriate modifications). Final relaxation will provide for integration of our practice allowing you to move through your day with clarity, compassion and ease.
This is a conditioning class based on the principles and practices of Pilates, yoga and various release techniques that will cultivate strength and flexibility. Using the foundational concepts of Pilates: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision, and breathing, we will bring your body into greater balance and move towards more optimal functioning. We will focus on building core strength and creating better alignment and ease of movement. We will find greater balance from a muscular, postural, and neurological perspective.
AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. Our highest aim is to bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other, and with the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, honored and shared for the benefit of all. Beginner - Intermediate level class. No partner necessary. Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm & Sundays, 12-1:30pm
AcroJams are weekly Sundays 1:30-3:30pm. These individually led AcroYoga practices are collectively constructed. Shared movement in shared space. Accurate self assessment please. Practice safely. No lifeguard on duty. Ages 5 and up, $5/person
Basics / Gentle Yoga
This class is suitable for anyone who would like a gentle, slower paced, stress reducing yoga class. Individuals with physical injuries or limitations, such as arthritis, diabetes, mental stress, postnatal, and other issues will find this class not just helpful, but enjoyable too! The yoga poses will be gentle; mostly floor and wall work with yoga props for comfort. Deep breathing will be taught. This type of yoga helps to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure, stimulates the immune system and much, much more.
Restore & Renew Yoga
How often do you stop, truly relax, and connect with yourself?
Restorative yoga is a powerful healing practice that deepens our relationship to stillness and silence. It addresses the issues we store in our tissues and organs, balances the nervous system, and optimizes the overall energy flow. When you are in passive postures supported by props, using no muscular effort, the focus is on relieving the grip of muscular and inner tension. From that more spacious and receptive space, feelings and emotions are allowed to be released. When our body, mind, and spirit come to balance, our life becomes balanced.
Yoga nidra, or "yogic sleep”, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping in which the body, mind, and emotions are completely relaxed yet the practitioner remains fully conscious. This deep, relaxing state is achieved through guided breathing exercises and simple instructions, such as visualizations or body scans, usually while lying down comfortably. During yoga nidra, one’s brain is immersed in the healing waves of the alpha state, where one’s subconscious mind is open to healthy and positive suggestions, and where deep relaxation aligns their nervous systems to restore the body and mind to homeostasis, manifest desires with intentions and affirmations, and even liberating oneself from their karma. The practice of yoga nidra has been known to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Meditation asks us to mindfully observe the fluctuation’s of the mind and to learn how to lessen our anxieties with breath exercises and thoughtful observation. Through practicing the techniques of meditation the chaos of everyday life is lessened, the agitation of the mind is brought to stillness; Insight and understanding of one’s deeper feelings and responses is cultivated, ultimately bringing greater ability to focus, control, and change our experiences. Learn to cultivate this skillful awareness and receive the long term benefits of a meditation practice!
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 9:30am