Class Descriptions

Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development.  Evolved over thousands of years, Yoga teaches us how to live in harmony with ourselves and our environment.  At Center for Yoga we welcome you just as you are.  We will find the class that meets your needs and help you grow in your understanding of what Yoga has to offer.  We will assist you in cultivating a safe and effective Yoga practice for reaching your wellness potential.  At Center for Yoga we offer Yoga traditions and styles that create a caring environment and welcoming community where students can practice and flourish under the guidance of our kind and experienced teachers.

Prenatal Yoga


For all levels of students in their 2nd and 3rd trimester who do not have pregnancy complications. Gentle poses, breath awareness and deep relaxation help relieve physical discomforts and prepare the body for labor and delivery. *Contact Kathy Stover




Pranayama


Explores the art of breathing. Pranayama is the rhythmic control of the breath, its extension and expansion. Pranayama cleanses and aerates the lungs, oxygenates the blood and purifies the nerves. Private instruction also available. Class taught occasionally.




Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Tension


Do you often have a pain in the neck; or tightness in your shoulders and upper back? In this four session series, learn how the yoga approach can help you release chronic neck/shoulder tension at home and work.




Labor & Delivery Workshop for Couples


This delightful workshop, designed for Mom and partner, will teach breathing and relaxation techniques that will enhance your birthing experience. All levels are welcome. Taught on occasion. Kathy has helped many a couple have a positive birthing experience. *Contact Kathy Stover




Mom & Baby Yoga


Bring your postpartum body back to its former self while you connect and bond with your baby. Nurture yourself and baby, fostering confidence and body awareness. This class is for babies one to six months. *Contact Kathy Stover




Yoga for Common Ailments


Classes focus on the use of yoga for health related conditions (ex: low back pain, sleep issues, depression). Taught by teachers with a deep understanding of specific conditions.




Joint Freeing Series


Through a series of movements this class will gently work through the joints from the feet up the body. Postures are done from a seated or kneeling position but can also be done from a chair. Movements are gentle and designed to improve joint mobility through natural range of motion.




Kids Yoga


An hour of yoga postures and yoga games. Age groups: 4-7 and 7-10yr olds.





Class Descriptions

Prenatal Yoga


For all levels of students in their 2nd and 3rd trimester who do not have pregnancy complications. Gentle poses, breath awareness and deep relaxation help relieve physical discomforts and prepare the body for labor and delivery. *Contact Kathy Stover




Pranayama


Explores the art of breathing. Pranayama is the rhythmic control of the breath, its extension and expansion. Pranayama cleanses and aerates the lungs, oxygenates the blood and purifies the nerves. Private instruction also available. Class taught occasionally.




Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Tension


Do you often have a pain in the neck; or tightness in your shoulders and upper back? In this four session series, learn how the yoga approach can help you release chronic neck/shoulder tension at home and work.




Labor & Delivery Workshop for Couples


This delightful workshop, designed for Mom and partner, will teach breathing and relaxation techniques that will enhance your birthing experience. All levels are welcome. Taught on occasion. Kathy has helped many a couple have a positive birthing experience. *Contact Kathy Stover




Mom & Baby Yoga


Bring your postpartum body back to its former self while you connect and bond with your baby. Nurture yourself and baby, fostering confidence and body awareness. This class is for babies one to six months. *Contact Kathy Stover




Yoga for Common Ailments


Classes focus on the use of yoga for health related conditions (ex: low back pain, sleep issues, depression). Taught by teachers with a deep understanding of specific conditions.




Joint Freeing Series


Through a series of movements this class will gently work through the joints from the feet up the body. Postures are done from a seated or kneeling position but can also be done from a chair. Movements are gentle and designed to improve joint mobility through natural range of motion.




Kids Yoga


An hour of yoga postures and yoga games. Age groups: 4-7 and 7-10yr olds.





Chair Yoga


In this class students benefit from the use of a chair for support throughout the practice, exploring new ways to approach the yoga postures to find balance, strength and adaptability.




Gentle Yoga or Ageless Yoga


Gentle Yoga - Ageless Yoga provides exploration and precise practice of yoga postures and breath while providing the student with more guidance, support and use of props. This class is designed for students 50 years and older. You are never too old to reap the benefits of yoga. Limited enrollment.




Yoga Basics


Offers the opportunity to safely experience beginning yoga poses while exploring breath awareness and developing a deeper connection between mind, body and breath.




Beginner Level


For those new to Yoga and returning students who would like to brush up on the basics before returning to a level 1 class.




Private Yoga Instruction


For individuals and small groups. Please contact a teacher individually for details and prices.




Early Morning Yoga


Will carry you through your workday by warming your heart, energizing your body, and creating a peaceful state of mind. Focus on individual alignment will help you safely experience each pose. Find out how easy it can be to fit yoga into your busy life! *Contact Candace Merkel




Gentle Yoga for Health Challenges


Everyone can do yoga!!! This gentle class is designed for students who want to learn how to modify yoga for their specific health challenges. Each session includes movement (asana), breath awareness/techniques and guided relaxation. Limited enrollment.




Intro to Yoga or Beginners Yoga


This class is typically taught in a 6-8 week session that introduces the novice or those returning from a hiatus from yoga. It focuses on basic elements of the practice to prepare you for entering an ongoing class and feel comfortable and safe.





Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is a highly refined approach to the practice of yoga. Precise alignment, use of props as teaching tools, and modifications of poses according to individual needs are the traditions foundation. Iyengar Yoga is a form of classical Hatha Yoga as developed and refined by Yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This method utilizes alignment and breath to create integrated action and awareness. Because of the nature of this guidance, the practice of Yoga is made accessible for people with a wide range of physical capabilities. The benefits of practicing this tradition of Yoga include physical health and vitality, mental clarity and emotional serenity.

The hallmarks of Iyengar yoga are

• Precision in the poses, utilizing specific anatomical detail to create correct alignment

 

• An orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student's ability both within a class, and from class to class

• The use of props as teaching tools and aids, allowing students of varying abilities to work in the poses with integrity and alignment

• Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose, and individual correction and adjustment of students

• A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise For more information about Iyengar Yoga visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

More information on Iyengar Yoga can be found here.

There is no prerequisite to join a Beginning Yoga class, simply a sense of curiosity and adventure!

Levels are intended to help students find the class best suited to their overall current physical and mental state. Levels help define the non-therapy type classes that are general in nature addressing the whole practice of Yoga through the Asana (posture) practice. Students often spend years in the Level 1 and 2 classes because the practice of Yoga is more about deepening your understanding and practicing with confidence rather than accomplishing more. Mobility and stability and understanding the practice grows gradually, but unmistakably, with consistent practice.

Chair Yoga


In this class students benefit from the use of a chair for support throughout the practice, exploring new ways to approach the yoga postures to find balance, strength and adaptability.




Gentle Yoga or Ageless Yoga


Gentle Yoga - Ageless Yoga provides exploration and precise practice of yoga postures and breath while providing the student with more guidance, support and use of props. This class is designed for students 50 years and older. You are never too old to reap the benefits of yoga. Limited enrollment.




Yoga Basics


Offers the opportunity to safely experience beginning yoga poses while exploring breath awareness and developing a deeper connection between mind, body and breath.




Beginner Level


For those new to Yoga and returning students who would like to brush up on the basics before returning to a level 1 class.




Private Yoga Instruction


For individuals and small groups. Please contact a teacher individually for details and prices.




Early Morning Yoga


Will carry you through your workday by warming your heart, energizing your body, and creating a peaceful state of mind. Focus on individual alignment will help you safely experience each pose. Find out how easy it can be to fit yoga into your busy life! *Contact Candace Merkel




Gentle Yoga for Health Challenges


Everyone can do yoga!!! This gentle class is designed for students who want to learn how to modify yoga for their specific health challenges. Each session includes movement (asana), breath awareness/techniques and guided relaxation. Limited enrollment.




Intro to Yoga or Beginners Yoga


This class is typically taught in a 6-8 week session that introduces the novice or those returning from a hiatus from yoga. It focuses on basic elements of the practice to prepare you for entering an ongoing class and feel comfortable and safe.





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