Please Note: all levels, including beginners, are welcome in each class. Listed below is an outline of what is usually offered, but the instruction can be tailored to your level of experience. Please come ten minutes early to class and introduce yourself to the teacher and let her know your experience and any limitations, so she can modify the postures as needed. Feel free to ask questions during class if the instructions are not clear.
Beginner: For those new to yoga or those with limited experience. Learn the fundamentals of yoga, different styles, its philosophy, yogic breathing, postures and alignment, use of props, yoga’s benefits and relaxation techniques. After class, one should be comfortable entering into a regular class and/or starting a home practice. This is usually offered as a 4 week series class.
Level 1-2: Learn beginning to intermediate yoga poses and breathing techniques while focusing on alignment, balance, strength and flexibility. Mindful mediation is a part of the class.
Level 2: A little more challenging than Level 1-2 in the sense there are more standing and balancing postures. Breathing techniques and mindful meditation are included.
Gentle/Mindful: Focus on bringing balance to the body and mind through gentle poses, postural awareness, breathing and relaxation. There is an opportunity to deepen your sense of self-awareness. Most of the postures are done while seated on the mat. It is a slower paced class that cultivates deep relaxation.
Chair Yoga: For those recovering from an injury or unable to get up and down off the floor. A variety of poses are done in a chair and some standing poses use the chair as a prop if that is comfortable to do. The focus is on improving balance, restorative breathing techniques, flexibility and mindfulness.
Restorative Yoga: The name seems to imply this class might only be for those who are recovering from an injury or illness. It is for everyone since we all deal with stress in our lives. The antidote to stress is relaxation. Postures are mainly done in a supine or seated position with the use of props to support the body in a passive way, so the poses can be held longer. This allows activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and the release of tension in the mind and body. It is yummy yoga!
Silent Yoga: This class offers a unique opportunity to deepen your awareness of yourself and your practice through stillness and introspection . The teacher calls the poses in and out using the singing bowl…no words are spoken. It can be a very meditative practice.
Connected Warrior Yoga: Yoga is very powerful in managing short and long term stress. The practice of yoga can bring a sense of calm that helps shift the fight-or-flight hyper-vigilante state (sympathetic nervous system) to the desired parasympathetic nervous system. This practice provides practical daily tools to help maintain the mind-body connection. Classes are free and open to service members, veterans and family members
“We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.” ~Judith H. Lasater~
Yoma Yoga, Triangle Area of NC