Functional Approach to Yoga and Meditation
Yin yoga is a bridge between an active, yang yoga practice to the stillness of a meditative practice. Yin yoga is like a series of short meditations, with enough movement to keep the mind engaged, but not too much that we get lost in the busy-ness of constant posture change. With time and patience, you’ll develop the skills to respond to daily ups and downs of life naturally. As you gather more experience, you’ll start to notice the difference. You’re calmer, less reactive; events come and go with less stress. In this short special class, we’ll share with you how we approach yoga and meditation functionally. We’ll share with you how yoga and meditation are for everyone — and everyone can benefit from it.
Whether it’s getting ready for the day or taking time to slow down for the evening, this one-hour class will focus on gentle poses and work with the breath to release tension and stress. Enjoy a slower-paced, nurturing practice, incorporating yin and restorative poses.
Moving (Yang) with Yin
Spend some time for yourself to get connected with your body, awaken your senses and clear your mind!This one-hour class will bring fluidity to a yin yoga practice by mixing long-held yin poses (about 2 1/2 min each) with gentle flow standing poses. The standing sequence includes sun salutations, golden seed sequences, warrior sequences, and even some Tai Chi moves. Standing poses to awaken your senses and to improve the energy flow throughout the body while yin poses promote many benefits from opening the hips and shoulders to stimulating meridian paths. A ‘loosen up, feel good’ class that will release all the tight spots while helping you feel decompressed, grounded and calm.
This class blends Hatha style with Yin style poses. A more active yet meditative warm-up will ease us into the long-held poses of the practice. This class is a wonderful preparation for meditation or for a relaxing evening.
Yoga Nidra is the practice of listening and awareness of sensations. It’s a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs. The practice is a great way to ease into meditation, a guided relaxation where we drop down into a quieter state.
Tight hips seem to be a common problem for everybody — from athletes to those with desk jobs. Most of these pains are from mechanical stress, mental stress and normal wear-and-tear upon the spinal joints. If you have tight hips, you can expect to have problems with your hip joints and lower back which provide the base of support for your body. Cyclists, runners, and other athletes often experience the same tightened muscle groups from repeatedly using one set of muscles which causes muscle imbalance. And in most all sporting activities, good hip strength and flexibility is one of the keys to optimum performance.
When the dense muscles surrounding the hips get stiff, the lower back has to compensate the work by doing the hip’s job of flexing and extending the leg and hip. This, in turn, pulls your lumbar out of alignment causing lower back pain.
Our hips stabilize our bodies and are meant to support the whole body through full ranges of motion.They also serve as storage for our emotional issues. By taking the time each day to loosen up the hips, allowing Prana (chi) to flow through the hip joints, you will be able to release anxiety, fear, depression, and sadness.
This class will focus on stressing the hip – outer hips, releasing and decompressing the sacroiliac joints (SI Joints). Poses will also stimulate the upper thighs, hamstring and the groin area (adductor). You will improve your range of motion, the fluidity of your movements, and lower your risk of injuries.
Most of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives, whether we are young, old, athletic, overweight or medically comprised, suggesting that back pain is not always caused by injury. In response, there is an increased spending for “remedies” like inversion tables, special pillows, and supplements.
The yogis in India have a saying: “The body is as young as the spine is supple.” We need to not only understand how to prevent back problems, but how to stay healthy and vital every day. The spinal canal houses bundles of nerves that run from the brain and exit through various openings in the spine to transmit information between the central and peripheral nervous systems. Maintaining a healthy back requires a balance of flexibility and strength between the spine, the hips, lower back, hips, and leg muscles. These muscle groups stabilize the pelvis, the lower back, and the other structures that this support.
Why yoga? Yoga is one of the few exercises that places emphasis on the back – twisting, bending, stretching and strengthening. By the time you get out of your yoga session, you have probably moved your spine more than most people in a whole week.
In our Limber Lumbar class, we can show you how to modify the poses to make them safe for your specific condition or concern.
Yogi’s Choice (Pick your pose)
This practice could be well suited for someone who’s well experienced with Yin yoga or someone who knows the specific pose that works for his or her body. The practice includes symmetrical and asymmetrical poses and will last for about 5 minutes for each pose. Poses are done on the floor and end with 5 minutes Savasana.
Restorative Yoga utilizes gentle postures supported by props which allow for a gradual release of tension. Restorative rejuvenates, relaxes the muscles and slows down the mind through passive stretching. The class is recommended for all levels.
A perfect way to unwind and relax after a week of busy days. This class includes a series of deep, slow stretch yin poses infused with relaxing restorative poses. The meditative practice of Yin increases the awareness of being present while the restorative poses melt away tension and stress.
By the end of your practice, you will feel relaxed and replenished.
Vipassana Group Sitting
This weekly Vipassana meditation group sitting is being offered to old students of SN Goenka and Bhante G, as well as for the studio members with established mindfulness practice. Non-studio members require a completion of at least one (1) 10-Days Retreat from www.dhamma.org or a completion of one (1) Meditation Retreat offered through Bhavana Society.