These classes begin with deep breathing and or meditation to calm and center the mind. Gentle movement with the breathe warms the body. A series of poses referred to as Sun Salutations modified for all levels are used for a deeper warm up. The core of the class is made up of simple yet challenging poses to build strength, balance and flexibility.
Standing Poses - Basic poses such as warrior I & II, triangle and lunges tone and strengthen the entire body. Legs, back, butt and arms.
Balancing Poses - Standing on one leg in tree, warrior III, dancer and half moon develop focus and concentration as well as strength.
Hip Openers - Stretching around the hip joint unlocks stiffness in the lower body giving us greater freedom of movement.
Core Work - Strengthening abdominals and back to support proper alignment of the spine. Achieve great stabilizing strength in the lower back.
Twist - Suppleness of the spine is achieved through various standing and seated twist. Props help make the poses accessible to everyone.
Forward Bends - Tight hamstrings and backs are relieved by deeply stretching the back of the body. Variations are offered.
Inversions - Safe modifications using props. Inversions relieve stress, stimulate thyroid, prostate and abdominal organs, improves digestion, helps relieve symptoms of menopause, reduces fatigue and alleviates insomnia, and therapeutic for asthma, infertility, and sinusitis.
Relaxation and Meditation - Widely acknowledged and recognized by the scientific community, the mental and physiological benefits of meditation and relaxation enhance the effects of exercise. At the beginning of class meditation helps quiet the chatter and business of the mind. Done at the end the body is rested and rejuvenated and you leave feeling calm, relaxed and refreshed.