CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLASS FOR YOU
Please choose classes that are appropriate to your physical condition and experience level in order to reap maximum benefit.
Level 1 = Beginner or working with challenges.
Level 2 = Able to do basic yoga poses with stability.
Level 3 = Strong skills in basic poses & consistent practice for more than 1 year.
GENTLE YOGA (Level 1)
If you are brand-new to yoga, or haven't practiced for a while, this class is a great place to start. Gentle Yoga is also a good choice for more experienced yoga students who are looking for a quieter, slower-paced practice. In the event of bad weather, class will be inside at the studio in Fair Haven. Instructor: Karen Haas
BEACH YOGA (Level 1)
Gentle, Beginner-Level 1 hour practice. 10 am at Fair Haven Beach State Park. On the sand, near the channel (diving boards), east beach. Class is free. Donations to Fair Haven Food Pantry are gratefully received. Must pay admission to park ($8 per car), unless you walk in. Bring a mat or towel, water, sunblock, sunglasses & enthusiasm. In the event of bad weather, class will move to the Main Street studio and regular charges will apply. Check our Facebook page the morning of class if weather is questionable. www.facebook.com/bayviewwellness
CORE STRENGTH (Yoga & Pilates) (Levels 1 & 2)
The deep abdominal core muscles stabilize the spine and pelvis. Weakness of the core can result in lower back discomfort, pain, or injury. This class emphasizes yoga and pilates exercises to strengthen the core as well as stretch and tone the entire body. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced students. Includes initial centering, warm-up, pilates & yoga, cool-down, and final centering. Instructor: Karen Haas
YOGA FLOW (Level 2)
A flowing yoga practice moving seamlessly from one asana (yoga pose) to the next with a synchronized breath. The practice begins with centering pranayama (breathwork), and continues through gentle warm-up and into the flowing asana. We practice mindfulness meditation throughout by staying focused on breath and movement. Instructor: Karen Haas
KUNDALINI YOGA (Levels 1 & 2)
Almost everyone who tries this style of yoga finds it liberating and energizing. There's less emphasis on alignment. Instead we move freely, and vigorously, raising the overall level of energy in the body. Appropriate for all levels (no previous yoga experience necessary), as long as you are basicly fit and do not have cardiac or blood pressure issues. Expect to work up a sweat and leave with a smile! Instructor: Karen Haas
Tone and strengthen your entire body while burning calories. Class includes Pilates core work as well as freeweights. Whether you are just getting back to exercise after years on the couch -- or are an active and fit person who wants to stay that way, this class is for you. Wear athletic shoes and bring water.
Free. We walk about 3 miles, when weather permits. In inclement weather we move into the studio and do a DVD cardio class--kickboxing or step aerobics. The Gentle Yoga class that follows is a nice cool-down.
Private instruction is a good idea if you are starting a new fitness program and working with physical challenges, or if you have been exercising for a while but not getting the reOur studio is equipped with yoga blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps, loaner yoga mats, cushioned mats for Pilates, and eye pillows for general use.sults you want. We offer Private Instruction in Yoga; Private Personal Training; Fitness Assessments and Postural Assessments. Yoga Instructor/Personal Trainer: Karen Haas
WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT TO BRING
Our studio is equipped with yoga blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps, loaner yoga mats, cushioned mats for Pilates, free weights, and eye pillows for general use.
For yoga, please bring a yoga mat and water bottle. For Pilates, we supply cushioned mats. Remove shoes for yoga and leave them by the entryway. Other belongings also may be left in the entryway. Please do not bring personal belongings on to the yoga practice floor. For yoga you need to be able to spread your toes and have a firm grip on the mat--so work barefoot, or wear yoga socks.
For fitness classes, please bring a water bottle and wear athletic shoes. In the wintertime it is best to carry the athletic shoes and change into them once you reach the studio. We have "cubbies" and boot trays in the entryway.