(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. Consistency of practice is crucial to progress. Come to class at least once a week. Two to three times a week is highly recommended for more rapid progress. Four or more times a week is optimal and will achieve powerful results. Yoga classes are classified as by level:
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.
YOGA FUNDAMENTALS (no yoga experience required)
A special 5-week intro course geared to absolute beginners. Instructor: Karen Haas
GENTLE / BEGINNER HATHA 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. Option to do chair yoga if mat work is difficult in some poses. Each class includes initial centering, breathwork (pranayama), warm-up, yoga poses (asana), cool down and final relaxation (savasana). The teacher emphasizes adaptation of poses for the unique needs of each practitioner, You will learn how to use yoga blankets, blocks and other props to make your practice more comfortable and effective. Instructor: Karen Haas
GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA (Level 1)
Class begins with easy warm-ups and gentle yoga. The last 30 minutes are spent in deeply relaxing postures supported by bolsters, blankets, pillows, and other props. Good for body & soul! Instuctor: Karen Haas
RESTORATIVE YOGA (no yoga experience required)
Use bolsters, pillows, blankets, straps, blocks and eye pillows to attain deeply relaxing positions which are held for 5 or more minutes to promote deep relaxation. Instructor: Karen Haas
YOGA FLOW (VINYASA) (Levels 2 & 3)
This practice emphasizes the rhythmic and coordinated transition from one asana (posture ) to the next. At the same time, Vinyasa Yoga is surprisingly soothing and restorative for many kinds of physical conditions. By working externally on the physical body as one whole unit, as opposed to segmenting each part, we can begin to start tapping into the subtle (pranic) body to balance the energetic flow. Instructor: Karen Haas
POWER YOGA FLOW (Levels 2 & 3)
A faster-paced practice to raise energy and develop strength. Challenging, but always balanced.
PILATES & YOGA (all levels)
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 is a mixture of Pilates mat & yoga, and emphasizes strengthening the core as well as stretching and toning the entire body. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced students. Instructor: Karen Haas
TONE & FIRM
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. Instructor: Karen Haas
CARDIO (free DVD class)
A free class open to all. DVD instruction. Either Step Aerobics or Kickboxing. All equipment provided.
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
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
If you are interested in training to become a yoga instructor, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (if you own one), 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.