Weekly Class Descriptions
Free Introduction to Meditation Series: Thursdays in May, 7:30-8:15am with George Simonson. Meditation will be introduced as a natural and straightforward practice that anyone can do. We’ll emphasize comfort and dispel mystery, practice for a while, and investigate walking meditation. Practitioners will have a chance to ask questions during each session. George Simonsson is a trained meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition, a modern Western Buddhist lineage descended from the Buddhism of Tibet.
Free Introduction to Feldenkrais: Wednesday, May 23, 5:30-6:45pm with Marilyn Hardy. Experience the uniqueness and benefits of The Feldenkrais Method® by using your body to re-program your brain. It’s simple, relaxing, and interesting… Discover the Cleverness of your Nervous System!
- Enhance Your Yoga Practice
- Improve Posture, Joint Flexibility, and Breathing
- Address Pain or Discomfort in Movement
- Enhance Performance in Sports and the Arts
- Uncover and Change Limiting Habit Patterns
Fundamentals of Yoga: A class for newcomers as well as for those who want to revisit the essentials of yoga. From yogic breathing to postures to concentration/meditation. Safety and alignment will be emphasized to optimize energy flow and maximum overall benefit. Variation will be offered to meet the level of challenge that each student is seeking. (Look for this offering in Fall 2018)
Discovering Balance: An exploration of balance in all it’s domains. This class will investigate the harmonizing of inhale & exhale, strength & flexibility, will & surrender to help us stimulate balance in our bodies and our lives. A great course to compliment the Fundamentals of Yoga or any Gentle/Beginner class.
All Levels: Techniques are guided with several variations and attention to alignment, allowing the postures to feel accessible to practitioners from different backgrounds and experiences. Incorporates a variety of postures and breathing techniques, with an emphasis on the standing poses, hip openers, twists and forward bends.
Spring Practice: As the seasons change, our bodies and minds benefit from adapting our practices. This class session will explore the unique benefits of complimenting active yoga styles focused on mental and physical rejuvenation with Yin Yoga postures to support the smoothe distribution of energy and sense of well-being in spring. Practice will include breathing techniques and posture sequences to shake off the cold, refresh our minds, detoxify our tissues and generate a fluid, steady energetic flow. Yin Yoga postures will be utilized to stimulate the joints, emphasize the organs that can support health and provide transitional balance as spring unfolds. Practitioners should be comfortable in an all-levels class and interested in furthering their practice; modifications will be offered.
Gentle Yoga: If you are new or returning to yoga after some time away, rehabilitating an injury or prefer a quiet and easeful practice pace, gentle yoga will serve you well. Postures are a blend of active and restorative and will be guided with particular attention to alignment and anatomy, keeping your body safe while your mind lets go. We’ll focus on building and maintaining balance, keeping the immune system strong and creating a foundation for further learning.
Morning Flow: A fun, inquisitive way to wake up to sensation in the body and set a tone of mind for the day. Class will be guided with attention to breath and alignment with a focus on fully inhabiting our bodies while observing thoughts and sensations. We’ll encourage circulation and wakefulness, build warmth and play with balance and adaptability. Knowledge of basic yoga poses is helpful but not required.
Yin Yoga & Meditation
Yin yoga is of particular benefit to the body’s joints and connective tissues. Because these structures don’t respond to repetitive movement the same way that muscles do, yin yoga practices utilize longer holds in postures that emphasize muscular relaxation, especially targeting the upper legs, hips and spine. Supportive relationships between Taoist martial arts practices, meridian theory and meditation enrich this slow, deep practice. $15 or class pass.
The insights of deep rest can align our bodies for healing and trend our minds toward simplicity. Well-supported postures that very gently traction the spine and encourage the body’s soft tissues to yield will release tension patterns and nourish the nervous system. As we move towards the warmer, more active seasons of the year a restorative practice can be a refreshing way to quiet our minds & balance our energy levels. A restful compliment to warm-weather athletic endeavors.
Stay tuned. Summer workshops will be posted as they are scheduled.
To preregister for Fishmoon Yoga workshops: 207-798-2756, firstname.lastname@example.org
with Ann Flannery & Kara Douglas
March 9-16, 2019