Class & Workshop Descriptions

 

Weekly Class Descriptions

Autumn 2017

September 24 – December 22

 

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.

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.

Autumn Practice: As the seasons change, our bodies and minds benefit from adapting our practices. This intermediate level class session will explore the unique benefits of complimenting active yoga styles focused on mental and physical adaptability and focus with Yin Yoga postures to provide the quiet, penetrating nourishment of stillness in the cooler autumn months. Practice will include breathing techniques and posture sequences to enliven, warm and energize us, focus 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 a meditative compliment to wind down our practice. 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.

Monthly Classes

 Monthly Yin Yoga: Select Sundays 4:30-6pm (9/24, 10/22, 11/19, 12/10)
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.

Monthly Restorative Yoga: Select Sundays 4:30-6pm (9/10, 10/08, 11/5, 11/26, 12/17)
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. During the autumn months, when decreasing daylight hours and temperatures urge us inward, a restorative practice can balance our systems and sustain our energy.

Workshops

to preregister: 207-798-2756, karadouglas2010@gmail.com

October
10/15: Clear, Calm & Detoxify Vital Energy ~ with Heather Goulette
4-6pm, $25/person, preregistration required

Utilizing breath work and gentle stretching through qigong, yin yoga and guided meditation, this practice is designed to engage the parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response) and clear the energy meridians. Relax & refresh! All levels.

10/29: The Art & Science of Balance ~ with Kara Douglas & Lori Gagnon
Time & Details TBA

November
11/12: 
Rock & Roll ~ with Heather Goulette
4-6pm, $25/person, preregistration required

An invigorating combination of stretching, myofascial release & self-massage using foam rollers and different sized balls, set to contemporary music. Learn self-help thecniques to reduce muscle tension and pain while enjoying some great tunes!Class will end with a short, guided meditation. All levels.

December
12/3: Balance the Body, Balance the Mind ~ with Heather Goulette
4-6pm, $25/person, preregistration required

A slower, deeper breakdown of balancing asanas (postures), beginning with moving meditation and breath work and ending with a chakra-balancing yoga nidra. A great practice for the season! Intermediate level.

To preregister for workshops: 207-798-2756, karadouglas2010@gmail.com

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Yoga in the Yucatan                                                                                                

with Ann Flannery & Kara Douglas                                                                     

March 10-17, 2018

http://www.annflanneryyoga.com/yucatan.html

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