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Restorative

Restorative Yoga incorporates familiar yoga positions, but almost entirely supported with props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters or straps.  The poses are held from 2-15 minutes and students are usually left to completely relax with minimal intervention from the teacher once the posture is completely set up.  This style of yoga can be deeply transformative even with the subtlety of the positions.  Being supported in a pose allows the nervous system to work on regenerative processes that counter the negative effects of stress, trauma and chronic pain or injuries.

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Bowspring

Our spines are designed to work as springs. Absorbing the force of being upright, whether it’s walking, running or going down the stairs. In our youth we have optimal function and use of our spinal columns, but our cultural patterns of sitting to do almost everything slowly degrades the quality of spine function…resulting in a body that gradually only moves reluctantly and not very naturally. This class uses Open Doors classic posture sequence as a template, but places emphasis on exploring and re-building the springy nature of the spinal column. Expect to have fun, sweat and be amazed at your ability to move! Each class is slightly different and can include inversion work on your hands. All that you learn is easy to implement into ANY yoga practice.

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Asana for Anyone

A simple class for anyone looking to move and learn the basics of yoga movement. The focus on basic seated, standing, and balancing asana encourages each student to use any variations of a pose that serve their practice that day – whether the intention is to back off or to push an edge. Purposeful transition from one pose to the next encourages concentration and helps to calm the nervous system and tame the anxiety.

This class is appropriate for beginners.

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Align and Refine

A unique unheated class that offers a blend of simple yoga postures, corrective exercise, self-massage, mindfulness, and breath strategies designed to help students become smarter movers. Not to mention the high level of self care!  While it’s true that doing something often will make you better at it, it’s also true that being able to do the same task with more than one method will make you more efficient, aware and resilient.
If you are interested in investigating all the movements of the body and how to maximize those to benefit you in everything you do outside of the room, this is a great class for you.  Expect to learn a lot about your body and to get lots of decompression time with massage ball work and breathing at the end.
This class is great for both beginners and experienced movers. Massage balls and other props are provided, but please feel free to bring your own.  Wear comfortable clothing that will not hamper movement.
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Yoga for Runners and Cyclists

Do you tell yourself that you should go to yoga but are intimidated by studios, “yogi’s” and just the thought of starting something new? This is a great class to attend!

This class is suitable for anyone, but will focus on particular issues that runners, cyclists and other repetitive athletes tend to deal with. Even if you consider yourself a weekend warrior rather than a serious athlete, this class will help you maintain a functional level of movement. Rest and recovery as well as movement refinement is incredibly important for not only improving athletic performance, but also maintaining resiliency and injury prevention. Incorporating simple sequences with a slow pace, a focus on hamstrings, hips and the much misunderstood and abused upper back. Beginner friendly, with challenges for all levels.
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Guided Mediation

Join Myra Smith for a 60 minute beginner friendly guided meditation.  Each session will include an introduction, check in and seated or reclined meditation as well as a walking meditation.  This is a great no pressure/no judgement zone for everyone to experience the benefits of quiet down time and learning mindfulness skills.

Mindful Highschool – Starting Wednesday January 24th, 2018.

A beginner friendly and casual gathering specifically for high school aged young adults who want to learn about mindfulness and how to use it to cope with the stressors and pressures of daily life.

Starting Wednesday January 24th, 2018.

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Kettle Bells – Level 1 *Starting March 2018*!

Our Kettlebell program will be back on the regular schedule beginning in March, 2018. If you are interested in doing Private Kettle Bell sessions, please email the studio and we will be happy to help you set that up.

This Basic KB class has focuses on Strength & Conditioning. The strength component entails a full body approach using KB techniques, calisthenics, and mobility. The conditioning component focuses on metabolic conditioning after the strength portion. Both components emphasize proper form/techniques and will be challenging, yet fun for everyone no matter your skill or strength. The entire class is designed to strengthen your arms, hips, back, and legs while adding stability/mobility to the entire body. Yogis will appreciate the mind/body connection as well as the fun/challenging aspect.