Monday, April 6, 2009

Class Descriptions

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Restorative Yoga
This restorative class is a therapeutic style of yoga. Focusing on gently opening the joints of the body through posture and then allowing 20-30 minutes of deep conscious body/mind relaxation. We will utilize props to support the body in certain poses. Restorative yoga aids our parasympathetic nervous system, immune and endocrine systems. One may experience a lower heart rate and/or blood pressure. Great for stress and anxiety reduction! This class is appropriate for all body types, and anyone who is recovering from injury. No prior yoga knowledge is necessary.

Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Yoga helps us develop in many ways. Balancing personal health, work, family life and studies can seam almost impossible. But through the practices we learn to make healthier choices that lead to healthier live styles. We gain new insights, sometimes tapping into more creative aspects. Some things no longer fit in our lives and drop away. Don't wait to be healthier, free of worry and stress. Learn how now. Yoga Nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like meditation that yogis describe of this practice said to effect the autonomic symptoms, headaches, tension and anxiety to name a few. This practice is clinically used with war veterans recovering from Post traumatic stress disorder.

Foundational Yoga
A gentle yet challenging class for those looking for an introduction to Yoga. Emphasis on breathing & healthy alignment, students follow a safe and carefully balanced routine of classic Hatha Yoga postures including sun salutations, a standing and balancing series and gentle back bends combined with centering breath work to focus the mind. Modifications are offered making this class for every body. Classes are designed to inspire and uplift students, leading to greater strength, flexibility and balance. The class ends with a period of reclined relaxation and guided imagery to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

Our certified, experienced teachers offer a challenging flow class, using a variety of traditional and innovative vinyasa flows, harmonized with selected restorative yoga postures to cultivate overall stamina, strength, and flexibility. Learn to breathe and move using classical yoga poses to help heat the body to stretch it comfortably and safely. A great alternative to 'Hot Yoga'.

Kripalu Yoga
This class is for anyone looking for a deeply relaxing experience. It is also an ideal for students looking to begin their practice or for those concerned with injury. The postures, breath work, and meditation can be a powerful tool for those who feel that their body is undergoing changes beyond their control, such as the effects of MS, recovery from trauma, or chronic pain from arthritis or injury. Also suitable for pregnant women.

Keri Cronin is a Physical Mind Mat certified Pilates instructor. She has been teaching both privately and at the YMCA for 5 years. Keri teaches a basic beginner to intermediate class with influences from ballet to yoga and modern core strengthening exercises. Focusing on balance, coordination, flexibility, toning, posture and all important "mind body connection", each class will offer a variety movements to challenge all levels and abilities. If you have 2-3lb weights, please bring them along so we can add them to our routine.
(8:15-9:15 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's with Keri)

Kids Yoga Club
1/2 hour of yoga instruction of posture, followed by 1/2 hour of relaxation techniques, plus a whole lota fun! Jane has been teaching yoga to children for 7 years and hopes to encourage all children to practice yoga daily. Children under 5 are asked to bring their adult.

Beginners Belly Dance (all ages)

I started my journey 10 years ago. I fell in love with art of Middle Eastern Dance, and was the co~creator of The Goddess Coyle Belly Dance Troupe. I have danced everywhere, taught many many workshops and classes all throughout New England. With my Goddess Coyle Troupe, we created a play called " Reclaim the Goddess Within", which ventured on finding your inner goddess, through light and dark. I have been very fortunate to do many amazing things with this dance. I never intended to perform or teach, but funny how life takes you on a journey you never expected. With the Goddess Coyle, we ended up gravitating to helping women find their spirits again. We help young women be responsible with their sensuality, and provide a very supportive, loving atmosphere, to be creative, and go through like experiences. Come as you are all ages all body types.

Beginners Belly Dance is on Thursdays 6:30-8 PM. Cost is $15

Here's to the future, and what it may bring. Finding your passion, and living it. It is what life is meant to be…in my heart. I look forward to inspiring passions in your hearts, and creating a magical connection with you all. ~ Holly Ferreira

Tai Chi
Study the ancient art of Tai Chi and Qigong in a peaceful setting at the Yoga Loft with instructor James Simon who has over 22 years of training and experience and is a student of the Yang family of Hong Kong. Learn at your own pace to integrate mind and body through slow flowing movement, increase energy and strength through relaxation, improve balance and develop a peaceful state of mind. Two scheduled classes are offered, beginner and intermediate. Advanced or private training maybe arranged by appointment. All classes provide Qigong and the Tai Chi form instruction. Qigong is an ancient Chinese movement system with claims of health and longevity for people of all abilities. It consists of gentle movements involving the breath to benefit mind and body, especially the back, hips, knees and feet. The Tai Chi form is a traditional Chinese art consisting of martial art moves linked together and performed in a continuous sequence. The practitioner achieves inner focus, body alignment, relaxation and fluidity. Tai Chi is based on the theory of Yin and Yang and balancing ones vital energy, or Qi. No special clothes or equipment required.

Tai Chi classes have a flat fee of $15 per class for members or non-members.
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