RESTORATIVE

Restorative yoga is a method for attaining deep relaxation, using various props to support the body and melt into the postures requiring little, if any, muscular strength. This softening allows students to hold poses for a greater length of time and facilitates a physiological shift to deep restfulness, calm abiding and well-being. Through thoughtfully sequenced supported postures, breath work and meditation, restorative yoga helps manage the effects of illness and stress, relieve pain and attain peace of mind. This class is appropriate for all abilities and levels of health, and no prior yoga experience is needed.

 

YIN YOGA

Yin yoga is a meditative, healing practice using passive, long-held floor poses. People with physically and/or mentally active lifestyles, including athletes, cyclists, runners, weightlifters, numbers crunchers, and thinking oriented types tend to store tension in their connective tissues, fascia, muscles, joints, ligaments, and bones. In Yin yoga, poses are held between 2-5 minutes and the muscles stay passive in order to release this tension. Each Yin pose is an opportunity to recede inward and restore a sense of ease. It is a wonderful complement to an active (Yang) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who needs to unwind a tight body, mind, or heart. Yin is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

 

CHAIR ASSISTED THERAPEUTIC YOGA 
(Not currently on the schedule – 2015)

Yoga Therapy adapts yoga positions to those with limited flexibility, strength or balance. Emphasis is placed on developing posture and exercises that can enhance everyday life. The class in conducted in a chair or using assisted standing poses depending on individual needs. Props and yoga therapy balls are used to release muscle tension. Breath work and Meditation are practiced to enhance health and well-being. Open to all levels.

 

YOGA THERAPEUTICS: RESTORATIVE

Therapeutic Yoga is a carefully designed collection of restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breath work, guided meditation and hands-on healing techniques perfect for working with injury or illness. As the relaxation response is engaged, the condition of stress is replaced by the state of deep relaxation. The body rests. Energy is directed to the processes of repair and rejuvenation; natural healing takes place. Equilibrium is restored and the body regains lost energy. (Definition borrowed with Cheri Clampett’s permission).

 

YOGA THERAPEUTICS: BODY MECHANICS

Correcting asymmetries and muscle weakness to heal and strengthen is the focus of this class. Adapted yoga poses aim to improve structural alignment, flexibility and tone muscles. Breath work and Meditation are practiced to enhance health and well-being. Difficulty is adjusted to suit the individual needs and abilities of those attending. Join us to learn how to heal and strengthen yourself.

 

YOGA TUNE UP(R)

Yoga Tune Up (R) (YTU) is a whole body health and fitness system combining yoga, corrective exercise and self massage in a way that heals damaged muscle tissue, increases overall strength, and bolsters the immune system. Its restorative techniques create balance and flexibility in the body, while relieving pain from injuries, improving coordination and reducing stress.

No experience necessary; YTU is for the novice yogi to the endurance athlete. YTU brings practical yoga philosophy into the nuts and bolts of healthy movement, challenging the body from every conceivable angle. It is a crossover practice that is both accessible and challenging.

 

Yoga Tune Up(R) WORKSHOPS

We will post the upcoming in-depth workshops and trainings on the workshop area.  Refer also to the specialized articles posted below.

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
One on one guidance can be helpful for a variety of reasons. This can tune up or refine an existing practice.  It can jump start a new practice or any level of beginner.  A private class can address physical limitations due to injuries or stress.  Private instruction can take the form of mentoring and consultation for yoga teachers.

Contact Kent at wgyoga@earthlink.net for more information or scheduling.

Many of our instructors can also provide one on one instruction.