- The Level 1 class introduces students to the foundation of hatha yoga (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation. Students learn basic yoga poses with emphasis on alignment and ease as well as breathing techniques to de-stress the body and mind. Class ends with deep relaxation and a short meditation. The asanas, pranayama and meditation all help to promote an overall sense of well-being, physical strengthening, mental/emotional calm and focus.
- The Level 2 is a bridge to a more advanced practice. The Level 2 helps build endurance and strength and introduces students to a wider variety of poses.
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- The Express class is a sixty minute yoga class with all the essentials: poses for stretch, strength and balance - and, of course, relaxation.
- The Restorative class offers plenty of quiet time to recharge the body and mind. A restorative pose is different from the typical yoga pose in that it is usually held for 10 to 15 minutes. We use a variety of props to support the body in passive, optimal alignment for deep release of tense, overworked muscles. Students get a sustained stretch in supported backbends, forward bends, inversions, and twists. These long quiet stretches also help improve digestion, circulation, and balance of the endocrine and nervous systems. The immediate effect is usually increased physical energy and mental alertness, balanced emotional state, and deeper sleep. This class is beneficial for anyone looking for stress relief: beginner to advanced, prenatal and postnatal.
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- The Slow Stretch class is open to students of all ages, new to yoga, or seasoned practitioners. In this class, instructors with advanced training teach yoga poses at a slower pace than Level 1 and carefully work on alignment with isometrics. The goal is to create physical and mental balance and to relieve pain and stress. Yoga props—blocks, straps, bolsters, and weights—are used as stretching aids. This class is good for people who experience discomfort from injury, tight muscles, back problems, or numerous chronic conditions. This could also be a good starter class for our Level 1 Yoga.
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- The Prenatal class offers women a yoga practice to nurture a healthy, comfortable pregnancy and to prepare for labor and delivery. One of the most important benefits of prenatal yoga is the friendship and support of other women during pregnancy and after the birth. Over the years, our prenatal classes have created a beautiful community of family and friends. Partners, mothers, and friends are always welcome to join the prenatal class.
We practice mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh but we are open to all traditions and affiliations.
Cultivating mindfulness means paying attention to what is going on inside of us and around us. Too often we live in forgetfulness - our body is in one place but our mind is lost somewhere else. Mindfulness generates awareness. Awareness builds concentration. Concentration leads to insight.
When we bring mindfulness into our everyday life - to our thoughts, emotions, speech and actions - we are able to embrace all aspects of our selves, better able to deal with anger and other negative emotions and can experience life more fully. For more information, contact Tiina at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rob, email@example.com.
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Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique to help spiritual seekers attain Self-realization, which means to be in constant communion with the Divinity within oneself. To attain this state requires regular and sincere Kriya meditation and living a life of love and service. The Kriya technique emphasizes the relationship between breath and mind. Kriya Yoga is non-sectarian. Its simple technique causes no hardship, requires no austerities, and suits aspiring householders as well as monastics. From the principles of Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga teaches that all action, kri, is done by the indwelling soul, ya. The NY/NJ Kriya Yoga meditation group is linked to the Kriya Yoga Institute, which disseminates the teachings of Kriya Yoga as taught by the unbroken lineage of Kriya Yoga masters, starting from Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj through to Paramahamsa Hariharananda and his spiritual successor Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. Initiation is required. For more information regarding the Kriya practice and initiation, please contact John Williams at 201-931-6688.