Restorative & Meditation (Luna)
These classes take a gentle, slow approach, making space for healing, softening, exploration, and nervous system release. Slow movement allows us to focus on the details and build smooth coordination and strength with low risk for injury. Mindfulness and nervous system regulation are key parts of managing pain and stress and recovering from injury or trauma. And by becoming more fully present in our bodies, we can more fully experience life.
Luna classes are the place to start if you have limited mobility, injuries, or need rest and repair.
Restorative yoga is all about nourishment and stillness, softening into our breath and letting the body fully surrender. These classes provide a much needed counterpoint to life’s constant fast-paced bustle and stress, teaching us to perceive and release tensions in places we may not even be aware of, and giving physiological and psychological rest to the nervous system. They may also be a good place to start if you have mobility limitations or injuries. Poses are completely supported by props, and each is held for 5-20 minutes so that you can fully relax.
Gentle yoga uses beginner poses and props such as blocks, straps and the yoga wall to assist in building flexibility, strength and coordination. These classes are accessible for those with injuries or other mobility limitations. Gentle yoga and in particular the use of props comes out of the Iyengar tradition. Some of our Gentle yoga teachers are Iyengar instructors and others are not, but they all have experience working with a variety of mobility concerns.
This class will introduce you to the Wudang style of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a martial art and healing practice that originated in China more than two thousand years ago. It incorporates many elements of Qi Gong, but its forms are typically more complex. Tai Chi practice consists of a continuous series of circular, slow, relaxed and smooth flowing movements and coordinated breath that has numerous health benefits for people of all ages and health conditions. It will particularly help with coordination, balance, ease of movement and focus.
This class will introduce you to the Wudang style of Qi Gong. Qi Gong is an ancient healing practice that focuses on cultivating, circulating and harmonizing Qi, or energy. As compared to Tai Chi, Qi Gong is simpler and more free form. Movements are slow and fluid and may be repeated to build energy. Qi Gong is the best place to start if you have injuries or mobility issues.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic education system which uses gentle movement and directed attention to explore habitual movement patterns and discover new, more efficient, graceful and pain-free ways of moving. Benefits include an increased ease and range of motion, better coordination, and increased mindfulness and curiosity throughout life. It can also help identify and overcome habits and tension holding patterns that may be limiting your capabilities and growth or which may even cause injury.