Vinyasa I - (Beginner friendly)
The Sanskrit word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” Vinyasa Yoga flows through each series of poses in a fluid motion lead by the breath. By applying a more internal, energetic approach to the practice, students will learn how to move through a series of poses with more intelligence, awareness and ease. The purpose of Vinyasa is to create heat in the body, which leads to purification of the body. This is a level one class, appropriate for beginners to advanced.
Gentle Vinyasa All-Levels:
This All-Levels Vinyasa class spends extra time on stress-relief, releasing tension in the body, and improving flexibility. Expect to enjoy restorative poses mixed in with the flow and find yourself refreshed as you move into the weekend. This class aims to shake off the work week in a gentle, relaxing way that is enjoyable for beginner and seasoned yogis alike!
Power Vinyasa All-Levels:
This Power Vinyasa class focuses on improving strength in a safe way for all-levels of yogis, offering multiple variations of each pose so individuals can choose what is best for their bodies each class. A full-body warm up is followed by a sun salutation based flow that will vary from week to week. If you are especially looking to strengthen your core and upper body, this class is for you!
Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, Vinyasa – All Levels is for everyone. This class links body movement with breath and emphasizes strengthening the core. Pose modifications and challenges are offered to fit the participant’s experience level. Starting slowly with warm up stretches, the music takes you to a progressively higher energy level about midway into the class and concludes with a relaxation period. Some benefits for you are improved posture, flexibility, balance, and strength as well as calming of your mind and lessening of stress!
Seniors on the Move
An invigorating blend of standing and seated exercises, this class is for anyone looking for something that adds a little more pep to his or her step! Integrating the support and additional stability of a chair as needed, each student has the opportunity to safely and effectively challenge him or herself in a controlled environment with the guidance of the instructor in order to enhance circulation and lung capacity, improve balance and coordination, increase strength of the stabilizing muscles of the major muscle groups, develop more stability of the spine through functional core and postural strengthening, as well as overall improvement of range of motion and reaction time. Each exercise will be inspired by the types of functional movements that correspond to everyday life; gardening, carrying groceries, taking the stairs, stepping up and down off of curbs and other uneven walking surfaces, etc.
Join Mary and get on the move with us here at the Garden of Zen Yoga Studio!
Senior Stretch (SilverSneakers Class)
SilverSneakers FLEX classes are available at Garden of Zen Yoga Studio at no additional cost for SilverSneakers members. For non-SilverSneakers members: Regular class passes, Chair Class passes and Memberships can be used. Senior stretch is a class that provides flexibility and increase range of motion for the entire body. The instructor will focus on all major muscle groups with a variety of different types of stretch techniques. The goal is for your body to feel better, prevent injury, and increase range of motion. For more information and to check your availability go to SilverSneakers website https://www.silversneakers.com
Gentle Yoga Healing - (Beginner Friendly)
This gentle yoga class is designed specifically for those recovering from illness or surgery, those whose lives have been touched by cancer, and other health considerations. As stress is a major contributor to a compromised immune system, this class guides students on a path towards greater relaxation, increased energy and strength, as well as offering a comfortable, safe space for healing and renewal. Students will grow a deeper reconnection with the mind, body, and spirit while developing greater body awareness, that benefits students on and off of the mat, for an enhanced quality of life and sense of well-being.
Gentle Chair Yoga - (Beginner friendly)
Chair Yoga makes yoga accessible to people who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends.
Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to work the joints and muscles to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and circulation. It goes beyond typical exercises in that it encourages quiet reflection, proper breathing, reduction of stress and a sense of well-being.
The benefits of this practice are remarkable. Students report reduced blood pressure, faster recovery from injury or surgery, better sleep, increased mobility and improved posture.
Destress Deep Stretch
Destress Deep Stretch Yoga, a blend of Yin and Restorative Yoga, primarily involves floor poses, typically held for 3 to five minutes, and are designed to allow you to stretch muscles and joints while accessing the deeper layers offascia – the body’s connective tissue that allows our body to function as a unit. The class is designed to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing circulation, flexibility and joint mobility. Finding yourself in poses as you meet your own, “edge”, using props and support as needed, brings a stillness and calm to the mind and body that encourages a deeper awareness of the body and the breath as you practice - and ensures an excellent night sleep after the practice. The class is appropriate for beginners new to yoga, as well as to advanced
practitioners of all levels and abilities.
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Bhakti Flow - Yoga for expanding your awareness and personal growth! Bhakti Yoga, a term used to describe the yoga of love and devotion, is a natural extension of the yoga experience. In yoga, we become inwardly focused on our breath and body as we practice various yoga poses, and in the process, we discover a deeper realization of our natural existence. Bhakti Flow leverages your yoga practice to explore your essence of being and help you learn about yourself. In the process, our awareness of who we are expands leading to personal growth. In Bhakti Flow, we center our being, practice yoga poses in a flow style and blend meditation and chanting to extend our awareness our yoga practice provides. Enjoy a Bkakti Flow class and experience your yoga becoming more! Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Gentle Yoga - (Beginner friendly)
Based on the yoga principle of using the breath to calm the mind and relax the muscles, this class will focus on poses that stretch, strengthen, and tone while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Students will explore basic flow poses to increase balance and energy, while opening hips, shoulders, back and legs. Each class will include deep relaxation and visualization techniques to enhance the mind/body connection to focus and discipline the mind. The slower, gentler pace is easy enough for beginners, and great for everyone who wants/needs to slow down a bit. This class is for all levels wanting to enjoy the basics of yoga to find their centering energy and self.
Zen Barre (All-Levels)
Zen Barre is an energizing fusion of Dance, Pilates and Yoga. You will notice immediately the increase in total body, core strength and stabilizing muscles, as well as newfound stamina! Join us for this total body-sculpting class that is open to all levels and abilities - no dance experience needed!
Yoga Nidra Class
This practice is informed by the teachings of Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute. The class consists of a guided meditation, based on Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra, which opens your mind to self-experimentation in the laboratory of your own body. You will learn to scan your body to notice changes in feelings, emotions and sensations that emerge during the practice. It also helps you to increase your capacity to feel compassion and loving kindness towards yourself. Yoga Nidra can be practiced lying down, or in a seated position. This practice is easy to learn and very effective in exposing your inter-self. By inducing a state of deep relaxation throughout the body and mind, this practice effectively helps to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and to increase health, resiliency, and well-being. Research conducted in VA hospitals, military bases, hospitals and clinics, hospice, homeless shelters, community programs, and schools have found that this practice can reduce PTSD, depression, chronic pain, and chemical dependency.
Exploring Yoga Basics
Are You Stressed?!?
What is stress? How do we know when we’re stressed? What makes our bodies feel
stressed? Is stress good or bad? And finally...How can I feel less stressed?
If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, or have ever wanted to learn more
about stress, please join us for Exploring Yoga Basics’ new workshop series,
“Are You Stressed?!?”
In this eight-part series, we will explore what stress is and how it manifests in the
body. We’ll also survey a wide range of techniques that we can use to help us
manage our stress; both during and outside of our yoga classes.
We will learn about the science of stress and how we have a greater
amount of control over our stress response than we may think.
We’ll even explore how stress is good for us!
Each session will begin with discussion about specific aspects of stress and stress
management techniques. We will then incorporate what we have learned into our
physical practice for the day. At the culmination of our “Are You Stressed?!?” workshop,
participants will use the techniques we have learned and practiced throughout the
previous six sessions in order to create their own 10-15 minute yoga-inspired practice;
tailored to their own individual stress management needs.
June 7 - “What is Stress?”
June 14 - “Our Bodies on Stress”
June 21 - “Our Brains on Stress”
June 28 - “Breaking the Cycle of Stress”
July 5 - “Stress and Our Body-Mind Connection”
July 12 – “Release the Stress!”
July 19 - “Mindful Stress Management”
July 26 - “Your Mindful Stress Management Practice”
All are welcome and no previous experience necessary - Please join us!
(Regular class passes and memberships are used for this class)
You will work one on one with your yoga instructor to improve posture and flexibility, correct muscular imbalances and alignment, build strength and balance, and even decrease tension through developing body awareness and relaxation techniques. Benefits of a private yoga lesson include the specific asanas or poses tailored to your individual needs, on-going instruction and encouragement during your session and regular communication with your instructor, as well as elimination of feelings of intimidation during your practice.
Who Would Benefit from Private Yoga Lessons?
Generally speaking, anyone and everyone would benefit from a private yoga lesson! Individuals that might be taking care of old or new injuries that might require one on one attention due to limitations, and those recovering from illness or serious health conditions might also consider this option. Additionally, even physically-active individuals that want to cross train for their specific sport or hobby would benefit from private lessons, allowing the session to target sport-specific muscles and goals.
FREE Karma Class
Stress is inescapable, and is a part of everyone’s life; however, chronic stress can threaten your well-being.
Yoga can help you learn to respond to stressors with the right blend of inner fire and inner calm.
This practice will help you deal with:
~Loss or Grief
The instructor rotates each Sunday for this class-
Gentle Yoga Class with emphasis on stress relief
Walking Meditation Class
and more similar class topics...
"Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind" __Patañjali
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