Low impact, deep, energizing and restorative, this is a balanced practice to strengthen and open the body, inspire the heart, and release the mind from habitual conditioning. Slow and intentional sequencing gets into every nook and cranny, refining your technical skill for asana (posture), breath work (pranayama), and mindfulness of mind. This class will inspire and challenge you to try beautiful, fun postures with thoughtful, purposeful sequencing to provide a full-body experience, leaving you feeling deeply supported and connected both mentally and physically. The remedy for high-impact, injury-prone practices, this is a welcoming class for those newer to yoga while offering the space and detailed instruction to further the technique, skill, and depth for experienced practitioners for greater power and precision. Held in the beautiful studio space of West Side Yoga in Federal Hill.
Tune the body and mind with deeply healing somatic movement sequenced to help release long-held patterns of tension and torsion in the hips, spine, shoulders, and neck. This unique class begins with genre rocking and undulating movements done on the ground ~ flushing the body of fatigue, rehydrating tissues, and assisting in re-regulating the body's stress response. Yogis then move through a flow of standing, balancing, and seated postures to build resilience and strength in the hips and core before relain breath exercises and a deep rest in savasana. All levels and bodies welcome with modifications and alternative options given, along with the encouragement to adapt what is offered to suit you. Held in the beautiful studio space of West Side Yoga in Federal Hill.
4 sessions, 2024/2025 Dates TBA
Begin, evolve, and deepen your practice with Yoga Foundations. Over four weeks, you will learn the fundamentals of a yoga practice from poses and breath to essential anatomy and philosophy as you connect to your own embodied experience. Throughout this course you will gain flexibility and strength in the spine, hips, and shoulders as we move through a range of standing, seated and reclined postures. Learn how to modify and adapt poses for your unique body, how to use props to support your practice, and how to breathe efficiently for ease and tranquility. Whether you’re a total beginner, a long-time practitioner, teacher or somewhere in between, Yoga Foundations will inspire your practice with purpose, depth, and self-awareness. These classes are only offered within the full course.
Class 1 : Sama, the Beginning & the End
Class 2 : Asana, a Steady, Comfortable Seat
Class 3 : Kanda, Root to Rise
Class 4 : Vinyasa Krama, Step by Step
YOGA FOUNDATIONS II
4 sessions, 2024/2025 Dates TBA
Advance your practice with two in-depth weekends exploring the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of inversions, arm balances, binds and backbends. Learn how to work with the upper back, shoulder girdle, and neck to build balanced strength and ease while experiencing the energetic body - the flow of prana, or qi, through the chakras - through the practices of asana, pranayama, chanting, restorative yoga and meditation. Together, we’ll bring to life the path of the yoga practice and the practical philosophy that becomes a guiding light for our lives. Throughout these four sessions, you will gain confidence and poise as you learn new techniques, tips, and tricks for approaching challenging poses with greater skill, nuance, and ease, all within a supportive and welcoming community where questions are encouraged.
Expect slow, well-rounded practices exploring profound and accessible meditation (samyama) and breath practices (pranayama), time spent workshopping poses - downward facing dog, handstand, headstand, crane and upward facing bow pose, to name a few - and time for Q&A and discussion of the path of the yoga practice.
Yoga Foundations 1 is not a requirement for this course, though a steady practice of 6 months or more is recommended.
Week 1 : Sensing the Pause
Week 2 : Releasing the Knot
Week 3 : Shifting Perspective
Week 4 : Riding the Changing Edge