Yoga has been around for over 5000 years. Originally yoga was a pathway of self realization for students. It was a way to know yourself in the most meaningful way. The poses in yoga were later designed and added to help students be flexible so they could spend more time in contemplation and focus, and meditation.
Today there are several styles and interpretations of yoga offered all over the world. When properly done, yoga can do more than just increase your flexibility. Taking a small amount of time stretching while paying attention to how your body feels, is a powerful stress reliever. In our classes at Lotus Wellness Center we want to honor our teachers’ methods and share the benefits that come from stretching and releasing stress that comes with daily living. You do not have to be flexible to begin yoga. Click on “Contact” at the top of the page if you have questions about starting yoga.
Basic Yoga (Beginners welcome)
Taught by Eric Tuesday mornings at 8:30am, this is an introductory class for people who are new to Yoga and who may find the idea of going to a regular class somewhat unnerving. In it we will explain some of the history and philosophy of Yoga and introduce some basic postures (asanas). We will spend part of each class on breath work (pranayama), which provides an essential foundation for Yoga. We will explain what to expect when attending other types of classes.
Taught by Corie, this gentle and relaxing class is designed to pair breath work and movement together to make a better mind body connection. Come practice with us some grounding and centering warmups, sun salutations leading to a slow flowing vinyasa, ending class with a deep relaxation.
Taught by Kristie on Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm, this is a relaxing class in which positions are held for a longer period of time with the aid of props for comfort. Good for all students who want to enjoy a restorative practice by candlelight. Come and melt into your mat.
Taught by Tammy twice on Wednesday’s at 4:30pm & 6:15pm. Yin Yoga focuses on stillness and deepening into a pose to allow muscles to relax and soft tissues to open. Yin tissues include ligaments, fascia and joints. The practice expands and nourishes these deep connective tissues of the body.
Holding poses for one to five minutes creates a gentle traction or therapeutic stretching of connective tissue and joints. Benefits include improved circulation, increased flexibility and mobility, protection of joints by increasing synovial fluid, increased stamina and decreased stress.
Yin yoga enhances self-awareness, deepens your practice and brings balance, healing, stillness and relaxation to the body, mind and spirit. Yin Yoga is rooted in the Taoist belief that energy runs through meridians housed in our connective tissues. The practice helps release blockages to allow the free flow of energy through the body.
Yin is the perfect complement to more dynamic yoga styles, biking, running and our busy yang life styles. Yin is appropriate for all levels.
Taught by Kristie on Thursday evening at 4:30 pm, this is a “user friendly” class that a person of just about any fitness level can benefit from. Use of breath throughout the class is paramount, form is closely observed, and one leaves class feeling rejuvenated and uplifted. Students are often told they are now in a nonjudgmental/ noncompetitive atmosphere, and they should focus on what their bodies are able to do and have joy in it.
Slow Flow and Restore
Taught by Libby on Thursday evenings at 6:15pm, this Restorative yoga class helps to release tension from the body and mind by the use of props and gentle poses. Appropriate for all levels, the focus of this class is on relaxation and stress reduction. Regular practice of restorative yoga can help alleviate pain, lessen anxiety, improve circulation and relieve insomnia. No prior yoga experience required.
All Level Vinyasa
Taught by Debbie on Saturday morning at 9:30 am, this class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate students who want a strengthening and vigorous workout. The class will utilize flowing vinyasa series, strengthening and toning poses, stretching and improvement of muscles, and improving postures all while connecting movement with breath.
Prenatal and Baby Love YogaGrowing a human is a lot of work. It puts your body and your spirit through a lot. And it is a precious time when a mama is bursting with promise for what this new life could bring.
Taught by Elka on Saturday mornings at 11:00am this Prenatal Yoga class is about taking time to nurture both the physical and emotional self of a pregnant mama. It is about building strength to carry precious life inside you with more ease as your belly grows. It is about stretching, releasing back pain and bringing peace to your changing body. It is about connecting to your breath and finding the balance that can carry you through the hormonal shifts and mood swings that will come. It is about cleansing your body of toxins to aid in the digestive discomfort that your baby can bring forth in you. It is about caring for yourself and your baby.
Prenatal Yoga is also the perfect preparation for childbirth. By connecting to your breath, and practicing breathing through discomfort, you can prepare to breathe through contractions. By connecting to your intuition and your body, you can prepare to listen to the messages that your body will send you while you labor about how to ease your baby out into the world. By practicing certain poses, you help to loosen the pelvis to prepare it to open and strengthen the legs to help them to hold you in the most effective birth positions.
We also encourage our postnatal mamas to return to prenatal yoga for as long as it feels like the right fit for them. The poses that we use to prepare our bodies to give birth are also very beneficial in recovering for pregnancy and birth. We use modifications for all stages of the process to allow yoga to be accessible to women throughout their pregnancy and recovery, and at any level of experience. We often have women who have never practiced yoga before in our class.
There is something truly special about a yoga studio full of pregnant and postnatal mamas. Coming to prenatal yoga you will have a chance to connect with other women who are with you in what you are going through. You will be inspired by those further along than you to continue to build strength and balance. You will be excited by those who join us newly pregnant. We build a community of pregnant mamas in our class that is truly special.