Yoga is one of the only approaches to health that assists in keeping your body healthy, strong, and flexible while simultaneously providing mental clarity and emotional well-being. Available to any level of experience, we combine ancient tradition with innovation. Encouraging and forward-looking, we offer a wide variety of classes; you're sure to find one to suit your needs. If you come, breathe, and try your best, you’ll notice immediate benefits.
“Exercising in a Yin way involves stasis and long traction, strengthening connective tissues in areas like the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Years of dedicated asana practice will make everyone healthier, stronger and more flexible, but at some point the muscles have reached their limit of flexibility,” explains Bernie Clark, creator of YinYoga.com. "New depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, or an increased flow of energy may only be achievable by focusing on the deeper tissues of the body. This is why so many students are finding Yin Yoga to be the perfect complement and balance to their more active Yang practices.”
The simple, gentle poses, all done seated or reclining work to open fascia and connective tissues in a quiet inner practice.
For all levels.
The class and its emphasis is on postural foundation and safety in alignment of the body. A perfect class for all levels including beginning students, or those recovering from illness or injuries, seniors and for women who are pregnant. The class consists of flowing, non-strenuous yoga movements in a chair, standing and on the floor designed to gently stretch skeletal muscles and deeply relax the nervous system.
For all levels.
Yoga is not about twisting yourself into a pretzel. It’s about giving your body the attention and love it needs through breathing and gentle movements. It’s about being healthier and happier at any age.
Join yoga instructor Karen as she helps you to reconnect with your body with carefully designed yoga sessions. Karen will help you to increase your flexibility, reduce stiffness, eliminate stress and find more energy
Whether you are new to yoga, or want to restart your practice, gentle hatha is for you.
Hatha Vinyasa flow:
This class links the postures practiced in a regular Hatha class into a sequence of movements that flow with the breath in a more vigorous series. Hatha Vinyasa flow involves moving from one posture to another with very little rest in between and creates a strong cardiovascular workout. Some yoga experience is highly recommended.
Restorative yoga, offered once a month:
Restorative postures, which are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters, and other props, are designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully let go, which is why they are typically held longer—about 5 to 2o minutes. They are also arranged with the head below or near the same level as the heart, which helps to stimulate reflexes that quiet the brain and heart. To many frazzled Western yogis, minimizing effort can feel counterintuitive, but there are real benefits to what may seem like doing very little.
Yoga has long been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol, which, in elevated levels, is associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And a few small studies on restorative practices specifically have shown that it can do the same, and may also help cancer patients fight depression and fatigue. Teachers of the practice witness even deeper benefits from slowing down.
Restorative yoga is in fact better than sleep for releasing tense muscles, relieving joint aches, and transitioning the mind and body quickly from stress to calm. It also teaches conscious control of relaxation. Sleep is essential for completing the job of full recovery of the nervous system, sorting out memories and emotions, and literally finding meaning in our lives.
Yoga Nidra offered once a month:
Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. The profound depth of Yoga Nidra is far beyond just relaxation. Most important of all, it is the persistent practice that brings the real joy of the practice of Yoga Nidra, as with all useful practices in life and Yoga.
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma .
Chakra Meditation (Only offered occasionally):
Chakra is a concept referring to wheel-like vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, are believed to exist in the surface of the etheric double of man. The Chakras are said to be “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body, the layers of the subtle bodies in an ever-increasing fan-shaped formation. Rotating vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. Different systems posit a varying number of chakras; the most well known system in the West is that of seven chakras.
In my workshops, I will give you a taste of a simple beginner chakra meditation, as well as some fundamental physical actions to include. I will make it simple and easy to understand so that when you're finished with the workshop, you may actually feel your chakras.
Hammock Fitness or Aerial Yoga:
This class is only offered on a private basis.
Hammock Fitness is a new type of fitness that uses a fabric hammock, sometimes called a yoga swing, as a tool to help students achieve traditional Yoga positions with less stress to the joints.
Can anyone do hammock fitness?
Yes. Provided one does not have any physical counter indications, anyone who can do at least 2 consecutive push ups can do Hammock Fitness
How difficult is an hammock fitness class?
It depends on which hammock fitness class you take. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose.
Will I be successful in my first class?
Yes! Everyone leaves the class a success! Since this is a YOGA class there is no competition nor ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace, starting from where they are.
What should I wear?
Wear workout wear that covers armpits and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Not too loose clothing. Gloves and Socks can be worn as well. NO JEWELRY
What should I bring to an hammock fitness class?
Water, sweat towel and a mat (if you want your own – we also have mats available for use in the studio)
Do I need to be a yoga practitioner?
Which hammock fitness class is best for me?
This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with the beginners hammock fitness class before advancing. Heavenlyoga's beginners classes (offered privately only) are the least challenging.
Should I come on an empty stomach?
We recommend a very light, healthy snack to stave off dizziness, however, we do not recommend a big meal.
Will I get dizzy doing hammock fitness?
If you have an abnormally low blood pressure or a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia, avoid the inversions, or only stay in them for only a few breaths.
How will I feel after an hammock fitness class?
You should feel taller, lighter and renewed.
Are you sure the Yoga Hammock will hold me?
Every portion of the silk yoga swing is rated for over 2000 pounds. The points in the ceiling where our hammock fitness equipment is suspended have been placed by a professional.
What if I am afraid?
The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In hammock fitness, we bring ourselves to presence before we begin class. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground.
Who would you recommend should be cautious with an hammock fitness class?
People who are or have very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke, botox injections (within 6 hours).
One to one and a half hour private sessions are available by appointment for $50.00 per hour. Breaks are given to those students that come more than once a week. Please call Karen for details. 858-531-5975
Yoga is for everyone. I offer a variety of classes for every level and style. Don't know what you like? Come visit a few classes.