WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga as practiced in the West is a combination of physical movement with stretching, breathing and meditation. It is known for its many health benefits and balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Originating in ancient India, Yoga is the union between the mind, body and spirit. The practice of physical postures (asanas) helps get the body for meditation. It is the oldest physical discipline known to humankind.
Yoga is a great way to ensure overall health and physical fitness. Through meditation and breathing (pranayama), stress can be reduced. Through stretching and moving, you can gently massage the organs, help reduce inflammation in the body, manage pain, lose weight, and much more.
Newbie (No Current Physical Activity): Gentle Yoga, Tai Chi, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Kripalu Yoga
All Levels (Some Current Physical Activity): All of the Above Plus...Hatha Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Kundalini Yoga
Experienced (Current Physical Activity and Yoga Experience): Power Flow Yoga
We believe yoga is for every-body! Join us and feel at home.
Gentle Yoga focuses on a series of basic yoga asanas, mostly the warm-ups and cool downs you would find in a all levels class. The class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement and attention to alignment. It is a wonderful class for gentle strengthening, increasing flexibility, releasing tension and enhancing overall balance. Gentle yoga is appropriate for all levels.
Hatha Yoga is a system of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a yogic sage in the 15th century in India. This particular system of yoga is the most popular forms. Hatha Yoga tries to achieve balance between body and mind, as well as attempts to free the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses. Hatha yoga classes contain slow-paced stretching with some simple breathing exercises and seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.
Kripalu means compassion. By bringing compassion into our physical practice, we not only provide a safe space to explore the abilities of our bodies, we plant the seeds of compassion to grow in every aspect of our lives. We will flow at a steady and moderate pace, bringing full awareness to the breath and the sensations that arise throughout practice.
Kundalini Yoga was kept secret until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini Yoga, began teaching it to new students. Yogi Bhajan studied Kundalini Yoga and brought the technology to the West in order to help prepare his students for the major universal transitions ahead.
Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness as it makes you aware of your own soul and consciousness. It brings balance to the mind while also stimulating your glandular system, strengthening your nervous system, and purifying your blood. Kundalini yoga combines intense breathwork with yoga postures, eye focus, mudras, and matras to clear the mind and bring spiritual awareness.
Kundalini Yoga is meant for everyone. It is not necessary to be in excellent shape or super-flexible to begin, however it will aid in increasing your flexibility, getting you into better physical shape, and increasing your lung capacity. This style of yoga is also great for keeping your mind alert and young as well as the rest of you! While Kundalini yoga has obvious physical benefits, its benefits for your emotional and spiritual well-being is one of the greatest benefits.
Vinyasa Yoga seeks to synchronize moment and breath in a set series of asanas (poses). Vinyasa classes typically allow asanas to flow from one to the next, as if creating a dance of movement. Join us and learn about meditation in motion. (Wake Up & Flow and Morning Flow are Vinyasa Flow styles. Slow Flow is a slower version of Vinyasa and Beginner's Flow is an introduction to yoga asanas and this style of yoga. Power Flow is an intense version of Vinyasa using extra strength to accomplish asanas.)
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to more dynamic and active yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. Yin Yoga emphasizes stillness and silence. The practice prepares both the body and mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
RESTORATIVE YOGA/DEEP RELAXATION (specialty class; see calendar)
Restorative yoga is a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. When supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression.
Chest-opening poses encourage breath and prana (energy) to flow through the entire body. Forward bends gently lengthen all the muscles of the back body. Done in sequence, a restorative yoga practice will bring your whole body into a deeply relaxed state, and allow your mind to become quiet and reflective, with your mental, psychological, and emotional bodies in blissful balance.
PARTNERS YOGA (specialty class; see calendar)
Performing partner yoga poses builds a high level of trust and intimacy. It can be a fun exercise to do with friends and relatives, or a special moment shared with your significant other. Working through a yoga sequence with someone else extends a number of benefits. It’s non-competitive fitness in which two or more people can engage. It builds relationships and trust. Partners can assist one another with more challenging asanas or help with guided meditation. And it’s a fun activity to share! This class is for the beginner yogi.
Take a moment to stop and listen to your body. Learning about meditation will help relax the mind and restore the spirit. Benefits of meditation include:
1) Improved Concentration - When the mind is quieted clear and creative
2) Less Bothered by Things - You'll realize things that used to bother you seem to swim off of you.
3) Better Health - Many studies conclude meditation lowers your blood pressure, stops anxiety, and promotes weight loss.
4) Knowledge of Self - There's nothing better than learning about yourself. You'll be able to let go of baggage you've held onto for years!
TAI CHI CHUAN
Both Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong are ancient Chinese arts that promote relaxation, stress relief, health, and longevity through cultivation of chi -- the life force within and around us. Movements are slow and gentle, combining mindful, deeply calming gestures, precise alignment and coordinated breathing.
Tai Chi progresses across the floor in dance-like steps, while Qi Gong is practiced mostly standing. Both include arm gestures and torso turns designed to stimulate chi. But Tai Chi Chuan, which translates as Grand Ultimate Fist, is also a martial art. Called a "soft" martial art, its movements are slow and relaxed as opposed to "hard" martial arts that are practiced with speed and muscular force.
Tai Chi Chuan is a series of pushes, pulls, punches, kicks, blocks and the defensive moves that accompany them, all practiced gently, precisely, and mindfully. Tai Chi provides thorough, low-impact training for the entire body. Because of the breathing techniques, Tai Chi is also an aerobic workout. The movements are easily modified, making them suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, from young athletes to older adults to people with chronic illness or disability. Tai Chi is one of the most popular forms of exercise, practiced by millions of people around the world.
YOGA & MEDITATION FOR THE WORKPLACE
Looking to have a healthy happy staff? Yoga and meditation classes can help improve employee productivity and reduce absenteeism. Yoga and meditation has been known to help lower blood pressure, slow down the heart rate, bring happiness, clarity and peace of mind. Let us help you create a program for your staff whether it is a one hour class for a retreat or a weekly class.
PRENATAL YOGA (specialty class)
Learn natural and low impact yoga asanas you can do while expecting. Discover the physical and mental benefits of prenatal yoga while taking time for yourself.
Barefoot Yoga and Wellness Studio located offers Veteran's yoga classes at a discounted rate. According to the Veterans's Yoga Project, yoga is “a valuable complement to professional treatment for post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related psycho-emotional difficulties.” Veterans should ask for the Veterans special discount.
YOGA FOR TEENS & CHILDREN (specialty class)
Enjoy one hour of moving your body and gaining self confidence with other like-minded peers. This class is for teens ages 12-17 and children ages 6-12.
OFF THE MAT
Off the Mat is a special program where Barefoot teachers go out into the community and offer free or low cost services to those who would not be able to receive such opportunities. Groups include Juvenile Detention Centers, Prisons, Inner City Schools, Veterans programs, and more.
To find out more information for your organization or to help create a scholarship for this program or help us make peace and yoga possible to all, contact Susan. We appreciate your help in making positive differences in the world!
Please note, no one will be turned away due to financial issues. We believe that yoga should be available to anyone regardless of financial ability. Please email us if you need special accommodations. We offer donation-based classes and karma yoga as available.