OmTown Yoga Class Descriptions

Basics and Beyond

Students with little or no experience of Yoga will learn foundational poses, principles and vocabulary to practice Yoga with confidence and care.  Continuing or and returning students will learn to apply alignment principles that can take their yoga to a new level.  Everyone will experience their breath and body in mind-expanding ways in a safe and friendly environment.  All props, including mats, are available. Your posture and outlook on life may improve!

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is slow, deliberate and respectful of each student’s unique physique.  Great for seniors, recovering over-achievers, injured athletes and reforming couch potatoes.  Slow down and gain the deeply rewarding benefits of safe, invigorating movement, guided concentration, breathing, and balance exercises, all amidst good company!   Your nervous system will thank you.  No experience necessary.

All Levels

This well-rounded, full spectrum class welcomes anyone familiar with a variety of basic yoga poses, and a desire to delve deeper into the breadth of Yoga’s mindbody and spirit practices.  An All Levels or mixed levels class is meant to challenge but not discourage you!  Props and guidance are available to help make the class accessible but please no acute injuries.

Level I-II

For students with at least 3 months regular practice, no acute injuries,  and an interest in trying, learning, and refining your Yoga education.    Gain strength and flexibility, improve balance, soothe your nervous system and grow your heart’s capacity for compassion, by practicing standing poses, twists, forward bends, backbends, balancings and more.  Learn basic pranayama and meditation techniques.

Aging With Grace

Bring your ID, you may be carded!  While spiritual traditions universally elevate the status of Elders, today’s older Yogis may not find modern, youth-driven yoga classes relevant or friendly, and too hot or too fast. This class is grounded in reverent appreciation for lives well-lived and the physical realities of aging bodies.  It also welcomes students who simply want a later-in-the-evening class!

Slow Flow Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a general term that means movement coordinated and integrated with breath and is often based on a flow through sun salutations and variations on this sequence of poses.  By mindfully linking breath and movement in a creative sequence, an awareness of heart, breath, body and mind create the sense of authentic connection to self and others.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga  increases mindfulness and healing with long-held postures that improve the strength and flexibility in our connective tissues, or fascia.  The method is especially supportive of joint, ligament, and fascial health.  Props are used generously in each class to help students relax fully into the postures and relax the mind as well.  Yin Yoga perfectly complements active ‘Yang’ activities like cycling, hiking, dancing and running.

Viniyoga

Viniyoga is a particularly gentle form of Yoga with a strong focus on individual adaptation and breath development.  It is accessible for all body types and especially applicable for therapeutic purposes.  OmTown Yoga is honored to host Viniyoga classes with Marcie Leek, whose schedule at OmTown can be found at her website www.nourishingbreathyoga.com

TGIF: Relax & Renew

Rest deeply through restorative postures, guided breathing, meditation and visualization practices.  TGIF also may include enchanting live music and Yoga Nidra.  In Restorative Yoga, rather than doing the poses, the poses do us! Also known as “active relaxation”,  the body is supported with props to relieve the effects of chronic stress and tension. Yoga Nidra, “Sleep of the Yogi”, can help you experience a profound  sense of calmness and well-being, and promises a good night’s sleep.

Chair Yoga

Chair-Assisted Yoga is for those who find it difficult to get down on, or up from, the floor, for any variety of reasons. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of relaxation, conscious breathing, and gentle exercise  in this  class. Students are encouraged to use available props like  chairs and walls to practice exercises that support balance, strength and mobility.  Yes, you can practice at home in your easy chair!

Yoga for Chronic and Recurrent Pain

This 6-week program is based on clinical studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using Yoga Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain.   Learn simple and thoughtful exercises that address pain from an integrated bodymind perspective, emphasizing gentle movement and conscious breathing.  Wendy’s instruction is drawn from decades of study and practice of Yoga, biomechanics and injury treatment.  No yoga experience is necessary. Class size is limited to offer personal attention.  There will be homework!

Level II-III

An Intermediate level class. Practice at a moderate to vigorous pace and learn advanced poses. Increase your subtle body awareness. Cultivate steadiness and ease. Experience and refine your understanding of biomechanical principles and energy anatomy. One year of regular class experience or private practice recommended.