11:00 – 11:50 am Mid-Day Yoga Refresh
12:00 – 12:20 pm Mindful Pause
First Monday of the Month • Julianne
6:00 – 7:15 pm Foundations of Mindful Flow for Strength: Hatha Yoga and Meditation
Mindful Flow for Strength
A full body workout that moves gracefully without rushing, and leaves you mentally clear and physically rejuvenated. It includes a quiet beginning with some words of inspiration and intention setting, warm ups, standing poses and varied sun salutation flow series, balance poses, exercises that strengthen the upper body and core, deep cool down floor stretches and a deep relaxation. Classes are designed to physically engage and stretch the whole body and improve the ability to focus. This class is for all levels and can be approached in a gentle, moderate or intense way. Skillful step-by-step instructions and a spirit of lightness make this class enjoyable and enriching. Class sequences remain similar from class to class allowing the student to know what to expect and dig deeper into postures and approaches they are familiar with. Gradually new postures, variations and actions are introduced – providing the challenges necessary to keep the spirit and mind bright and the body growing and developing.
Foundations of Mindful Flow for Strength
This class is a distillation of the general Mindful Flow for Strength class described above. As well as serving as a mild to moderate full body workout, this class addresses technical foundations both physically and mentally. Perfect for a person new to Mindful Flow for Strength Yoga as well as for the more experienced student who wants to revisit the foundations to be sure her or his practice is built on solid ground.
A time to pause, reset and recharge. We all know how much more patient, focused and effective we can be once we take a few minutes to breathe mindfully, get more aware and reconnect. Join Julianne for this mindful breathing, mini stretch and meditation lunch break. Intended to leave you clear, peaceful and uplifted.
Mid-Day Yoga Refresh
Take 50 minutes of mindful movement during the middle of the day, a perfect chance to refresh yourself physically and mentally. This flow-based class moves efficiently through the postures, providing a full-body workout without rushing. The class aims to engage physically, while emphasizing mental concentration, conscious breath awareness, and intentional body movement.
Sunday Morning Yoga
An all-level hatha yoga class, designed to exercise the whole body, emphasizing spatial awareness, breath awareness and creativity. Always something a little different. Sequences will vary from week to week to complement new themes of exploration.
Meditation in Motion
A 75-minute class incorporating fundamentals of pranayama (yogic practice of focusing on breath) and gentle asana sequences to deepen your connection of mind and body. Reset, rebalance, and reinvigorate your body and vayus (vital energies) through purposeful breath and intentionally refined movement. Each class will be concluded with a mindful meditation session.
a Moving Meditation, a Mindfulness and Movement Practice
Mary Ellen’s myMovingness classes are wholistic in approach and are based on natural movement. They explore the physical to the sensory, the sensory to the emotional and the emotional to the energetic body's wisdom. Based on 10 Somatic Foundations and the tracking of sensations in the body classes are meditative, moving and self reflective. “Somatic” means “a sensing from within oneself.” It is often used to describe a practice that uses the mind-body connection to help one survey the internal self, listening to signals the body is sending about pain and discomfort.
Through gentle movement, Mary Ellen guides you on a path to tap into the wisdom of your body working toward healing and the experience of wholeness. She will provide step-by-step instructions to help you reconnect with your body/mind. Building on somatic fundamentals you will move into dynamic sequences that allow for flow and movement in ways you perhaps have long forgotten.
This class is a little hard to describe. To help understand more what to expect enjoy viewing this short video below. It is beautiful. It is Mary Ellen practicing along with original music composed by my fiancé, Stu Wilson.
"Why would someone want to do this movement?"
Mary Ellen responds:
The short answer is it feels good! Deeper thought: While moving I was tracking the sensation I felt from pressing my foot into the floor as it moved through my leg, up toward my low back and ultimately into my spine and then my arm. This slow and single-focused awareness woke up parts of my body that had stopped moving. When we focus our attention inward we can’t help noticing what’s happening in the rest of the body. We are then able to connect to timing.
Thomas Hanna tells us that timing is a function of movement that is “autonomous, involuntary and unconscious, just beneath the restless searchlight of our consciousness.” Once these dormant parts of the body start moving one is able to integrate awareness with timing. What is learned by integrating timing is not simply the ability to coordinate a sequence of movements. Rather it is the ability to coordinate them toward what the body knows and wants – this is the wisdom of efficiency, comfort, and ease. That means this particular sequence may take you somewhere your body wants to go. Often quite unexpected and very satisfying. Hoping you will explore.
Julianne, Calvin, Cathy, and Mary Ellen offer these online classes on a donation basis. Thank you for your ongoing and generous weekly and monthly class donations. They support our continued offerings and the future outreach of yoga as a whole. They are greatly appreciated.
Note: Preferred payment methods are always Venmo or Zelle.