I am thrilled to be teaching weekly yoga classes in Stonington, Maine. All classes are held at the Island Community Center. I have mats, blankets, blocks, straps, and everything that you need for your practice. All you have to bring is yourself!
Special Event Classes: Please reserve your spot ahead of time
Sunday September 1st
4-5:30 p.m. Therapy Balls: HIPS AND LOWER BACK
Please note: There will be no classes September 17th-23rd, or October 10th-20th.
8:30-10 a.m. Elements of Hatha
8:30-9:45 a.m. Radiant Core Hatha Level 2
5:30-6:45 p.m. Yoga for All: Healthy Spine
8:30-10 a.m. Yin with Crystal Singing Bowls
8:30-9:45 a.m. Radiant Core Hatha Level 2
10-11:15 a.m. Gentle Yoga
5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Level 1/2 with Guest Teacher Bob Hiemstra
Please note: There is no class on the first Friday of each month. Enjoy First Friday in Greater Stonington!
8:30-9:45 a.m. Yoga for All
10-11:15 a.m. Gentle Yoga
8:30-10 a.m. Vinyasa All-Levels
$170/10 class pack (valid for 4 months)
$300/20 class pack (valid for 4 months)
No extensions on class packages. Class fees are payable by cash or check.
Class schedule is subject to revision based on attendance.
Yoga for All
This level 1 hatha class is perfect for anyone who enjoys moving slowly and mindfully towards greater balance, flexibility and strength. Some weight-bearing on the hands and knees is required. All levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged. No previous experience with yoga necessary.
Yoga for All: Healthy Spine
This level 1 hatha class is devoted to addressing some of the postural misalignments encouraged by hours of sitting, driving, typing at the computer, working on your fishing gear, leaning over a desk, a drafting table, a kitchen counter, or a potter’s wheel. The aim of this practice is to develop a balance of tone and elasticity in your tissues to support and maintain the healthy arches of your spine. With regular practice, you will awaken and strengthen the intrinsic stabilizing muscles of your pelvis and deep core so as to provide crucial support for your lower back. Through both passive and active stretches, you will restore mobility to the myofascia so as to enjoy a newfound sense of freedom, comfort, and aliveness in your body. You will also look at opening up the chest, releasing tension from the neck, and returning the head to its upright position on top of your now beautifully undulating vertebral column! It’s a great class for nurturing your mind-body connection, enhancing energy and self-confidence, and freeing up the breath. All levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged. No previous experience with yoga necessary.
Gentle Yoga (summer only)
This mindfully-paced and deeply nurturing level 1 class is geared towards those who prefer a more gentle approach. It is suitable for anyone who enjoys practicing in an atmosphere that encourages moving with great sensitivity and care. Postures are practiced primarily in supine, seated and standing positions (with the optional support of a chair). No weight-bearing on the hands or knees is required. One of the physical aims of this class is to support the healthy aging process so that we can continue to enjoy the daily activities that bring meaning and joy to our lives even into our later years. With regular practice, yoga can help to maintain bone density, restore natural range of motion to the joints, improve balance, build strength, and richly enhance mind-body awareness. For those recovering from illness or injury who wish to ease back into their practice, this class is a wonderful place to begin. The class concludes with a deeply relaxing guided meditation. All levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged. No previous experience with yoga necessary.
Elements of Hatha Level 1/2
This level 1/2 hatha class is devoted to exploring individual elements of the “Yoga for All” practice with greater precision and depth. Combining moments of workshop with moments of mindful flow, this class is open to all levels from beginners to advanced and is perfect for those who love learning and who wish to deepen their mind-body connection. This class provides slightly more challenge than the “Yoga for All” classes. It requires some weight-bearing on the arms. Some experience with yoga is recommended but not required.
Radiant Core Hatha Level 2 (summer only)
This level 2 hatha class is devoted to exploring the meaning of core in yoga and what it feels like to move from your center of gravity. Get ready to think outside the box and to move in new and unfamiliar ways in this strength and conditioning practice! This class typically begins with precise and isolated exercises to awaken the intrinsic muscles that stabilize your hips, pelvis, spine and/or shoulder girdle (depending on chosen focus). You will then be invited to carry that awareness with you into more functional movement. Learn how to support the natural curves of your spine as you transition through your practice by accessing a deep source of inner vitality and strength. Transform your poses into living expressions of energy that reveal themselves from the inside out. This class provides slightly more challenge than the “Elements of Hatha” class. It requires weight-bearing on the arms in positions such as downward-facing dog and plank pose. It is not suitable for those with active shoulder or wrist injuries unless the student is familiar with how to modify and is comfortable making these adaptations for him- or herself in the context of a group practice. Some experience with yoga is recommended but not required.
Vinyasa Yoga Level 1/2
Vinyasa yoga is a flowing style of yoga that links movement with breath. Weaving seamlessly between one pose and the next, this practice becomes a moving meditation. This class moves at a mindful pace with plenty of options given for those who wish to modify or for those who wish to incorporate more advanced options. This class is more physically demanding than the "Elements of Hatha" class and requires extensive weight-bearing on the arms. It is therefore not suitable for those with active shoulder or wrist injuries. Some experience with vinyasa yoga is highly recommended.
Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing style of yoga that links movement with breath. Weaving seamlessly from one pose to the next, the practice becomes a moving meditation. This class includes continuous movement, moves at a faster pace, and is more physically demanding than the Hatha classes. This class requires extensive weight-bearing on the arms and is therefore not suitable for those with active shoulder or wrist injuries. Some experience with vinyasa yoga is highly recommended.
Yin with Crystal Singing Bowls
Yin is a slow, quiet, deceptively intense practice that involves holding passive poses for longer periods of time. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues of the body – the joint capsules, ligaments and fascia – making them stronger and more resilient and restoring natural range of motion to the joints. Gentle Yin is a meditative practice that facilitates a profound inner relaxation, harmonizes the energies of the body and serves as a vital counterbalance to the faster-paced yang-style classes. Students are invited to go inward, to train in bearing witness to what is happening inside with curiosity and compassion. Bathe in the sound of crystal singing bowls as you rest deeply in savasana. All levels are welcome. Beginners are encouraged. No previous experience with yoga necessary. No weight-bearing on the arms is required. Recommended: an eye pillow for those with sensitivity to light.
Myofascial Release and Crystal Singing Bowls (starts again on Friday mornings 8:30-10 a.m. in late October after the Farmer’s Market ends)
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and effective technique that involves applying a gentle and sustained pressure to the connective tissues of the body using therapy balls and other self-massage tools to improve blood and lymphatic circulation, eliminate pain, and to restore natural range of motion to the joints. The MFR class is a meditative practice of self-inquiry and of listening closely to the messages you receive from within. Proprioception refers to awareness of our body in space and in movement, to our sense of where all of our various parts are in relation to each other. Interception refers to our ability to feel and understand what is going on inside of our bodies, to awareness of our internal processes. One of the many benefits of working with the therapy balls is that by stimulating the nerve endings in our myofascia, they heighten our proprioceptive and interoceptive awareness. The Myofascial Release class invites you to make fresh discoveries about how you are put together at every level – body, mind, heart and spirit – and to make choices that honor what you come to learn about yourself. Bathe in the sound of crystal singing bowls as you rest deeply in savasana. All levels are welcome. No previous experience necessary. No weight-bearing on the arms is required.
Vinyasa Level 2/3 (winter only)
Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing style of yoga that links movement with breath. Weaving seamlessly from one pose to the next, the practice becomes a moving meditation. This class includes continuous movement, moves at a faster pace, and is more physically demanding than the level 1/2 class. Arm balances and inversions are incorporated into the flow with plenty of options given for those who wish to modify. This class requires extensive weight-bearing on the arms and is therefore not suitable for those with active shoulder or wrist injuries. Some experience with vinyasa yoga is required.
Flight Club (Saturdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. winter only)
Single-leg standing balances, arm balances, backbends and inversions are rich symbols of the joy, playfulness and freedom that await us on the other side of fear. These poses are invitations to discover that we are capable of far more than we ever dreamed of both on and off our mats. Flight club is a vinyasa level 2/3 class that is devoted to exploring these elusive poses in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Expect to sweat, be challenged, laugh, celebrate, and learn from one another. Extensive weight-bearing on the arms is required. This class is not suitable for those with active shoulder or wrist injuries. Some experience with vinyasa yoga is required.