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!
Please note: There are no classes September 17th-23rd.
Please note: There will be no classes September 17th-23rd or November 25th-30th. There will be no evening classes on October 15th or 16th.
8:30-10 a.m. Elements of Hatha
5:30-6:45 p.m. Yoga for All: Healthy Spine
8:30-10 a.m. Yin with Crystal Singing Bowls
5:30-7 p.m. Vinyasa Level 2/3
8:30-10 a.m. Myofascial Release with Crystal Singing Bowls
5:30-6:15 p.m. Yoga Nidra *FREE (starts 10/25)
8:30-9:45 a.m. Yoga for All
10-11:15 a.m. Gentle Yoga
$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.
SPECIAL EVENT CLASSES
Friday September 27th
7-8 p.m. Yoga Nidra with Crystal Singing Bowls: HEAL (class is full)
Sunday September 29th
4-5:30 p.m. Therapy Balls: LOWER BODY (2 spaces left)
Monday September 30th
10:15-11:15 a.m Yoga Nidra with Crystal Singing Bowls: AWAKEN
Friday October 4th
7-8 p.m. Yoga Nidra with Crystal Singing Bowls: QUIET THE MIND (class is full)
Sunday October 6th
4-5:30 p.m. Therapy Balls: HIPS AND LOWER BACK (3 spaces left)
Monday October 7th
10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Nidra with Crystal Singing Bowls: INSPIRE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 with Crystal Singing Bowls
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. Interoception refers to our ability to feel and understand what is going on inside of our bodies, to awareness of our internal processes. By stimulating the nerve endings in our myofascia, the touch pressure of the therapy balls can greatly enhance 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.
Yoga Nidra (starts on October 25th: Fridays 5:30-6:15 p.m.)
Yoga nidra is a form of guided meditation that is performed while lying down comfortably. It is simple and easy to follow. Anyone can do it and all are welcome. You do not need to be practicing yoga with me to participate in these classes. The traditional purpose of yoga nidra is spiritual awakening - coming home to one's true soul. However, it has grown significantly in popularity in recent years due to its numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that when practiced regularly, yoga nidra helps to reduce stress and anxiety, soothe the nervous system, normalize irregular sleep patterns, restore balance to the endocrine system, slow down the aging process, support recovery from injury or illness, improve cognition, boost creativity and memory, enhance overall energy, and help one to find greater meaning and joy in life. One thirty-minute session is thought to be the equivalent of three hours of deep sleep. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share this practice with you. May it be a source of rest, renewal and healing.
Vinyasa Level 2/3
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. to be held as a pre-paid series in winter)
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.