Utilizing the Chair

October 22, Sunday 2-4 pm $22
With Ross Holland
Recharge your practice utilizing Iyengar yoga chair techniques.
The yoga chair has always been a useful friend and great teacher of Iyengar yoga. It allows us to explore our body better, get better extension and support of the spine, get deeper into twists and hold longer and easier inversions.
In this workshop you will have fun while learning to use the chair in creative ways to deepen and explore traditional yoga poses. By using the chair you will learn to energize your practice and experience a new and greater depth of freedom in your body, expand your mind and awaken the playfulness of your spirit.

Monthly Restorative Yoga

Starting Monday, October 30, 6-7:30 pm
With Colleen Gallagher
Octobers theme will be ‘restorative poses for emotional disturbances’.

Feeling ‘burned out’ is often a result of endless performing, competing, and acting in life, and gradually losing touch with oneself. Over time this might lead to low self-esteem or ending up in dead-end situation. Body, breath and movement are the tools to get reconnected with oneself; in this class you will have specific yogic sequences according to your capacity to address this situation.

Learn the Ropes

November 19, Sunday 2-4 pm $22
With Judy RosenzweigRopes class at iYoga
(class size limited preregistration required)

Yoga Kurunta (rope yoga) is a series of Iyengar style asanas practiced with aid of ropes on a wall. Ropes can be an invaluable tool for students who are stiff, weak or unable to perform certain asanas independently.

Also, many students are not always ready for inversions, and a rope wall helps to facilitate the process by making the student feel more stable and secure. Much like the alignment-based principles of  Iyengar Yoga, the ropes help students become more aware of the orientation of their bodies.

You will experience greater opening of certain areas while still strengthening and toning your body.

Core Concept – Soften to Strengthen

December 10, Sunday 2-4 pm $22
Instructor Marti Parker

When you think of the word core, terms like hard and tight likely come to mind. The secret to a strong middle, however, is actually to soften in your practice. In this practice you will learn how to work, but not overwork, your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.

Middle Management
The core is made up of 5 muscles:
Rectus abdominis – your ‘six-pack’ abs, which run along the front of the body from the middle of the rib cage to the pubic bone.
Psoas – this hip-flexor and spinal-extensor muscle runs from each vertebra of your lower (lumbar) spine, travels across the front of your pelvis, and attaches to your upper, inner thighbone
Obliques – the side muscles that run diagonally along the flank of the body and attach to the rectus abdominis at the midline.
Quadratus lumborum – this stabilizing muscle runs from the lowest ribs to the pelvic crest in your back body, and is often thought of as the key to good posture.
Transverse abdominis – these run horizontally below your obliques, from your rib cage to your pelvis, and act as a corset for your abdomen.

The poses in this sequence address all of the core muscles to be softer and stronger. Physically, a strong core helps you stay balanced, move from one pose to the next with muscular integrity, maintain good posture and a healthy spine. Emotionally, your core is your energy and spiritual center.

Remember the old saying: gut reaction or I feel it in my guts?

Core work helps you to realize that the practice of yoga is really about connecting to your truest self and helps you develop a deeper sense of self.