EASY DOES IT YOGA FOR SENIORS AND THE BEGINNER
This class is designed for anyone, but especially
the very beginner or for senior citizens.
It is yoga with the support of a chair or the
Using these supports, you can improve your
balance; strengthen and gain flexibility in the legs, arms and back;
and improve circulation and digestion all with confidence and
security. It is a class which requires effort but within
each individual’s ability. You will learn the basic adjustments and other
techniques for each yoga posture. This class is ideal for
beginners, those suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, back or
neck pain, sleep disorders, high blood pressure (treated by
medication), diabetes or general weakness. This class, like any other yoga class, increases
mental focus and decreases stress.
BEGINNER YOGA TECHNIQUE
Learn how to apply specific techniques for each category
of yoga postures. The categories are back bends, forward
bends, twists, standing poses and balancing poses. Postural
techniques and adjustments are necessary for balance and
unity and so you receive the full benefit of your yoga practice.
You can apply these techniques to any style of yoga.
Based on Kriya, Raja and Hatha yoga, this style of
yoga unites the electrical current of body, the constancy
of breath, the rhythm of the heart and the waves of the
mind to create a sweet harmony and soothing synthesis experienced
to the depths of your being. Strength, relaxation
and well being is profound and lasting. The purpose of yoga
is to calm the mind, bring vitality to the body and understand
the self. You will learn how to breathe while coming into, holding
and coming out of each posture and also breathing techniques
that expand the lungs and calm the mind. You will
experience improved posture, which opens the chest and frees
the respiratory muscles so breathing is easier and deeper.
Deep breathing layered with stretching and strengthening
expels releases and relieves long held tension, pressure,
stiffness, strain, stress, unease and discomfort.
Your posture will improve in the very first class. You
will learn how to align the spine so you look years younger
and stand taller. With focused concentration, you
will simultaneously contract certain muscles for stability
and relax other muscles for extension creating a balance
in the musculoskeletal system from top to bottom, side to
side and from front to back. This balance reduces
friction in the joints, increases blood flow and nerve impulse,
increases range of motion and reduces pain. Focusing
the mind intensely on each body part increases concentration,
improves memory, expands awareness and relieves the mind
of day to day worry, responsibility and duties. This type
of yoga reduces injury for athletes, increases healing potential
and decreases healing time. It decreases pain from
arthritis, increases circulation, relieves anxiety and stress,
increases range of motion, increases oxygen to all the cells
of the body, aids in better sleep, increases vitality and
energy. This class includes breathing techniques, alignment of
the joints and spine, relaxation techniques, deep body awareness
and meditation. You will receive individual attention
in this class. It is possible to start in one of the
other classes, if you have previous yoga experience. Just
talk to Connie for approval. This is a thoughtful
and methodical class and properly prepares you for a more
challenging yoga class.
"To truly learn yoga, you must slow down almost to a complete stop and just observe and then you slowly begin
to move with the breath as you experience your body like never before. Slowly you move toward the pose with the pace of
a slow turtle. The mind is then stilled. This is yoga."~Connie
BEGINNER YOGA II
Beginner Yoga Technique initiates you on the path
to body awareness, dynamic posture, skilled technique,
expansion of body and mind, alignment of the joints,
deep breathing and supreme relaxation Beginner
II Yoga includes yoga flow (vinyasas) of not only body
but of breath and mind. This class includes
more complicated an deeper positions, advances your
technique and requires good health, strength and flexibility.
Keeping in mind that great flexibility is not
what makes a more advanced yoga practitioner. It
is a keen body awareness, focused attention and consistency.
To deepen your experience of release in yoga postures
we will use Iyengar’s style using props such as chairs,
straps, blocks, yoga balls and the wall. In this
flowing style, we hold each pose as we observe our mind/body
releasing its tension. The key to any yoga practice
is the ability to release unnecessary tension in the
body/mind and continue breath work as you hold a challenging
yoga posture. Holding a posture for a longer duration
increases stamina, creates greater flexibility and strength,
and increases all of the benefits a yoga practice promises.
This is a fairly challenging class and is based
on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga. This
class includes deeper work on all of the traditional
yoga postures. You can begin to work on inversions
such as headstands and handstands keeping in mind that
these are advanced poses. You may start in this
class with previous approval. You may have to spend
more time observing at first rather than doing so much.
"An advanced yogi is one with attunement to their body and clear mental focus not someone who is
particularly flexible or strong." ~Connie
It is necessary to have some experience with yoga
before you take Intermediate Yoga. This class
include more sun salutations including upward dog, more
work on inversions, holding the poses longer, deeper
openings of the shoulders, hips and back, meditation
and breath work based on Kriya, Hatha, Raja Yoga and
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These classes include
full or half handstand, shoulder stand and headstand.
As always, I will review basic technique in each
pose to constantly remind you to focus on what is happening
in your body as you come into, hold, and come out of
the yoga postures. As in all yoga classes
at The Yoga College, I will keep reminding you to breathe,
release tension and keep your alignment in each pose.
Intermediate classes, as in all of my classes, are sprinkled with yoga philosophy
and stories so you will gain a well rounded view of what yoga
truly is. Bring your sweat towel in case we turn the air
conditioning off and heat things up a bit.