YOGA helps to create balance between the body and mind through the practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. We offer modifications in all of our classes, making the practice suitable for students of al levels. While not necessary, we do recommend that students have some knowledge of the yoga postures before attending vigorous yoga.
Our ongoing yoga classes include...Gentle Yoga, Moderate Yoga, Power Yoga, Therapeutic Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga/Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Private yoga classes are also available.
Please visit our “upcoming events” page for workshops, specialized classes and other programs offered at The Natural Path.
YOGA CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
YOGA TO DE-STRESS AND UNWIND Sometimes life gets stressful...even overwhelming. Whether due to daily stress, or a life-changing event, this all levels yoga class will help to strengthen and balance body and mind; and will help to relieve the symptoms of stress/anxiety, including muscle tension, sleep problems, digestive issues, lack of motivation and more, by calming the nervous system and quieting the mind. The practice will consist of yoga postures and breathing techniques (pranayama), and will end with Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). You will leave this class feeling grounded, centered and balanced, providing a great start to your weekend.
YOGA FOR BACK HEALTH AND SCIATICA This is an all levels yoga class designed to support spinal health, relieve back/neck pain and sciatica, calm the nervous system and relax the mind. This class will improve flexibility of the hips and shoulders, which will decrease demands on the back and allow the spine to rotate properly, as well as strengthen the muscle groups that support the spine. The stretching postures will help to increase blood flow to the tissues that support the spine, improving the health of the intervertebral discs and muscles along the spine. This class will also help to improve posture and proper alignment of the vertebrae, reducing undue stress on the back. Modifications will be provided throughout the practice, making this class suitable for students of all levels.
YOGA TO STRENGTHEN AND ENERGIZE Are you tired of being "tired;" do you lack energy by the end of day?This class is designed to improve circulation, strengthen the body, and improve muscular endure nce. The yoga postures and breathing exercises will also reduce stress, build focus, and calm the mind. This eight week series will leave you feeling energized, rejuvenated and relaxed. Modifications will be provided throughout the practice making this class suitable for students of all levels.
YOGA FOR A HEALTHY WEIGHT This all levels yoga class is designed to build internal heat, boosting the metabolism and helping to shed unwanted pounds. It will also promote cleansing by stimulating the body's natural detoxification processes. Through a series of yoga postures, we will massage the internal organs, which will stimulate digestion and the thyroid gland, cleanse the liver, tone the body and improve overall functioning of the digestive tract. The postures will also help to improve metabolism and address the vagus nerve - the neurological connection between the mind and the digestive system - which will help to relieve stress, often associated with weight gain and digestive issues.
YOGA FOR A HEALTHIER YOU This is an all levels vinyasa flow yoga class, consisting of traditional yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques. This class is designed to increase strength, muscle tone and flexibility; build internal heat, boosting the metabolism; and revitalize the body. It will also promote cleansing by stimulating the body's natural detoxification processes. Spark up your energy level, rekindle your motivation, and begin to see and feel a healthier you!
GENTLE YOGA TO RESTORE AND RELAX This class consists of both restorative and gentle yoga postures, which will provide healing for both body and mind, soothe the nervous system, eliminate fatigue and stress, and increase flexibility. Restorative postures will be achieved and supported through the use of blankets/props, and are held for a short time, allowing the body and mind to relax. This class is suitable for students of every age and body type.
YOGA FOR MIGRAINE/HEADACHEA nurturing practice designed to alleviate, and with regular practice, even prevent, migraines and tension headaches, as well as to reduce the severity of headaches and your need for medication. Through breath and postures, this class will help to relax the muscles in the head, neck and back, boost circulation to the brain and upper body, improve posture, calm the nervous system, and relieve stress, thereby reducing inflammation in the body. Learn poses that will help you to ward off those painful throbbing headaches when they first appear.Yoga’s relaxation techniques are thought to calm the body’s nervous system. This action on the nervous system is believed to reduce the activities in the brain that lead to migraines. Researchers believe that yoga increases the chemical, serotonin, which relays signals from one area of the brain to another. Serotonin also eases the tightening of the brain’s blood vessels--so migraines and serotonin levels are believed to be closely related.
YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS/JOINT HEALTHThis all levels yoga class is designed to maintain the health of the joints, improving range of motion and joint mobility, relieving pain and stiffness, strengthening the supporting musculature and improving overall flexibility. The various movements/postures will help to improve circulation and the flow of synovial fluid to the joints and have been shown to alleviate and/or prevent the symptoms of arthritis. This class will also help to reduce stress, quiet the mind and balance the flow of energy within the body. Modifications will be provided as needed.Results of a clinical trial of yoga conducted in the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. This is the largest, most rigorously conducted, randomized, controlled trial of yoga to date. In our study we provide critical new evidence showing that in people with arthritis who are sedentary, yoga appears to be safe, feasible, and enjoyable for people with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and that it results in important physical and mental health benefits for people who practice it regularly. Importantly, almost all benefits that we saw in patients after they completed an 8 week program were still evident 9 months later. (hopkinsarthritis.org)
YOGA FOR JOINT HEALTH AND FLEXIBILITYThis all levels yoga class is designed to maintain the health of the joints, strengthen the supporting musculature, and improve overall flexibility. The various movements/postures will help to improve circulation and the flow of synovial fluid to the various joints within the body, and have been shown to alleviate and/or even prevent the symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. This class will also help to relax the body and quiet the mind.
YOGA FOR DIABETES This all levels class will consist of yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation designed to increase strength, balance and flexibility, promote a feeling of relaxation and wellness, and help with the management of diabetes. This class will calm the mind and decrease stress, which may also help to manage blood glucose levels.Yoga is an excellent addition to any diabetes management program, whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Not only are yoga poses a generally safe way to stretch, but yoga can help connect your body and mind and promote overall health.Unlike any other exercise, yoga involves a unique set of poses (called asanas), breathing exercises (called pranayama), and meditation techniques that can help you deal with diabetes.Below are some of yoga's many benefits: Decreases stress, which may help make blood glucose levels more manageable in people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes; Decreases your risk of injury from daily activities; helps promote relaxation and a feeling of wellness; Improves balance, strength, and coordination; Increases range of motion; Keeps your joints flexible and healthy. Yoga also teaches you how to cope with your condition because it gives you the tools to put you in greater control of your diabetes. Breathing and meditation techniques can be especially powerful in helping you maintain a positive attitude. by Julie M. Gentile www.diabeticlifestyle.com
THERAPEUTIC CHAIR YOGA - This practice will consist of a series of gentle movements done in a chair, designed to improve flexibility, strength and range of motion, maintain or regain joint mobility, relieve joint pain and stiffness, improve circulation, and balance the flow of energy within the body. This class will help to ease the pain associated with fibromyalgia and arthritis, aid in the healing of injuries, accomodate physical limitations and quiet the mind.
GENTLE YOGA (CHAIR/STANDING ONLY) FOR BETTER BALANCE This is a gentle class consisting of chair yoga and standing postures, designed to improve strength, flexibility and balance. This class will help to improve energy, reduce stress and muscular tension, revitalize the body and quiet the mind. This class is suitable for individuals with limited flexibility or minor limitations, and those unable to be on their knees. The entire practice will be done from a chair and standing position - we will not be on the floor.
PRENATAL YOGA -Prenatal yoga provides a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere where you can connect and bond with your baby while supporting the development and strengthening of your body and mind. This class will help to alleviate the physical discomforts of pregnancy, as well as to prepare you mentally and physically for labor and motherhood. Some common conditions that may be relieved are morning sickness, edema, sciatica, low back pain, and varicose veins. The various yoga postures are designed to help strengthen the pelvic muscles - instrumental in the birthing process, and post-birth to bring your body back to a pre-pregnancy state; exercise the spine and help reduce back pain; aid in proper digestion and circulation; regulate breathing; and relax the mind. This class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy.
YIN YOGA AND MEDITATION (all levels) - Yin Yoga is a style of yoga which focuses on the passive holding of postures for longer periods (approximately 3 to 5 minutes) for the benefit of releasing the connective tissues (ligaments, bones, and even joints) of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. No experience is necessary.
YOGA NIDRA - Yoga Nidra translates to yogic sleep. Guided by a teacher's voice, you will identify sensations in your body and focus on your breath, while remaining in a state of relaxed awareness. This will allow you to release deeply held muscular, emotional and mental tensions, some of which you may not even be aware. Yoga Nidra has been shown to strengthen the immune system; lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; increase helper cells that defend against infectious disease; balance the autonomic nervous system; relieve pain; balance the mind and emotions; and improve overall health and well-being.Some conditions addressed by Yoga Nidra include...stress (the cause of most illness today), anxiety and depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, addiction, aggression, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, digestive conditions, ulcers, heart disease, asthma, eczema, diabetes, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
BEGINNER’S YOGA - This gentle class will introduce the beginner student to the various yoga postures (asanas), proper modifications and alignment, and will prepare the student to enter our classes with comfort and confidence.
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TOP 10 REASONS TO TRY YOGA
1. STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system, as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
2. PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension, as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.
3. BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
4. FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.
5. INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.
6. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing cortisol levels, as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem.
7. IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
8. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
9. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware, and to help create mind-body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
10. INNER PEACE: The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.
What to expect when taking Yoga at The Natural Path...Small, well supervised classes, instructed by professionally qualified yoga teachers, ensuring that you learn safely and effectively; Instructors with the experience and knowledge needed to adapt classes to suit your individual needs. The small yoga classes we offer enable a personal interest in your progress; Instructors who are willing to answer your questions and share your growth in yoga.