Class Descriptions


Gentle to Moderate Yoga

This class is for students both new to yoga and ongoing students who would like to focus on learning and refining, both active and restorative, yogic postures with the use of props. This practice will build strength, increase flexibility, center the mind, and enhance energy flow. Each student will be given personalized instruction and variations for injuries when needed, as we work towards body alignment and awareness in movement.

Intro to Yoga: Mindfulness, Meditation & Movement – Donation Class

Yoga means “union” or “yoke.” It is a practice of yoking breath to body, connecting mind and body and connecting the self to the unified whole of creation. The western practice focus primarily on “asanas” or physical postures. However, these postures are only one aspect of this ancient healing art and science. The philosophy of yoga provides a structural framework for health and harmony. In an Introduction to Yoga we will be exploring the physical and mental practice through mindfulness, meditation and movement. Through a combination of breath work, seated and moving mediation, participants will explore the philosophical teachings of yoga.
The suggested minimum donation is $6.
(100% of proceeds from this donation-based class benefit Cultivating Balance, a local non-profit organization. FMI:

Yoga for All Bodies-Sliding Fee Class

Every body can practice yoga when it is taught in a manner that respects and celebrates differences and encourages building strength, flexibility, and self-acceptance. This safe, fun, and body-positive class is for students of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels. Note: You do not have to be a specific size to attend, but this class will pay special attention to a practice that feels good and is safe for individuals with larger bodies. This is an All Levels Class: No Prior Yoga experience necessary.
Sliding Fee Options: $5/$10/$12/$15 or use of class card.

Yin Yoga-Donation Class

Yin Yoga is a slower paced practice that focuses on the more “yin” parts of the body such as the connective tissues (bones/ligaments/tendons and fascia) and flexibility in the lower body (hips/back/legs). Postures are all practiced on the floor (sitting and lying down) and are held for longer periods of time (typically 1-5 minutes). Yin yoga is a nice compliment to more active (yang) yoga practices that often focus on the muscles. Mindfulness practices are incorporated throughout this class.This class is suitable for all levels including people new to yoga, although some prior yoga experience is helpful. The suggested minimum donation is $6.
(100% of proceeds from this donation-based class benefit Cultivating Balance, a local non-profit organization. FMI:

Yoga Nidra-Donation Class

Experience deeper levels of inner peace and health and give yourself permission to rest, balance, and restore. This inspired meditation practice will awaken your whole being, allowing you to enjoy life fully. Be supported, held, and nourished as you discover profound peace and vibrant health.What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that systematically guides and relaxes you at every level of your being, including the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers (called the five koshas). Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning, music and nature imagery, Yoga Nidra invites you to become aware of each layer of being without needing to change or fix anything. This contemporary practice is based on ancient yogic wisdom and meditation and is a powerful tool for modern-day life. The suggested minimum donation is $6.
(100% of proceeds from this donation-based class benefit Cultivating Balance, a local non-profit organization. FMI:

All Levels Yoga Flow

In this all-level flow class, participants will focus on mindful breath awareness–both in movement and in stillness. Postures are linked together with the breath and sequences include multiple variations of each posture, allowing practitioners to find the challenge level that works best for them (including the option to rest at any point). Classes incorporate strength-building, stretching, balance, and meditation to bring body, mind, and energy into harmony. Prior yoga experience is helpful but not necessary.

Moderate Yoga Flow

This class is for continuing yoga students who wish to challenge their stamina, strength, and flexibility. This practice will generally flow from posture to posture, following various intelligent sequences, and focusing on maintaining breath awareness and using props as needed. Multiple variations of each posture, as well as precise alignment cues, coax the student to mindfully move into more challenging postures–including inversions and back bends, with an emphasis on personal choice and safety.

Yamuna Body Rolling® Workshops

Yamuna Body Rolling® is a unique self-care body work which uses patented balls of various sizes and densities to knead out body tension and tightness. The balls provide direct bone density stimulation, elongation and alignment of muscles, immediate feedback of where we are stuck, and a feeling of spaciousness in our joints. Yamuna Body Rolling® routines are helpful to release tension, break up fascial adhesions, lengthen and tone muscles and energize the whole body. No prior experience needed. *Please Note: The specialty pay-per-session rate of $20/90 minute workshop or $25/2-hour workshop applies, and advanced sign up is encouraged. Minimum sign up is required for this workshop to run and space is limited.
2018 Winter Dates & Themes:
Jan 2: Low and Mid Back Relief
Jan 16: Leg and Hip Muscles Lengthened
Feb 6: Release the Psoas
Feb 20: Upper Back and Neck Freedom
Mar 6: Deep Hip Release
Mar 20: Hips and Spine Re-Balanced

Let Your Yoga Dance (LYYD)-Sliding Fee Class

Let Your Yoga Dance is all about expanding JOY! The practice is a form of conscious movement, where participants enter the session with a sense of intention, and move authentically and creatively. Let Your Yoga Dance is for EVERY body, and requires no previous experience or skill set whatsoever. It is open to all genders, ages, body sizes, shapes and abilities. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to do Let Your Yoga Dance wrong! In this practice, participants move through their chakras (or energy centers) to music, which engages heart, mind, body and soul. This practice is gently facilitated, and truly is an opportunity to move in whatever way your body calls. “BE YOU” is always Pam’s theme. Participants are often asked to partner or move together in small or large groups, and Let Your Yoga Dance is interactional. The degree to which you engage with others, however, is always your choice. Please note that advanced sign up is required for this class as space is limited and class will run with minimum sign ups only.
Sliding Fee Options: $5/$10/$12/$15 or use of class card.

Qigong and Foundational Strengthening

This all-levels class will emphasize strengthening the foundational muscles necessary for more easeful and pain-free sitting, standing, and walking. When we have a strong, stable base from which to move, our bodies naturally become more efficient and balanced. We will be using gentle strengthening exercises and stretches that can be modified to build more balanced muscle tone and to improve  overall posture.
With mindfulness, we will then take this stability into more functional, movement patterns by learning the Qigong series, “The 8 Pieces of Brocade.” These popular Qigong exercises with origins of over 800 years were created for increased health and vitality. Each one works on a particular part of the body and meridian system. Their longevity can be attributed to their simplicity and effectiveness. Qigong exercise is also a beneficial addition to western forms of fitness, because of its emphasis on balancing the energies of body, mind, and spirit. Other non-moving Qigong and agility practices will also be introduced to support our goal of combining strengthening and Qigong for enhanced performance of daily activities.

Qigong/Tai Chi for Improved Functioning

This class is designed to increase your ability to perform activities of daily living through improved Range Of Motion(ROM), strength, coordination, agility, and overall balance. It will draw on the ancient practices of the healing art of Qigong and the martial art of Tai Chi. Through an exploration of mechanics and energy, we will work towards more efficient and effortless movement. This can sometimes involve resistive and two-person work. In addition to functional gains, the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi can profoundly impact one’s feelings of wellbeing and can improve sleep quality. We will be using Dr. Yang’s Evidence-Based curriculum of meditation, Qigong and agility exercises, as well as his 7-step form and related Qigong series. No Prior Experience Necessary.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

The class will focus on noticing present moment experiences and choice making. No Hands on assists are offered.  Note: Participants are required to complete a brief phone screening and sign a practice agreement waiver prior to attending their first class. Advanced sign up is required.  Registration for the full series is encouraged, but not required. Participants may sign up for one class at a time or the for the full series after completing the phone screening and waiver.  Limited partial scholarships/sliding scale options are available upon request. Contact Mindy Miller Muse at 207-805-0182 with questions or to complete/schedule your phone screening.