Gentle yoga for chronic pain
Designed especially for those who suffer from chronic pain and injury, this class will teach you how to use yoga therapeutically as a healing modality. Learn to release tension and stabilize your core in this gentle, restorative healing practice. Meditative & mindful, these classes will increase your understanding of what your body needs to heal and will equip you with the tools you need for your healing journey.
Prerequisite: Before joining this class a private lesson and intake session with the teacher is required. *Available only with purchase of our Therapeutic Yoga Membership.
Intentional + centering yoga
Enhance your practice through this intentional, centering style of yoga teaching. Hatha yoga will provide you with ample opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension while being coached through yogic breathing techniques. Emphasis is placed on mindfulness and alignment of the body for an intentional, safe experience. Poses are both sustained for brief periods of time and sequenced for a great introductory yoga experience.
Synchronize your breath to movement
Vinyasa synchronizes movement to the breath: the Sanskrit is literally translated as meaning “connection,” channeling the power of breath and flowing movement. Often, this style is referred to as “flow yoga” because of the smooth way that the poses run together. The breath becomes an important component as you move from one pose to the next with an inhale or upon an exhale: rarely is the body still. Vinyasa is both a great place to start for beginners and for those who seek continual challenge. Your synchronized breathing as you flow through the Sun Salutations will relax your mind and release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body.
Breathe through every slow asana
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures held for longer periods of time to achieve a deep stretch and state of relaxation. You will be laying on your mat for most of this class. As you breathe through the asana, you will be invited to move deeply into the pose; finding your body’s “edge.” By creating and then working through this tension in the body, we find release, healing, and mental clarity. Great emphasis is placed on breathing through each asana. Instructors encourage practice and patience as your body releases into each pose with the aid of breath and focused attention.
Strengthen your intuition + deepen your understanding
This beautiful “moving meditation” class provides students time and space to strengthen their intuition and deepen their understanding of what it means to be an embodied human being. Using the principles of viniyoga, sequences are designed to move the spine in all directions. Students are encouraged to adapt the postures to fit the unique needs of their body.
Meditative Yoga will help you learn to move from a strong core, to identify and alleviate unnecessary tension, and to breathe in a way that strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system. Going beyond asana, every class involves mudra, mantra, pranayama, stillness, meditation, and teachings from the wider scriptural world of yoga. You will leave this class feeling deeply nourished in your physical body, energy, mind, and in your spirit.
Be present and rediscover your quiet space
If your body and your mind tell you that burnout is on the horizon, you might give restorative yoga a try. Restorative yoga is intended to take the mindfulness that is found in all disciplines of yoga to the next level. Still and slow, it emphasizes mind as much as body. This gentle centering of breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness for extended periods of time – will allow you to experience peace, serenity and restfulness.
In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses longer, allowing your body to open through passive stretching. Restorative classes are very relaxing complement active practices very well. This relaxing style will leave you feeling open and refreshed. With lights dimmed, the instructor may utilize color therapy, essential oils or sound therapy to enhance your restorative practice, allowing for more productive rest improved sleep quality.
Ease your mind through awareness
Meditation is often used to clear the mind, ease many health concerns, and promote relaxation. Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.”
Forty-five minute Meditation classes at Flow Motion may be done in a chair or seated comfortably on the floor with aids of props: yoga blankets, blocks, etc. You’ll learn how to meditate in guided blocks of time. You’ll learn valuable tips so you can meditate at home or at work!