I'm a beginner, where do I begin?
Sunday evenings 4 pm Gentle Yoga with Carole
Monday mornings 10 am Gentle Basics with Elizabeth
Monday evenings 6:30 pm Yin. Gentle. Restorative Yoga with Elizabeth
Tuesday afternoons 12:30-1:30 pm Beginner Gentle Yoga with Elizabeth
Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm Gentle Yoga with Elizabeth
Thursday mornings 10 am Restorative Yoga with Elizabeth
Thursday afternoons 12:30-1:30 pm Beginner Gentle Yoga with Elizabeth
Friday evenings 6:30 pm Restorative Yoga or Yin
What is yoga?
There is a common misconception that yoga is primarily a form of exercise. Yoga is an ancient discipline that teaches awareness of breath, body, and spirit. Yes, we stretch and strengthen our bodies, but we do so in a meditative manner and this helps to quiet the mind.
What kind of yoga is practiced at Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio?
All Levels Yoga & Hatha Yoga - "Ha" means sun. "Tha" means moon. Together, Hatha represents the balance of flow movements and static poses, the left and right sides of the body, effort and ease, courage and caution, doing and undoing. Hatha Yoga is the practice of balance.
All Levels Flow Yoga - Sun Salutations are a central theme in vinyasa classes. You will get your heart rate up and build some heat.
Warm Power Flow Yoga - Add some heat to a flow class and you've got Warm Power Flow.
Restorative Yoga - Postures are fully supported, gentle, and relaxing.
Yoga Nidra - Guided relaxation.
Yin - Asanas (postures) are held for up to five minutes, which releases the connective tissues for a very deep stretch.
Yin/Yang Yoga - Held poses for myofascial release (see above) paired with a flowing style of yoga. The best of both worlds.
Gentle Back Therapy - Gary is currently leading a 10-session series on Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm; join in at any time! The first four sessions focus on all the basic poses designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles related to overall back heath. The final six sessions zero in on specific muscle groups such as the neck, hips, and gluten. Elizabeth continues to offer Gentle Back Therapy on Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 pm; she will guide through a gentle sequence designed to strengthen, stretch, and increase mobility in the back. Standing poses are done at the wall. Floor poses are supported. Chairs are provided.
How many times a week should I practice yoga?
Yoga is powerful medicine. Three or more times a week would be ideal. Over time, you may begin to notice strength and suppleness in your muscles and joints, and that you are sleeping and looking better. When you feel good, you look good. Studies have shown that Yoga improves blood pressure, relieves pain, enhances sleep, and elevates the mood.
What class is best for me?
1. Start where you are.
2. Be patient. Yoga is a moment by moment practice of awareness.
3. Focus on being steady and comfortable.
Descriptions below for classes offered at Barefoot Lizard Yoga studio.
Why are some classes 75 to 90 minutes in length?
Two of the most beautiful things about your yoga practice will be "Centering" and "Savasana."
We begin each yoga class with five to 10 minutes of "centering," a time devoted to everyone in the room, including the teacher. Taking these moments to find a comfortable position and to quiet the mind, gives each one of us the opportunity to quietly celebrate what we have put forth an effort to do, and that is to simply be there.
One of the primary goals of yoga is to suspend mental chatter, which carries with it memories of the past and thoughts of the future. These thoughts and memories are filled with fears, worries, and anxieties of everyday life, and are the underlying cause of our everyday stress, disorders, and disease.
We end each class with five to 15 minutes of "savasana," which translates literally to "corpse pose." No need to do anything special in this pose except relax, release, quiet the mind, and quiet the body. This gives the breath and heart rate a chance to return to normal, it gives the whole self a chance to reap the benefits of the practice, and it brings you back into your day or evening renewed, relaxed, and refreshed.
The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
Descriptions of our class offerings, below:
45-Minute Express Yoga, yoga & meditation
Sometimes we just don't have time for a full yoga practice. On these days, consider taking a 45-minute class to touch on all the bases. If you wish to include meditation in your practice, attend the 45-minute Yoga & Meditation class in which the first 30 minutes is devoted to the physical practice of yoga and 15 minutes is set aside for sitting together in meditation. One of the first challenges of meditation is to simply sit. Props are available to make this more comfortable.
Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra & YIn
Need to de-stress and really relax? In Restorative Yoga, all poses are fully supported and held for up to five minutes with an emphasis on deep relaxation, deep breathing, and deep healing. A yummy experience. All levels welcome. All levels benefit. No Yoga experience is needed. You will walk away from Restorative Yoga feeling nurtured, renewed, and refreshed. Add the Yoga Nidra, which is a guided relaxation. Yin Yoga is similar, but one can opt out of using props (bolsters, blocks, & blankets) to deepen the myofascial release in the body.
Gentle Yoga & Gentle Basics
Experience the healing energy of Yoga in an atmosphere of safety and comfort. Gently explore yoga postures and the feelings beneath them. A wonderful way to relieve stress. Stretch, strengthen, and release. No yoga experience necessary.
YIN YANG FLOW YOGA
We, our world, our cosmos, are made up of opposites. The Taoist concepts of Yin and Yang describe the qualities of energy present in everything, from our food, to our bodies, the seasons, and even the phases of the moon. Yin qualities are internal, introspective, cool and passive; Yang qualities are external, expressive, warm, and dynamic. Yin Yang Slow Flow Yoga combines the two. We hold Yin postures for deep tissue release, then move through sun salutations to get our inner fires burning, and then finish up with Yin postures again to reground the body and mind, and relax the nervous system. Yin and Yang, moon and sun, night and day, winter and summer; you can't have one without the other.
All-Levels Flow & all Levels Yoga
When we "flow" in yoga, we are typically doing heat-building Sun Salutations to move from posture to posture. A basic Sun Salutations consists of "plank," "chaturanga" (reverse push up), "cobra/upward facing dog," and "downward facing dog. " Flow classes are fast-moving and challenging, appropriate for those with yoga experience and/or some degree of physical fitness. You will get your glow on, guaranteed.
Warm Power Flow
In a room heated to 85+ degrees, this dynamic and creative style of yoga integrates held yoga postures into heat-building flows. The body loves to move and open. Heated Flow and Strong Flow classes honor this, combining centuries-old asanas (postures) with the rhythm of movement, heartbeat, and breath. Add creative sequencing, and the result is an exhilarating yoga experience that honors the whole person. Yoga experience recommended. Bring water.