Deep breathing is the truly essential exercise. This class looks at the connection to breath as a tool to affect all aspects of your focus and physiology. We will learn about the Relaxation Response, how cleansing happens with breath itself and through moving lymph fluid, the powerful improvement breath-work can have on focus, and much more. We will practice what we talk about as well.
We will use the book by this name as the foundation of this class. So much is happening while we sleep; we will get a foundation of understanding of this and why power-napping (not just a good nights sleep!) could be the thing that brings you a greater sense of wellness.
The vagus nerve, the primary cranial nerve involved in inducing the "rest and digest" state of the body will "wow" you! There is so much wonderment in it's effect on our body, mental state and even social connection. We will look at this and talk about many ways you can increase your "vagal tone"- a very good thing!
It is now commonly known that the brain continues to develop and grow over our lifespan. This class will look at this concept of Plasticity in relation to behavior, breaking bad habits, creating good habits, recovering from injury and more.
There is so much in this topic it could be a series... We will look at research about the effect our thoughts have on our abilities, health, goals, achievement, relationships, etc. We will look at what a thought is, and tools to steer the direction our thoughts will take us.
Educational Kinesiology® is a movement-based program* providing sets of tools to support our bodies/brains living and working, learning and performing, directing and managing ourselves more easily in three-dimensional space.
These tools support the physical skills of learning for visual acuity, increased core awareness, and eye-hand coordination while creating a safe and calm space within to think and function optimally.
The program offers a process to work on attitudes, behaviors, and particular skills each person wants to improve or change, recognizing the uniqueness of each person’s natural pace of learning.
*Movements are slow and easy, for all ages any time, anywhere.
A pair of alternating “form and function" work-outs to build your essential core. Core at rest incorporates static, dynamic and resistance stretching to promote balance and alignment. Core with zest offers an energized repertoire of aerobic moves to bolster coordination, weight-bearing and reaction-time. Feel fantastic!
A class designed to enhance the stability, mobility, agility and fluidity of your hard-working back. Improved posture, breathing and range-of-motion are your reward!
A 45 minute Nia class designed to be therapeutic, focusing on the Nia definition of "healing" to simply mean "feeling better"
Nia is an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice that tones the body and engages the mind through movements that are adapted from dance, martial arts and healing arts. Nia consists of non-impact, holistic movements, practiced barefoot to the rhythms of diverse, soul-stirring music. Nia is adaptable to your individual needs and abilities - Every Body is welcome. Classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers who are excited to share the Joy of Movement with you.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese gentle practice of movement. It helps your body, mind and spirit to connect with each other and function in harmony. Qigong has the power to reawaken and strengthen your body’s innate healing ability, and lets you connect with the healing Qi, or life force, of the universe. Fundamental to this approach is the understanding that before any symptom appears in the body, there is an energy blockage. When the qi is flowing, there is health and also a sense of joy!
Or...finding your inner ahhh....Even if you never do ANY activity, the supported poses we create in this class will improve how you feel. It can be a great way to start getting comfortable in the group class environment. The stretches and relaxation of the poses improve all systems of the body (just by lying there!) by quieting the mind and creating healing opportunities for the body. We teach a series of supported bends, folds, and resting positions each held for 3-12 minutes. Also a great complement for the very active person!
A total body wake-up from soft yoga/pilates stretches to dynamic play inspired by dance. Joyously prepare mind, body and spirit to carry you through the day.
No need to get sweaty to stay healthy...at least not all the time.... Refresh in the middle of your work-day with this short full-body routine that revitalizes and releases tension. We use movements to stimulate the energy body refined from concepts of eastern health practices like acupuncture and yoga. Perfect for those who are new to movement, or the very athletic, and everyone in between.
A body scan is a popular guided meditation that brings gentle focus to the body in a way that results in the release of tension. This process leaves you with a sense of being more present, calm and balanced, and it strengthens mental focus. It can be done while seated or laying down. Over time this practice helps us live more comfortabley in our body, and not just "in our head".
Let's train that wild beast! Ok, maybe yours is not so wild... but still, you wish to improve you brain health. Many meditation practices will be combined here to maximize the use and care of your precious central nervous system.
This will be an opportunity to experience and explore your subtle body or energy field. Even if you have no idea what that is, the grounding and balancing of these guided meditations is beneficial. With practice, perception increases, and we become efficient in using these techniques to maintain focus and remain in our own frequency rather than being disrupted by surrounding people and events.
Various meditative practices focus on the heart-space. It can be a very effective way to move past busy thoughts or uncomfortable feelings. Attention on this part of ourselves clears emotional energy and can bring steadiness to our focus and choices, enabling more access to information perceived in non-verbal ways.
This class will explore various meditation practices, as inspiration strikes.
This is available at any time the meditation room is not scheduled. Please feel free to enter the mediation room for your silent meditation anytime.