Drop-in Class Descriptions & Schedule

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I offer several weekly public classes for students of all ages and levels of experience in the NC Triangle area. Here are the descriptions of the adult (ages 13+) classes I teach with the current times, locations, and pricing.

My full, always up-to-date schedule, including when I sub for other teachers and when they sub for me, is always available on my Google Teaching Calendar by clicking here.

You may begin any of the following classes at any time. Just show up 10-15 minutes before class to park, sign a liability waiver, and get settled.

If you’re still unsure about where to begin, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and I’ll be in touch within 48 hours. For more information on my kids’ yoga program, please click on “Lil’ Asana” in the drop-down menu under “About My Yoga”.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Flow Yoga/Vinyasa

The primary focus of this class is vinyasa krama–intentional movement linked with breath. We’ll pay special attention to the transitions between the poses and their interaction with the breath, with alignment instruction incorporated to support your clear understanding and safe practice of asana (yoga postures). Some challenging variations offered, but always with less intense modifications available. You will walk out of class feeling connected, clear, and calm. Some Yoga or Buddhist philosophy may be incorporated. Music and chanting are sometimes incorporated. All levels, including beginners, welcome. Sundays at 11:00 a.m., Triangle Yoga in Chapel Hill and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Bliss Body Yoga in Raleigh.

Yin Yoga

Sometimes called Taoist or Daoist Yoga, this style targets the deep connective tissues of the body–as opposed to the more superficial tissues such as the muscles–and the fascia that covers the body. Yin Yoga also helps regulate the flow of energy (known as qi or chi in Chinese medicine and prana in Yoga and Ayurveda) in the body, and allows the practitioner time to observe sensations, thoughts, and emotions while remaining relatively still and encourages a quiet, meditative atmosphere. Widely-known teachers of this style include Paul Grilley, Paulie Zink, and Sarah Powers. In this class, we purposely make a shift from moving and being in a yang (active, “doing”, making effort) way to coming to stillness in a yin (passive, quiet, receptive, “being”) way by candlelight. The Yin poses are supported by props and held for 3-5 minutes. Readings from Yoga and Buddhism are incorporated. No music. No chanting. Sunday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m., Triangle Yoga in Chapel Hill

Yin-Yang Flow

The intention of this class is to help students feel more embodied, grounded, connected with their

gomukhasana (cow face pose), photo credit: Courtney Long
gomukhasana (cow face pose), photo credit: Courtney Long

breath, and relaxed. It’s appropriate for both newer students and more experienced practitioners. The first third of class is primarily standing vinyasa–movement linked with breath in a thoughtful sequence. There’s purposely nothing fancy in the sequence to distract from one of the main goals of yoga–to bring our minds into a more sattvic, or clear and balanced, state. The emphasis is on slow, mindful transitions into poses followed by holding them for several breaths. Once the alignment of the shapes are set up, we’ll explore the inner feeling of the postures as opposed to how they look on the outside. Although we will be moving slightly more slowly than other Vinyasa or Flow classes might, this does not mean the poses are “easier” (unless you want them to be–it’s your practice!)–we just take several more breaths to explore them. We move to the floor for the second third of class for longer holds (2-5 minutes) of seated, supine, yin, and restorative poses. After a nice long savasana, we’ll practice about 5 minutes of seated meditation, sometimes guided and sometimes self-led. Some chanting may be incorporated. Appropriate for all levels, pregnant students welcome. Friday, Sept. 16, 5:45 p.m., Triangle Yoga in Chapel Hill

Yoga For Athletic Recovery

Endurance and team sports require the athlete to train to perform specialized movements specific to the sport that are often one-sided (e.g., a tennis serve or golf swing) or emphasize the upper or lower body more (e.g., emphasis on lower body in cycling and running). The more serious the athlete, the more specialized and intense the training. This training causes the inadvertent side effect of imbalance. For instance, one arm might be stronger or the lower body may be tighter. High achievers tend to overtrain, so allotted time for recovery in the training cycle is essential to maintain longevity in their sport and prevent burnout. Yoga For Athletic Recovery includes sequences of yoga asana (postures) that help balance the right and left, front and back, and upper and lower body, challenging the weaker muscles and intentionally stretching and relaxing the stronger ones. Breathing techniques and guided relaxation provide tools to improve focus and ability to perform under pressure. This practice is accessible to beginners, but options for more experienced yogis will be offered when needed. We’ll also adapt the level of intensity to where students are in their training cycle. Although designed for endurance and team sports athletes, everyone is welcome and can benefit from the mindful pace and alignment-focused instruction in this class. Not currently offered. 

 

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