DESIGNED TO FIT YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR A HAPPIER, MORE WHOLE YOU!
A traditional practice designed by Patabi Jois, featuring Suyra Namaskar A and B and both standing and seated poses, this class is designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance in the body, while cultivating a strong, mindful Ujaii breath to build focus and firmly anchor you in the present moment.
FOLLOW THE YOGI
RETURNING THIS FALL
Follow the Yogi will showcase one of our brilliant instructors teaching their choice of class that particular evening - it could be a power vinyasa, or a wall class, Piloga or a gentle Hatha flow. Whatever style is on offer, this class will provide the perfect tonic to a tough week or a soothing segway into your weekend. So bring both an open mind and an open heart, and Follow the Yogi! Follow the Yogi classes are included in your unlimited package.
Hatha flow is a classic style of yoga which emphasizes meditation and breathwork, encouraging inward focus, and mindfulness through asana (postures). Great for those students fairly new to yoga.
Based on the Chandra Namaskar, or moon salutation, Lunar Vinyasa offers a grounding and deeply peaceful alternative to traditional sun salutations. Classes move at a slower pace and often in circular motions, drawing on the calming energy of the moon. Sequences include opportunities for creative expression of movement and may include a short meditation.
Join us or stay after our Sunday evening Slowflow for a 20 minute shared meditation practice. Meditation (Dhyana) is sometimes more easily attained in a group setting, and is often best done after an asana practice when the body is relaxed and the mind is calm. Free class.
In Mindful Flow, our goal is to create a deep, nourishing practice that has students practice with a greater level of awareness. Moving mindfully between postures in sync with our breath ensures that we stay anchored in the present moment, and are able to truly tune in to what we are experiencing in our mind and body. With emphasis on working within our individual range of movement and on maintaining alignment, this is the perfect class for creating space, both in the body and the mind, and will be a great compliment post run, cycle, or other aerobic activity.
SIT DOWN & BREATHE
Equally suited to those looking for a more gentle practice, those in recovery from surgery or childbirth, or for people with a more limited range of movement, chair yoga offers an accessible yet still challenging way of blending breath with movement. This practice includes breathe work, postures supported with chairs, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps, and relaxation. Come. Sit. Stay. Heal.
This class contains similar elements to a traditional Vinyasa class, but here we slow it right down, focusing more deeply on diaphragmatic breath work, and on longer holds to create a soothing, mindful, meditative practice. Closing sequences include restorative and/or Yin yoga asana (postures). Modifications and intensifications are offered, making this class suitable for all levels.
An ancient healing art, Yoga Nidra is a fully concsious state of profound relaxation that gives total rest to mind and body, and stimulates the body’s own innate ability to heal itself. The perfect antedote to our busy lives, and a powerful support to an optimally functioning immune system, Yoga Nidra provides a beautiful compliment to your regular yoga asana and meditation practice. Bring your favourite pillow.
Founded as an introduction for kids to the many benefits and joys of developing a yoga practice by Niki Le and Sue Whitmarsh through Chelsea Community Education, Young Yogis @ Breathe gives children an opportunity to roll out their mat and move in our swanky studio! Using a mixture of games, partner work, imagination and themes, our Young Yogis find friendship and fun while cultivating a strong, flexible body and a space for relaxation. Co-ed.
During the school year, Young Yogis classes for K-2 and 3-8 grade are held at the schools through Chelsea Community Education. Please follow this link for details of the current session: https://sites.google.com/a/chelsea.k12.mi.us/communityeducation.
In addition, Young Yogis in grades 3-8 can enjoy a second session of yoga each week at the studio on Wednesdays from 4-5PM, or can choose to continue their practice in between Community Education sessions.
An energizing, fluid class which links asana (postures) with a strong, mindful breath, helping you still your mind and release tension in the body. Participants in this class will be guided through our own blend of pranayama, asana and dhyana designed to develop calm and awareness, and build strength, balance, flexibility and posture. Modifications and intensifications are offered, making this class suitable for all levels.
Please note: a + symbol after Breathe Vinyasa denotes that this class may include slightly more intense flows and some more advanced postures. However, modifications will be offered so give it a go!
Coming Fall 2016!
Yoga is a wonderful way to connect with your child, both physically and emotionally, and it can help us, as adults, to rediscover our more playful natures. Using games, songs and stories, we'll explore a variety of yoga postures to build flexibility, balance and strength, and have fun while we do it. Come play the yoga way!
First child free. Additional children $5 each.
REST & RESTORE
Take the element of mindfulness in your practice to the next level and give yourself permission to slow down in this deeply restorative class. With the assistance of various props, we invite you to align mind and body by practising meditation, stillness and gentle movement. The perfect antedote to our overfull lives, and proven to boost both feelings of contentment and your immune system, this class will allow you to create space both physically and mentally, and to encourage your body’s own innate ability to heal. Go ahead and hit your body’s reset button.
SIVANANDA HATHA FLOW
A traditional, slow paced, meditative class that helps encourage proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while simultaneously calming the mind. A typical Sivananda class involves frequent relaxation, pranayama - either Kapalabhati or Anuloma Viloma - several rounds of Surya Namaskar and 12 basic asanas (postures). These asanas follow an order that allows for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way that enhances prana - our life force energy - keeping the mind stilled and quiet.
Yin is a slower paced, more passive style of yoga in which poses are held for at least 3-5 minutes. Its purpose is to work deeper into to the connective tissue - the tendons, fascia and ligaments - with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. To do this, the overlying muscles must be relaxed, which is acheived via a more Yang-style Vinyasa warm up. Using the breath and flow of continuous mindful movement, YINyasa invites us to delve deeper into the body’s pockets of deep-seated tension so that we might reduce stress and anxiety, improve circulation and posture, and promote a deliciously deep sense of lasting inner calm.