Static Qi Gong
SAT 8:30-9:45 / TUE 19:30-20:45
We open each class with simple breathing and awareness techniques to invite a more settled and spacious state into the body, mind and emotions. This opening is followed by a sequence of movements that will “wake up” the vital life energy, or Qi (chi), in your body by stimulating the 12 Principal Meridians. The Meridians are pathways thru which your life energy flows. By waking this energy up, we invigorate the entire physiology of the body.
We will then do a standing meditation practice called Zhan Zhuang, “standing on a post.” This is a practice either done with movement of the upper body only or in a completely static posture. As we hold a posture, we use breath and awareness to encourage the muscles and surrounding connective tissue to let go of habitual tension. By doing this, bit by bit we can create a state of relaxation throughout the entire body. In addition, at times we circulate the Qi that has been stimulated thru the deep core of the body`s energetic center, called the Dan Tian, the “Sea of Qi.”
This practice will affect the entire physiology of the body in a gentle way that activates and refreshes the organs and the lines of connective tissue – the fascia – that flow between them. As well, it will enhance and support a freer energetic movement of Qi through the Meridians, which correlate with these same fascial lines of connectivity.
Even if you have never experienced the practice of Qi Gong before, you are welcome to attend.
Qi Flow Yoga
This class is Mark’s practical integration of Hatha Yoga and Qi Gong into fluid sequences that will nourish and enhance the vital life force of the breath and the physiology of the body. Thru dynamic and static stretching of the muscles and fascia, the health of the Organs of the body will be supported and the parasympathetic nervous system will be activated to encourage a more centered and rested state. In that state of relaxed focus, we will then practice a method of meditation from the Shaiva Tantra tradition. Class ends with shavasana, in which your body-mind consciousness will fully assimilate and imprint your practice experience.
Hatha Yoga Basics
SUN 9:00-10:10 | MON 19:30-20:40
In this class learn the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga. This is a great class for both the beginner student and practitioners looking to refresh their understanding of Hatha Yoga. Class begins with a short centering to settle and calm the nervous system, and includes easy to learn and do foundational breath techniques. In this 70 minute class you will do a variety of poses focused on building overall wellness in your physiology. The poses used and pacing of this class makes it very accessible to all body types, all ages and all levels of strength and flexibility.
Restorative Vinyasa Yoga
MON 11:00-12:15 | THR 19:30-21:00
This class is to release physical, mental, and emotional tension to create a more calm and quiet state throughout your day (MON) or prepare for deep and healing sleep (THR). We begin with simple breath and awareness practice to refresh and bring an ease of focus to the mind. Mid-tempo yoga postural practice centers on linking breath and movement in simple combinations of stretching and strengthening. This will help bring residual tension in the entire body-mind to the surface. We end with a restorative pose and pranayama [breath expansion] to allow that tension to disperse and prepare the body and mind for deep and restful sleep.
Static Qi Gong
TUE 19:30-20:45 | SAT 11:00-12:15
See featured class above.
Morning Movement + Meditation
WED & FRI 9:15-10:15
“Good Morning!” is how you will begin your day with by coming to this class. Through conscious breathing and simple, uptempo movement you will find ease in your body. From that ease you will be able to comfortably engage with a meditation practice that will allow your mind to sharpen and your emotional body to settle and expand. A post-class cup of tea from our samovar is the perfect send off for whatever you have planned for your day. Begin your day with physical ease, clear focus, and enthusiasm for the things you will do.
5 Element Qi Gong
In Chinese Medicine theory, the seasons are related to the 5 elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. And these 5 elements are related to your physiology, and mental and emotional state. In this class we will address the health of the body, mind and emotions in accordance with the season. We will do this via Qi Gong movements that will help maintain physiological homeostasis. In plain speak, the practice will support a healthy flow of your “vital life energy”, or Qi. We will do this by “cultivating” – Gong – that energy. Come to enjoy ease in your body, clarity in your mind and spacious stillness in your emotions.
Learn proper placement of your body to create a more healthy posture and ease discomfort. Focus will be on understanding your postural habits that keep causing discomfort and changing them. Students with injuries are also welcome to attend.