This class is a balance of effort and ease. Students will work to strengthen and lengthen muscles during an alignment oriented asana practice and then unwind with a 20 minute guided relaxation. During the class, students will breathe into tight areas encouraging relaxations while also holding poses to build strength.
A time of guided meditation led by various members of the Richmond community. Wonderful for helping you refocus and enter your weekend more grounded, resilient and better able to connect with the people and activities you love. Perfect for beginners or those who have practiced for years.
This class blends mindful breathing techniques with alignment and body-awareness. Props are encouraged to support the asana practice so that all levels may attend. Students will strengthen and gain flexibility while releasing tension. De-Stress Yoga gives you time to unwind and return to your center of balance. It is a slow, deep practice where particular attention is paid to areas that we typically hold tension, including the neck, shoulders, and hips. Postures are suitable and adaptable for all levels.
Chair Yoga – Great in these times if you don’t have a mat and larger practice area.
Many people can benefit from a practice based on supported standing and seated postures. This allows focused movement without the need to move between the floor and standing while offering the many benefits of yoga. Come enjoy an unintimidating practice in a supportive community where you will be guided through options focused on the unique needs within the group and in the process strengthen your body, mind and spirit.
People who work in offices / chairs can benefit from cultivating a chair practice – with a stable chair, taking breaks to do chair poses can be a great way to renew and feel more productive.
Many health practitioners are recommending yoga to lower stress and reduce the use of pain medication.
Others are encouraging it for those who have compromised mobility, are recovering from injury, or are apprehensive about starting a program. Regardless of your motivation, chair yoga is a great practice that can challenge you; enhance movement and balance; and enable you to move toward your health goals.
The class ends with a relaxation and sound immersion using crystal bowls, koshi chimes, singing bowls, gongs and more.
This class is geared towards moving the body through ever expanding sun salutations and seated flows. Poses flow with the breath and variations are offered to work with wherever you feel like being. Nicole flows with you throughout while being encouraging and also completely supportive of YOUR yoga flow. You might sweat, you might smile and you might even laugh a little. Release stress, fear and tension with the 50 minute flow and then rest for a 10 minute shavasana/ meditation/ breathwork combo.
In this morning flow class, we will awaken our breath and our body through asana and pranayama. As we flow from one pose to the next, often holding each to build strength and stability, we will build heat and positive energy. This class is open to all students but will incorporate some challenging poses.
In this practice, we will begin with a Sankalpa, or personal setting of a heartfelt intention, and encourage these unspoken intentions to be held throughout the practice and given wings as we gather in closing, having faith that your Sankalpa is being manifested.
We will begin with breathwork and gentle stretching as we come to recline on a mat, a firm surface or even a zero gravity recliner. Participants will be guided through a relaxation and then immersed in sound (singing bowls, gongs, koshi chimes and more), to soothe the mind, body, and spirit – with the intention of promoting relaxing, releasing of any tension or stress, and working to restore and renew oneself.
Practicing from home means you can set up your space to make it personal. Consider setting up a diffuser with your favorite essential oils, lighting candles or incense. Headphones can enhance the experience and you will not need to after we begin, you will only need your sound.
Special InstructionsThis class will be run through Zoom. An email with log in information will be sent out to your registered email about a half hour in advance of class, so please be registered before that time. The email will include ideas for minimal props and alternatives (typically found at home) to consider having on hand. Log in at least 5-10 minutes ahead so we can set up our space to begin. If you need more detailed instructions on using Zoom, see our online yoga page at balanceyogavt.com. If you are new to the online world and need help contact Lynn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This class focuses on finding a balance in your body, breathe and mind. We begin with a period of silence and centering and then slowly warm up with poses and movements that take place lying down or seated on the mat. Eventually we make our way up to standing poses and balance positions. Kerry is a Yoga Movement Therapist and is skilled in offering modifications as needed for those with physical limitations or for those who are looking for a deeper practice. All bodies and levels are welcome.
Yin Yoga uses gentle, long held postures practiced with an attitude of compassionate acceptance to awaken the more Yin parts of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. Yin postures have long, deep holds that are aimed at consciously lengthening the body’s connective tissue (focusing on the fascia, tendons and ligaments). Yin Yoga strives to increase circulation and motion in the joints and enhance flexibility. Each posture is held for 3-5 minutes and props are used as students are encouraged to find their edge and mindfully sit with discomfort. By promoting the flow of energy (Qi) through the energy channels (meridians) of our deep Yin core we can help bring health to our bodies and balance to our busy Yang style lives.