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.
Ashaya Yoga blends precise therapeutic alignment with a spiritually uplifting philosophy drawn from Kashmir Shaiva Tantra. This method leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life wholeheartedly. It is appropriate for students of all levels.
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.
In an effort to make yoga accessible and enjoyed by everyone, we are offering free monthly classes. The instructors at the studio take turns teaching this class and thus the style will vary. All classes however, will be appropriate for students of all abilities. Preregistration is recommended, as space is limited. First Friday of the Month. Come practice with us!
This class occurs on the first Friday of the month.
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.
Ease into your day with this class, beginning slowly and mindfully as we awaken into our bodies. We will then move into grounding postures and flow with our breath, transitioning into the day ahead energized and at peace. All levels welcome!
Open your heart space and connect with your personal essence and faith while cultivating a sense of hope, and healing intent, for yourself and others. 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.
This practice will use minimal props (since we are at home) and draw from restorative and grounding practices. We will be low and slow, connecting with the power of our breath and yielding to the pull of gravity from our beautiful mother, earth. Participants will move through longer held poses to experience softening and deepening and there will be alternatives offered allowing greater accessibility and honoring and meeting your body where it is.
As poses are held, participants will be immersed in sound (singing bowls, gongs, koshi chimes and more), to sooth the mind, body, and spirit – 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. Make a sacred space with photos or memories of a loved one, symbols of your faith, crystals or possibly special objects that you connect with to let this space represent what you would wish to cultivate.
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.
This class explores strength and flexibility of both, the mind and body. Postures are held for an extended breath count building strength, while fluid movements in the rhythm of our breath challenge flexibility. The focus lies on building a relationship between the body and the mind through our breath. We will settle into our practice with a short meditation or pranayama and fully relax with an extended savasana.
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.
Practice pranayama (breathing techniques) and asana (yoga postures) to help you gain flexibility and strength, improve your posture and help prevent injuries. Release tension and stress. Learn to more efficiently use and accept your body’s energy on any given day, leaving class with an open, receptive and relaxed state of mind. This class will be taught like a workshop where questions and dialogue about yoga are encouraged.