Hogan Sports Center, New London
Hatha Flow 12:05-1:05 PM
Restorative Yoga 10:30-11:30 AM
Hatha Flow 12:05-1:05 PM
Hatha Flow Yoga
Combining dynamic movement and static holds, this class provides space for students to guide their bodies into alignment that is safe and comfortable for their body.
Students are encouraged to use the poses as a way to enhance the subtle flow of prana (life energy) more so than perfecting the outward appearance of any pose. Classes end with an inspirational thought or reading. You will leave this class feeling strong, balanced, energized and at peace.
The pace of transitions is set to your breath making this class suitable for all levels; however, it may not be the best class for someone trying yoga for the first time.
This class is accompanied by music…an ever changing blend of mantra, instrumental, acoustic and indie music.
Restorative Yoga is the centering of your breath and body. In this class students will practice poses for extended periods of time with the use of props completely supporting the body allowing you to practice active relaxation, completely relaxing the body while continuing to breathe deeply and maintain body awareness. Restorative Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and relaxation response, allowing our bodies to properly digest, reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. Benefits of Restorative Yoga include weight loss by lowering cortisol levels (stress creates levels to increase, cortisol is linked to fatty tissue), increased flexibility by allowing fascia and tendons to release, a recharge and reset of your body and mind, and increased mindfulness. Restorative Yoga is an integral part of every Yoga practice.
This class begins with centering and a gentle warm-up with slow movement. Students will then move into poses for extended periods of time with the use of props when needed. Savasana will include a guided relaxation and hands-on Thai yoga relaxation techniques (for those students who give permission). The class will close with a Pranayama (breath work) technique or short, guided meditation clearing the mind and creating positive energy for you to take beyond your mat and into your life.
This class is accompanied by calm and restful music, a blend of mantra, instrumental and nature sounds.
You will leave this class with a deeper connection to your self, completely relaxed, restored, happy and at peace.
Restorative Yoga is available to all students, even those brand new to Yoga.
Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep, is a guided, resting meditation allowing you the opportunity to connect with yourself, deeply relax, and calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health. Yoga Nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. The entire practice is guided while lying comfortably in Savasana. This meditative practice promotes deep rest and relaxation that is not experienced in other meditation practices.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderful way to practice meditation and is accessible to anyone who can lie down comfortably for an extended amount of time. There is no experience needed and no wrong way to practice. Research has shown that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep.
Some of the health benefits of Yoga Nidra include: Deep relaxation, calming of body and mind, withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara), an opportunity to resolve harmful patterns, promotes innate healing, promotes more restful sleep, an opportunity to deeply connect to one’s self, stimulation of the relaxation response (nervous system), reduces stress and anxiety and aids in proper digestion and elimination.
You will leave this class with clarity, peace and ease.
The following specialty workshops are original creations of Yoga Beyond the Mat or adaptations of teachings that Danielle has been given permission by her teachers to share. The concepts, ideas, content and class descriptions are not to be copied or duplicated without written permission from Yoga Beyond the Mat.
Fine-Tuning Your Practice
In our yoga classes we don’t always have the time to breakdown each pose, ask questions or experiment with variations of poses that we’ve always wanted to try. In this workshop we will explore postures one at a time, offering general alignment as well as cues to fine-tune the posture to your body – finding your unique expression of each pose based on your direct experience. We will also focus on finding presence within the pose rather than attaching to the outward appearance. This is a wonderful opportunity for Svadhyaya (self-study) of your alignment, breath, body awareness, subtle energy body and mindfulness. It is important to remember that in addition to being students, we are all teachers too. This workshop is an open forum, questions, personal insights and posture requests are encouraged and appreciated! This specialty workshop is offered 4 times per year, each class with a different focus.
Flow, Restore & Nidra
This nourishing 2 hour yoga practice will leave you feeling refreshed, restored and reset. Beginning with a gentle, mandala flow (circular practice) to realign your breath, energize your body and increase mental focus. Moving into a restorative practice, allowing your body to actively relax, centering breath and body, calming the mind, aiding proper digestion and reducing stress. Concluding with Yoga Nidra (resting meditation) an opportunity to deeply connect with yourself, explore what you need in the moment and release long-held emotions. This specialty workshop is offered each season.
Chakra Bhedana Meditation Experience
Yoga is a process of self discovery, not only in the physical sense of coming into and feeling our bodies but in the sense of discovering our self. Anahata Chakra, our heart center, is the integrator and energetic center of the Chakra system. Working with Anahata is an invitation to heal and come back to wholeness. Chakra Bhedana is an opportunity to embody the Chakras to ascend from our base to our heart. This class will include Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath work), Chakra Bhedana and Savasana. Students will be introduced to Bija Mantras (chakra seed sounds), Yantra (visualization of archetypal shapes) and Mudras (hand gestures to seal energy).