yoga

Yoga

Our yoga classes, while building physical strength, endurance, and flexibility, are focused on developing in the practitioner a deep sense of meditation at all levels of practice.

Please check our online schedule for actual times and dates as classes change throughout the year.

*Yoga mats are required for all Yoga Classes and are available for rental at Genesis Tree of Life for $2.00*

BEGINNERS CLASSES

BEGINNERS I YOGA

In this 8-week series of gentle yoga, you will be introduced progressively to some of the basic asanas (postures), principles and healing aspects of this ancient practice. You will learn a set of movements for the health of the joints and the stimulation and balancing of the hormonal system. Pranayama (the science of breath), and the introduction of a relaxation practice are designed to provide you with tools for stress reduction. Each class also provides a brief theme of philosophy that introduces you to the deeper underlying principles of yoga. This beginner’s class is good for anyone who has never done yoga, who has not practiced yoga for a long time, older adults or who wants to improve their flexibility and strength. This class also helps activate the synovial fluids around the joints and helps balance the glandular system for a better sense of well-being. Experience immediate benefits as you learn about this ancient, Eastern practice that combines the power of mind, body and spirit.

BEGINNERS II YOGA

In this 8 -week series, you will continue to explore meditation as a path to liberation, and expand your knowledge of yoga asanas (postures) progressively. Continuing with an understanding of basic movements for the health of the joints and the stimulation and balancing of the hormonal system, you will deepen your awareness of the mind-body connections for integrative healing. Each class provides on-going themes of philosophy to deepen your understanding of the underlying principles of yoga. You will learn “Pranayama” (the science of breath) and be introduced to sitting meditation through the practice of Dhahran (concentration of the mind). The goals of Yoga Level II are to establish a natural harmony of body and mind. This class is good for individuals having some preliminary knowledge of yoga, who have a personal practice or who want to grow into a personal practice. Ideally, you will have completed our Level I Progressive Yoga class or have similar yoga experience. Students wishing the maximum benefits should register for the entire series.

BEGINNERS OPEN YOGA

This gentle yoga class has an emphasis on form refinement, increased awareness of the mind-body interface, deepening your practice at that level. This class incorporates aspects from both Beginners I and Beginners II or anyone who has equivalent yogic training and/or some established personal practice. It is however, good for all beginners, those who have not practiced for a while, or those who want to improve their flexibility.

INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

INTERMEDIATE I YOGA

In this 8-week series, continuing students will build on the foundation established in Levels I and II Beginners Yoga. We will increase our sitting meditation practice. More challenging asanas are introduced in a progressive manner as you continue your journey towards developing yoga as a sadhana, (lifestyle) and deepening your awareness of the mind-body interface. As with all our yoga classes, each class provides on-going themes of philosophy to deepen your understanding of the underlying principles of yoga. You will learn more advanced practices of “Pranayama” (the science of breath). The goals of Yoga Level III are to deepen a natural harmony of body and mind, to increase physical strength and endurance, and to improve cardio-vascular health. It is recommended that you have completed our level II yoga series or that you have an equivalent level of yoga experience before taking our Level lll class. Students wishing the maximum benefits should register for the entire series.

INTERMEDIATE II YOGA

In this 8-week series continuing intermediate level students of Hatha Yoga will be extending meditation practice, improving flexibility and developing upper body strength, to develop mental and physical poise and to support you in maintaining a regular practice. In this course, you will practice basic and advanced postures, deepen your relaxation skills and increase internal awareness of body, breath and mind. At this level of our practice, we will be sitting for a more extended time with the practice of Pranayama and Dhahran. Discussion material will introduce additional themes from the classical yogic literature

 

PREREQUISITE: This is geared toward advanced students and yoga instructors. In order to participate fully you should have completed our Level III yoga series (or have the equivalent level of yoga experience) and are committed to your sadhana and meditation practice. Students wishing the maximum benefits should register for the entire series. To ensure maximum benefits, students must register for the entire series.

INTERMEDIATE OPEN YOGA

A mixed-level class, perfect for more experienced beginners looking for a drop-in class. In this class you will have the opportunity to practice at an intermediate level in an ongoing, open class format.Students should have basic understanding of yogic principles and asanas. Attention will be given to individuals according to their experience and abilities. It is highly advisable that you have completed beginner levels of practice before joining this class. Perfect for experienced yoga students or yoga teachers who seek to benefit from a structured setting as a way to refine their personal practice. This is geared toward advanced students and yoga instructors. This Hatha Yoga class is also suitable for level III students with gentle warm-up postures, breath work, sitting and standing, and inverted postures that are adaptable to the abilities of most students.

INTERMEDIATE OPEN YOGA

A mixed-level class, perfect for more experienced beginners looking for a drop-in class. In this class you will have the opportunity to practice at an intermediate level in an ongoing, open class format.Students should have basic understanding of yogic principles and asanas. Attention will be given to individuals according to their experience and abilities. It is highly advisable that you have completed beginner levels of practice before joining this class. Perfect for experienced yoga students or yoga teachers who seek to benefit from a structured setting as a way to refine their personal practice. This is geared toward advanced students and yoga instructors. This Hatha Yoga class is also suitable for level III students with gentle warm-up postures, breath work, sitting and standing, and inverted postures that are adaptable to the abilities of most students.

SPECIALIZED CLASSES

MOM AND BABY YOGA FOR NEWBORNS TO CRAWLING with Kristin Rodgers *NEW*

Get in touch with your baby and feel good moving and stretching with baby. Good for baby; good for Mom.
Offered on Wednesdays from 11am to 11:45 am starting February 6, 2019 with Kristin Rodgers.
Pre-registration required. Find on class schedule

PRE-NATAL YOGA

Meditation is our core practice while these gentle yoga poses and movements see you through all the trimesters of your pregnancy. When paired with a cardiovascular exercise such as walking, yoga can be an ideal way to stay in shape during your pregnancy. It keeps you limber, tones your muscles, and improves your balance and circulation, with little, if any, impact on your joints. Yoga is also beneficial because it helps you learn to breathe deeply and relax, which will come in handy as you face the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Learning mindful breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most. When you’re in pain or afraid, your body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. A regular yoga practice will help you fight the urge to tighten up when you feel pain, and show you how to relax instead.

 

PREREQUISITE: A note from your OBGYN is required in order to participate in this program. Please call if you require further information.

KUNDALINI YOGA

Kundalini is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. It goes beyond the physical performance of poses with its emphasis on breathing, meditation, mudras and chanting. Kundalini sequences can also be very physically intense, providing both mental and physical challenges. The “Kundalini” is untapped energy (prana), often represented as a snake coiled at the base of the spine, that can be drawn up through the body awakening each of the seven chakras. Full enlightenment occurs when this energy reaches the Crown Chakra. Each Kundalini Yoga asana series is done in conjunction with a specific breath that intensifies the effects of the poses with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. In this progressive series (each class building on the one before), you will learn yoga as a “kriya” form, a complete action. You will learn physical postures, breathing techniques, stress release and relaxation techniques, guided imagery and affirmations, mantras, kriyas, and meditations. Kundalini yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini the yoga of awareness because it focuses primarily on practices that expand sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness. Considered an advanced form of yoga and meditation, its purpose is to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others. For maximum benefits, students must register for the entire 10 or 12-week series.

 

“No one can limit you. If you limit yourself, you can. Otherwise the entire resources of the Universe is yours to use.” -Yogi Bhajan

 

Your experience with Kundalini Yoga goes right to your heart. It is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the mind, body and soul. An important part of Kundalini Yoga is developing the ‘Neutral Mind’ and its capacities of endurance, intelligence & integrity. Life is described as nothing but a vibration. It’s a path that vibrates up and down like a wave. Just as every night is followed by day. Thus cultivating the ‘Neutral Mind’, helps us navigate the ups and downs of life and not get pulled in.