If you haven’t tried Kripalu Yoga classes, you are in for a treat. There’s a special feeling in each Kripalu class, as if you’re coming home to your own body, mind and spirit. Our four Kripalu-trained teachers help you develop mind, body and spirit in a compassionate, non-judgmental way. You are guided to move at your own pace, honoring your body’s needs in each moment. You will stretch and tone muscles, and leave feeling energized and refreshed. All classes include pranayama (breathing exercises) and deep relaxation; some include seated meditation and Yoga Nidra. All Kripalu classes at the Prana Center include suggestions for modifications as needed. The practice of Kripalu Yoga comes from a long tradition in India and teachers are trained at the beautiful Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA
This powerful class adds low amounts of resistance to aid in building lean muscle and bone density. It is wonderful for toning and weight management. The perfect class if you are looking to get stronger in a safe, controlled setting. Appropriate for all levels, including beginners. The teachers use a variety of tools, including hand weights, resistance bands and stability balls for a fun and varied practice.
This flowing class incorporates total body/breath awareness by beginning with centering and pranayama. Students are then led through a series of spinal warm-ups before starting a slow vinyasa flow. At this slower pace, movement and breath are linked and beginners can grasp new postures more easily. Advanced practitioners will be challenged to hold poses for a longer period of time. This class sneaks up on you – at first you feel as if you’re taking a gentle class and as holdings lengthen you feel muscles strengthening and breath deepening. A lovely class taught by Courtney (pictured) on Saturdays.
This incredibly relaxing candlelight class weaves in gentle movement and stretching with a series of prop-supported postures that you hold passively, unwinding deeply-held tension and restoring balance to mind, body and spirit. Class ends with deep relaxation to ease into a good night’s sleep. Have a chocolate after class and appreciate it with mindfulness.
Learn to quiet the mind and reduce anxiety and restlessness with the ancient practice of mindfulness meditation. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, from first-timers to experienced practitioners. Meditation has been scientifically proven to improve health and overall quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression, increase concentration, and strengthen the ability to cope with stress in every day life.
The Prana Center is currently offering mindfulness mediation in a variety of styles from 11:30-noon on Saturdays following Kathleen’s Vinyasa class (10-11:15). You do not have to attend the Yoga class, but please be mindful that meditation starts immediately at 11:30 so arrive around 11:20-25 so you can be seated and ready to go.
You are only as strong as your Core! Yoga Core is a great Yoga class for anyone who wants to strengthen core muscles and build overall physical strength. A variety of methods are used from class to class, including work with Yoga Balls, floor work, core building during Vinyasa flow, and much more. Mary-Ellen (pictured) is a friendly, fun teacher who encourages you to go deeper and work harder, with compassion and mindfulness!
A beautiful practice where breath and movement are linked through a continuous flow. After just a few of these Yoga classes, you will find yourself flowing gracefully through Sun Salutations and Warrior sequence led with compassion and energy by Vinyasa instructor Kathleen Snapper (pictured assisting). Mindfulness is emphasized every step of the way, for a safe, conscious practice that can transform mind and body. This practice can give you cardiovascular benefits, and increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.
New Year’s Resolutions, anyone? If you’ve been meaning to try Yoga but something is holding you back, Beginner’s Yoga is a wonderful way to get started. A great introduction to Yoga for new students, or a fantastic brush-up on the basics for veterans!
Yoga is a proven way to increase strength, flexibility and balance, and is wonderfully relaxing. You will learn to breath more deeply and find levels of peace and serenity you didn’t know were possible. Western science has recently caught up to what experienced practitioners know for sure in their bodies and minds – yoga (when practiced carefully with an experienced teacher) truly helps heal aches and pains and can help you manage weight and overall health.
This winter, Prana is offering two sessions of Beginner’s Yoga taught by Prana Center Director Roberta Weiner. Roberta recently attended a Beginner’s Yoga workshop at the Kripalu Center and was struck by how both her body and mind benefited from taking it all in as a new student. “I’ve been practicing Yoga since I was 17,” Roberta says, “and yet this Beginner’s session really spoke to me. I felt myself going a little deeper into postures and loving the reminders about alignment and breathing.”
Roberta will bring these lessons into the Beginner’s sessions at Prana. She has been teaching Yoga for nearly 20 years and has introduced hundreds of adults, teens and children to this wonderful practice. Roberta also teaches at the Holliston Senior Center and has extensive experience in modifications and variations for all levels.
This class is for those of any fitness level and experience, from absolute beginners to those who want a brush-up!
You will choose one session when signing up but can make up a class in the other time slot or in any of Roberta’s classes, anytime!
Some good things to know: Yoga is done wearing comfortable clothes. Layers are great as we warm up and cool down. Yoga is done barefoot. The Prana Center has mats you can borrow and water is always available. There is a place to change if you want that!
Why wait? There’s no time like today to get started on a path to health and fitness. Join Roberta now!
Winter dates – Appropriate for those who took the fall session as well as newcomers! Sign up here …
Morning session –
Monday mornings starting Jan. 8 – 9:15-10:15 am
Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5 (no class Feb. 19), Feb. 26, March 5, 12
Evening session –
Wednesday nights starting Jan. 10 – 7-8 pm
Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 (no class Feb. 21), Feb. 28, March 7, 14
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Morning Flow begins with a gentle warm-up, providing an opportunity to settle the mind, wake up the body and connect with the breath before moving into slow, mindful sun salutations. This prepares the body for a grounded warrior sequence and some playful balancing before returning to the floor for some stretching and strengthening postures on the stomach and back. Pose modifications are encouraged so all participants can find the practice that is right for them. The class will end with a few restorative poses and a final relaxation.
Discover the amazing benefits of the “Divine Sleep” practice of Yoga Nidra. This enjoyable, easy practice is done lying down. The instructor leads you on a meditative journey that is not only relaxing, but can also help you relieve stress, sleep better at night, and calm mind and body. Each session will end with seated Mindfulness Meditation so you can focus the mind for a peaceful drive home. Instructor Roberta Weiner has led thousands of adults and children in Yoga Nidra sessions, and has done multiple advanced trainings in Yoga Nidra at Kripalu Center.
Prenatal Yoga (for women at any stage of pregnancy and the months after delivery). Yoga is a wonderful way to stay fit and relaxed during pregnancy, and increases energy and vitality. You will learn how to breathe more fully, and prepare your body and mind for childbirth. Classes include time for sharing with the other women in the class.
We are sorry to say that Prenatal Yoga is not currently on the schedule. However, moms-to-be are welcome to attend regular classes and our teachers will modify for you. A perfect class is Slow Flow at 8:45 am on Saturdays, as the teacher is a new mom and has taught Prenatal Yoga. You can also attend any of Roberta’s classes, as she is also experienced with Prenatal Yoga. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Find Stillness. Experience Breath and Balance
As you Journey Inward with Yin Yoga
“If you have been doing yoga for a while now, you might be experiencing only half of the practice and just some of the benefits that are available to you. Yin Yoga is the other half,” says Bernie Clark in his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga.
Many of us have an active yoga practice which is “yang” targeting our muscles with rhythmic, repetitive movement to strengthen and lengthen the muscles. In a Yin practice there is a sense of surrender and softening, moving slowly targeting the deeper “yin” tissues of our ligaments, bones and joints. These yin tissues are dryer and less elastic so they do not have the same ability to stretch and elongate. They need to be compressed gently for a longer period of time. The longer the body is still, the more the energy becomes concentrated in the deeper tissues.
In this six-week session teacher Kathleen Snapper will guide you into postures on the floor (no standing poses) with the intention of targeting the yin tissues. Holding postures in a relaxed way, non-aggressively with appropriate pressure, not strained, allowing muscles to remain stretched but without engaging them. We will use bolsters, blocks and blankets to support us in these postures, but this is different than restorative yoga because we are feeling an appropriate level of tension on the tissues while we stay in the posture for a few minutes.
Six weeks on Tuesday evenings 7-8 pm. A new series will be held (assuming minimum enrollment) on these dates: Feb 27, Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 and 10. Sign up here!
Sign up for the series for just $80 or attend individual sessions for $18. Sorry, class cards cannot be used for this series.