Yoga Classes – Description

Kripalu Yoga Classes

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Mind, Body and Spirit.

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

Yoga with Weights

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Be Strong.

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. Now offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings  9:15-10:15.

Slow Flow

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Center and flow!

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.

Restorative Yoga

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Candlelight and Chocolates!

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.

Mindfulness Meditation

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Quiet the Mind

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. Basics will be reviewed, with lots of time to practice. 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.

This will be an introduction to the Vipassana style of meditation. The class will focus on the ins and outs of staring a meditation practice, instructions on this style of meditation, and a short talk. Open to all levels of meditation and all types. Beginners are encouraged to come. This will be a group setting with an open discussion period. Where comfortable clothes. Ages 14 – adults.

The meaning of the the word Vipassana is looking into something with clarity and precision, seeing each component as distinct, and piercing all the way through to perceive the most fundamental reality of that thing. In Vipassana meditation we cultivate this special way of seeing life. When practicing Vipassana meditation we will focus on our breath, building awareness throughout our bodies, focusing inwards, into our feelings, emotions, thoughts; and then examining them to develop awareness and mindfulness, carrying these qualities into our daily lives.

Read more here about Tony Lulek, who leads Meditation at the Prana Center …

Yoga Core

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Build your core!

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!

Vinyasa Flow

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Let it Flow!

A beautiful practice where breath and movement are linked through a continuous flow of movement. After just a few of these Yoga classes, you will find yourself flowing gracefully through Sun Salutations and other flows 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 muscles strength, endurance and flexibility.

Yoga Basics – Beginner’s Yoga

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Perfect for Beginners!

A great introduction for new students, or a brush-up on the basics for veterans!

Your teacher will be Dave Dunbar. Certified by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2005, Dave brings his deep personal and professional experience to every class.

“I always leave Dave’s class feeling relaxed and centered. His voice is very soothing as he helps us to stay focused on our practice making sure we are properly aligned. He changes it up every week so the class is never boring or repetitive.” Lori Gamble

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Yoga Nidra with Mindfulness Meditation

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Divine Sleep!

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

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Moms to Be love Yoga!

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 roberta@pranacenter.com with any questions.