PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES
--Personalize/enhance your yoga
--Therapeutic yoga to fit specific conditions
--Mindfulness Stress Reduction (shortened version of Mindfulness-Based Stress ReductionTM)
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DESCRIPTION OF YOGA CLASSES 
(most classes are 1hr and 15 min)
Sylvia offers mindfulness* Kripalu-style yoga classes which feature a flow of postures with emphasis on body awareness, alignment and coordination of breath & movement. Although all classes are multi-level, some classes may be more or less appropriate for some participants.  Guidance and suggestions will be given; students are encouraged to practice at their own level, using variations and/or modifications to give postures more or less challenge. Classes have music, sounds & inspirational readings to promote awareness & inner peace.  All classes focus on proper alignment, with special attention to helping the student reach the best alignment for his or her body and ability.  The following classes are available…………………………….

GENTLE FLOW YOGA
For those new to yoga and for experienced yogis who are ready for a flowing gentle practice. A multi-level class, open to all with modifications made for different levels of fitness and flexibility.

DYNAMIC GENTLE FLOW YOGA
For those ready for a stronger flowing yoga practice.  However, it is a multi-level class and can be done with modifications made for different levels of fitness and flexibility. The class includes sun salutations, chaturanga, and many challenging poses or flows.  This class is not for real beginners.  As always attention is given to alignment.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA
​Similar to the above class in that it is for those ready for a stronger flowing yoga practice. It is also a multi-level class and can be done with modifications made for different levels of fitness and flexibility. The class tends to have more sun salutations, chaturanga, and challenging poses or flows.  Again, it is not for real beginners.  As always attention is given to alignment.

POWER YOGA
For those really ready for a stronger yoga practice. This class is not for beginners.  The class includes sun salutations, chaturanga, and many advanced challenging poses or flows.  On Thursday evenings and taught by Denise. 

GENTLE SERENITY/YIN  YOGA
A gentle practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves exactly as we are; the practice calms the mind and mends the body.  Poses can be supported with props and participants ease into the full expression of the pose as allowed by their bodies. Great for deep physical and emotional healing and relaxation.

ADAPTIVE or CHAIR YOGA:  Can be appropriate for almost anyone!!  
Adaptive yoga is especially ideal for  those who are less active, in rehabilitation or physically challenged and for those who are unable to get down on the floor or unable to get on their knees. Adaptive yoga will introduce one to a series of the most effective yoga poses, all done from the comfort and safety of a chair or with the use of a mat, balance bars or chair support.  It can also be effective for travelers, the desk-bound, truckers or golfers.

ALIGNMENT YOGA (also called YOGA BASICS or FUNDAMENTALS OF YOGA) 
THIS CLASS IS FOR ALL LEVELS OF YOGA STUDENTS: improve your poses and learn proper alignment & modifications for your body.  Each month there will be a different focus.
1. Introduction to Yoga Alignment 
2. Standing, Warrior & Triangle Poses
3. Forward Folding Poses
4. Back Bending & Floor Poses
5. Balancing Poses
6. Seated & Twisting Poses

YOGA DANCE
Remember dancing like no one was watching?  And now you like to do some yoga; maybe your yoga is dynamic, maybe gentle, maybe adaptive.  Under the careful instruction of a trained dancer and yoga teacher experience a new combination of modalities and allow yourself to more easily bring back those memories of the joy of movement!!  Everyone is a Dancer! Everyone can learn how to release and let their yoga dance! This class combines Dance with Yoga, Barre, Tai Chi, Zumba and having fun!!  Michele has her BFA in Dance and Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has danced professionally in the USA and abroad. She received her 200 hour yoga certification from the Open Doors Studio in Weymouth MA.

LifeForce™ YOGA
Interweaves the power of the ancient discipline of yoga with current evidence-based scientific findings; has been shown to be particularly beneficial for mood management, anxiety and depression; interwoven in dynamic classes. Available for private classes.

PRE-NATAL YOGA
Prenatal yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby. Although there are no group prenatal classes, modifications and instructions are given for the pregnant student.  Also private classes are available.
 SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF PRENATAL YOGA ARE:
1. Develops stamina and strength: As your baby grows within your body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight. Yoga poses strengthen your hips, back, arms and shoulders.
2. Balance: Your balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within your body. Emotionally most pregnant women are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As you try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, you will increase your ability to fine tune your balance, physically and emotionally.
3. Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders: As your baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle groups in our bodies. One tends to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies. The hips get tighter due to the added pressure of the baby’s weight in your belly. As your breasts increase in size, your upper back and chest have more tension, along with more tension and pressure in your neck and shoulders.
4. Calms the nervous system: Through mindful yogic movement and breathing, you will begin to experience the relaxing benefits of this practice. This practice activates the relaxation response in the body. As you learn to calm the mind and calm the body, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation. This in turn, calms the digestive system and all the other systems in the body. 

MINDFULNESS RESTORATIVE YOGA  - 2.5 hour session, usually offered on the second Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:30pm  -- from October to April.
Restorative yoga might best described as a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. When supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression.   
For More Information, Dates, Fees, and to Register: Click to Workshops & Events 

Sylvia and the other teachers incorporate meditation, pranayama (breathing), stress-reduction and therapeutic principles in all of their classes. Private classes will be developed according to your specific needs. Sylvia has had much success in helping students overcome stress related issues and physical conditions that are either acute or chronic.

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PRIVATE CLASSES
PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES
If you are new to yoga, if you are dealing with specific health challenges, or just want to enhance and tweak your current practice, a private class or series of private classes is the best way to familiarize yourself with yoga and develop a practice that is customized just for you. You will learn specific modifications for you and your body and you will feel confident, comfortable and safe when you attend a group class. 

PRIVATE THERAPEUTIC YOGA 
private /small groups; Sylvia incorporates therapeutic poses into all or her classes.
Through a regular practice of therapeutic yoga, students may reduce low back pain and minimize reliance on pain-relief medication, improve quality of life, and reduce the number of doctor's visits. Appropriate for yoga students of all levels, the series introduces both seasoned practitioners and beginners to the appropriate application of yoga therapeutics. Therapeutic yoga classes are also available for upper back, and other issues. NOTE: Sylvia is a certified practitioner in yoga therapeutics for mood management from LifeForce Yoga(R) Healing Institute. She also earned a Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine and a Certificate as an Exercise Specialist in the Meeks Method of Comprehensive Treatment for Osteoporosis and Postural Change.  
EXAMPLES OF THERAPEUTIC SESSIONS:
                        THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR BACK
                        THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR HIPS OR SHOULDERS
                        THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR POSTURE, BONE & OSTEOPOROSIS
(THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR THE THERAPEUTIC CLASSES)





OTHER GROUP CLASSES 
There is a separate fee for all the following programs. 

MINDFULNESS
*“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) Yoga promotes a state of mindfulness, a state in which we are willing to let go of the filters that our mind puts between us and our experiences. Mindfulness yoga promotes an awareness that begins to allow us to accept the experiences of our present lives without judging each experience as good or bad. Mindfulness yoga promotes peace and equanimity and reduces stress and suffering.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: 

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTIONtm (MBSR)- an 8-week program stress-reduction program.   

FREE MBSR INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR:   A free introductory seminar to learn about mindfulness and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.  For your convenience the introductory seminar will be offered in the afternoon and the evening.

A DAY OF MINDFULNESS 
This is a day retreat for current MBSR participants, past graduates, and other mindfulness meditators.  You will spend the day practicing mindfulness a day of Personal Renewal, Relaxation and Restoration, Guided Meditations, Breathing Practice, Mindful Walking & Gentle Yoga. Enjoy this special day with deluxe accommodations at a beautiful preserve community with a nationally acclaimed butterfly garden. Healthy lunch may be available. 

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TAI CHI FOR BETTER BALANCE
Tues & Thur @ 11:50am 13 week workshop beginning again on Jan. 5th. 
FOR PERSONS WITH ARTHRITIS, PARKINSON'S, FIBROMYALGIA, CARDIO-VASCULAR ISSUES, ORTHOPEDIC CONDITIONS, ETC.
This program is based on the work of Dr. Fuzhong Li of the Oregon Research Institute and Dr. Paul Lam in collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation.  It consists of a core of eight forms and routines of various therapeutic movements.  The set of simple Tai Chi based actions are evidence-based and work to improve stability, resulting in fall prevention. The program is facilitated by Joann & Sylvia.  Both Sylvia and Joann received certificates from both Dr. Li and Dr. Lam's programs.                                 Click here for more info


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