Monday, August 6, 2018

UPDATED! Let's Talk Yoga Class Types!

UPDATE! I've added the new schedule as well as the new class type to this list to help you choose classes. Once again, THANK YOU for helping make HealthGirl's Winchester studio so incredibly busy. It is a dream come true for me and each of you always makes my day!

Please contact me to register ASAP as classes are already filling up. 613-269-2799 or

I know that choosing a class can be confusing, especially if you're new to yoga, so I wanted to talk a little bit more about the classes I'm offering in the fall to help potential students find the best fit.

Chair Yoga: This is a very, very gentle series of stretches done in a sturdy chair at a slow, steady pace. This is a great class for those with limited mobility, or who are just returning to exercise after surgery (always with a doctor's permission, of course). For those who can stand for short periods, we will do short stretches with the support of the chair. All students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and only go as far as is comfortable. Those with artificial joints or achy backs may find this especially beneficial. These classes will follow a similar sequence from week to week for students to see their progress as time goes on. As always, ask your doctor if you are unsure whether you are ready for an exercise program or not. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Schedule: Thursdays at 4:30-5:30

Beginner Power Flow Yoga: For those who want a bit more of a physical practice, but don't want to go to a traditional gym, this is a great option. Particularly in the beginning months, we will focus on building stability and strength, along with stretching, using basic yoga postures. Alternatives are given whenever possible for those who may need to make things less challenging, as well as ways to bring the level up a bit for those who wish to safely explore a bit more difficulty in their practice. This is great for those who think they can't stay still for very long! These beginner power classes will usually change from week to week to keep your body guessing, while building strength and flexibility. Students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and not to push beyond their physical and mental limits.
Schedule: Mondays 6:00PM-7:00PM; Wednesdays 6:00PM-7:00PM; Thursdays 6:00PM-7:00PM (Ashtanga-Style Power); Saturdays 9:00AM-10:00AM.

Beginner Yin Yoga: These classes focus on holding gentle stretches for longer periods of time in order to gently stretch your connective tissues. Muscles generally take 30-60 seconds to stretch, and can stretch both statically (staying still) and dynamically (with gentle movement), but tissues like fascia, tendons and ligaments require longer, usually a minimum of 3 minutes, and are much safer when stretched statically (when still or with very slow, minor adjustments). Yin also has fantastic meditative and restorative qualities. When holding gentle stretches for longer, your mind and body are gently encouraged to relax. Many people find that they sleep much better after doing a Yin Yoga class. Students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and only go to where they feel gentle sensations, NOT pain, when stretching, and to breathe. Self- adjustment as the pose time lengthens is always encouraged to make sure the student feels safe and is not stretching beyond their comfortable limits. These classes will use similar postures from week to week, but in different configurations to ensure the students get the most from their classes.
Schedule: Mondays 7:30PM-8:30PM; Wednesdays 9:30AM-10:30AM and 7:30PM-8:30PM, Sundays from 9:30AM-10:30AM.

Beginner Back Care Yoga: This is a class to try to prevent back pain. If you've ever experienced an achy back, you know how debilitating back pain can be. This class aims to help those who are not in acute pain to gently stretch, as well as perform very gentle strengthening postures to stabilize the back safely. This class will be similar from week to week to give students a chance to really relax into the sequence and allow their backs to fully embrace the gentle movements. This class is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition on its own, but it can be very beneficial for preventing minor back pain when done regularly. Students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and not do anything that does not feel right within themselves. As always, talk to your doctor if you are unsure if this class is right for you, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Schedule: Sundays at 11:00AM-12:00PM.

Beginner Hatha Yoga: This is a gentle stretching and strengthening class using basic postures, suitable for most people. This is a great class to learn how to do yoga! Alternatives are always given to help those who need a gentler variation, as well as for those who would like to challenge themselves a little more. This class will vary from week to week to keep students' minds and bodies curious and engaged, but will be geared towards beginners. Students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and only do what is comfortable for themselves physically and mentally.
Schedule: Mondays 9:30-10:30AM; Tuesdays 9:30AM-10:30AM; Tuesdays 7:30PM-8:30PM; Wednesdays 4:30PM-5:30PM; Thursdays 7:30PM-8:30PM; Fridays 9:30-10:30AM.

Beginner Fusion Yoga: This is a combination Yang-Yin class, doing a more powerful practice in the first half of the class, similar to a Beginner Power class with more dynamic strengthening postures, and then bringing the second half of the class into a Yin-style practice, with very gentle stretches held for 1-3 minutes to allow the body to stretch the muscles it has just worked. This practice is incredibly beneficial for those who do not want a full Power or Yin class, as it gives a bit of both. It is also excellent for reinforcing the benefits of stretching properly after exercise. Modifications are always given to ensure each student is able to practice at their comfort level, and students are always encouraged to listen to their bodies and only practice at a level they feel is appropriate for them that day.
Schedule: Not available at this time publicly, ask us for a private class!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, and please talk to your doctor if you have any health concerns that may become exacerbated by physical exercise. I always encourage my students to listen to their bodies and minds and to only do what is within their scope on any given day.

Ready to register? Have some questions? Email me!

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