Vinyasa Yoga is a style of Hatha yoga that links breath with movement. Each posture is connected to the next through creatively sequenced transitions. Vinyasa classes flow together smoothly and bring attention to both the poses and the space between the poses. Aimed to a wide range of practitioners, with a moderately vigorous level of intensity. Modifications will be given for both beginning and advanced students. The class structure and music will vary based on the instructor. As with all classes, everything is a suggestion and nothing is a requirement. If you are new to yoga, please attend 5-10 classes practice before attending Vinyasa.
Rise & Shine! An hour long early morning vinyasa practice to jump start your day. All levels welcome!
While this is a mixed level class and can certainly be worked at your own pace, the Dynamic Vinyasa flow tends to be vigorous. High energy core work is a routine component of class, and is accompanied by contemporary music. The intention is to mix a challenging, warming vinyasa practice with loud joyful music, so that students can work harder and stretched deeper while having a light-hearted, fun time.
This class combines mindful breathing with slow and mindful movements. Poses are sequenced in a slow and gentle manner, offering longer holds and less physical vigor than a Vinyasa class. By slowing down, students can explore a greater sense of opening of the body, a release of tension and a calming of the mind. The intention of this class is to enjoy the healing properties of the practice and the beauty of slowing down.
The place to begin, the place to return. This class emphasizes form and intention behind foundational poses. We will practice alignment, breath work, core engagement and body awareness so that your practice to evolve intelligently. A great place for anyone seeking to develop safe and strong yoga foundations.
Most styles practiced today emphasize muscular contraction and are considered yang. By contrast Yin Yoga targets connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments in the legs, hips, spine and shoulders. yin postures are practiced on the floor and are held in a relaxed non-muscular way for 4 to 6 minutes. The goals of yin yoga are to lengthen and strengthen connective tissue to promote skeletal health by stimulating the production of sinovial fluid in the joints and to use the breath to quiet the anxious mind. Suitable for those students interested in the principles of yogic stretch and injury prevention as well as those interested in yoga for stress reduction and as meditation. The principal mantra is ” relax completely, allow gravity to do the work, do less to stretch more. ”
Sivananda is a sequence of specific hatha postures designed to stimulate internal glands and organs, increase flexibility and strength in the body as well as concentration and focus of the mind. Sivananda incorporates relaxation and breathing throughout the sequence. it is practiced in an inward, meditative fashion and is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
This class emphasizes the complimentary ideas of yin and yang as it’s guiding principles. The opening portion of class is all about yin tissue, the slow moving connective tissue that knits the body together. Through forward folds, twists, backbends and side bends, the fascial tissue in the legs and torso will become more elastic. The second portion of class is the yang, and offers way to engage the muscular body and move the body through space mindfully. Expect the yin portion to be slow and deliberate and to learn new and dynamic ways to practice Vinyasa in the latter portion. All levels welcome.
Strong Girls Yoga (for Tweens & Teens)
This introduction to yoga is designed specifically for adolescent girls. Class will explore many yoga poses which build strength and flexibility but will go beyond the physical practice of yoga to cover to the basic tenants of yogic mindfulness. Students will be exposed to the concepts of non-violence, truthfulness, gratitude, moderation, and the cultivation of compassion and joy. The girls will also work on building self-esteem and confidence through a playful mix of heart- opening poses, thoughtful discussion, meditation and breath work.This class is appropriate for girls ages 13-16, though exceptions can be made with prior consent of the teacher. Parents can purchase 10 class cards for $150. Drop-in rate of $18 per class. For more information please contact Caitlin Marcoux at firstname.lastname@example.org
Restore the body, mind and spirit through this gentle and supported practice. Learn to soften your heart and connect to your breath. With no standing poses, the entire class is enjoyed on the mat in seated or reclined positions. Props, bolsters, blankets, lavender scented eye pillows, candlelight and aromatherapy are incorporated to reawaken all our senses and calm the nervous system, the mind and the body. This is a calming & therapeutic practice that soothes the nervous system and releases physical and mental tension.
Flow & Restore
Find the balance between strength and surrender. The first hour of class is breath-based vinyasa flow to build strength, flexibility and harness that energy to promote inner stillness. The second portion of class will be down on the mat, with the support of bolsters, resting in restorative poses for longer periods of time. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, calming & therapeutic practice that soothe the nervous system and releases physical and mental tension. The two styles together are amazingly transformative.
Cleanse & Restore
Find flexibility in the body and the mind from a gentle approach. You will move and stretch in a way that cleanses the body of stale energy. This class is inspired by Qi Gong and Restorative yoga. A combination that allows you to release and reset. This class is infused with aromatherapy and other therapeutic properties. With the use of breath and these therapeutic tools you will leave your mat with a sense of lightness.
Hour of Power
An invigorating practice to build strength and promote stress release. Evolutionary sequencing with a moderate pace for the sake of integrity, safety and deeper embodiment. Variations and modifications offered so that all levels can feel challenged and welcomed into a non-judgmental space of community.
All Levels Yoga
Open to a wide range of practitioners, this is a moderate level class with modifications for beginners and advanced students. It begins with breathing exercises, then moves through classical hatha postures that are held for enough time to refine alignment, strengthen muscles, squeeze and soak the organs and deeply stretch the body. Class is completed with a deep relaxation, allowing the body and mind to integrate the practice, leaving you refreshed and invigorated.
Unwind after your day in stillness in this thirty minute meditation practice. Class will offer a combination of silence and guided meditation. The quiet, contemplative practice of meditation is suitable for all levels.
Community Classes are free of charge and donation-based only with all proceeds going to the following local charities:
PASCON: (Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket) is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life-threatening illness and their families.
THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION (Sports & Therapeutic/Accessible Recreation): Their mission is to provide specialized, therapeutic, accessible recreation, and adaptive sports to children with a wide range of challenges and disabilities.
NANTUCKET SAFE HARBOR FOR ANIMALS: Our immediate goals are to provide quality care to the animals currently in the shelter, find them homes, and be prepared to accept any stray or unwanted animals.
FAMILY & CHILDRENS SERVICES OF NANTUCKET (Teen Center & Substance Abuse Services): The Nantucket Teen Center is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment that fosters mutual respect and responsibility for youth in grades six through twelve. We provide middle and high school youth with high quality creative recreational, educational and prevention programming.
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
– The Dalai Lama