Vinyasa Flow (all levels)
The content and emphasis of these classes will vary using vinyasa/flow style as a framework, linking movement with breath. Classes are open to all levels although some Yoga for Beginners classes are recommended before starting mixed level classes.
An hour long early morning 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. Sun salutations, Mandala Namaskars and other vinyasa generally incorporate additional choreography and are typically set to eastern inspired grooves. High energy core work is a routine component of class, and is accompanied by pop, techno and electronica 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 is suitable for practitioners at all levels, from those with little yoga experience to advanced students looking for a more relaxing practice or to recover from an injury. By combining mindful breathing with slow, sometimes flowing, stretching postures, restorative postures, students will discover a greater sense of opening of the body, a release of tension and a calming of the mind. The focus of this class is on helping students, particularly those new to yoga, to enjoy the revitalizing and healing properties of the practice, and to create an experience that is safe and suited to each individual’s needs.
The place to begin, The Place to Return! Learn the basics of form & alignment as well as the fundamentals of vinyasa or flow yoga. This class will teach you the “postures” , how to practice “safely” in order to set you up for all levels and more advanced classes.
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. ”
A taoist vinyasa yoga practice uses 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. we’ll do forward folds, twists, backbends and side bends to help the legs and torso become more elastic. the section portion of class is the yang portion and uses “warrior advances and retreats”, “dragon lifts it’s tail” and “the golden seed” as the way to engage muscle and move the body thru space. expect the yin portion to be slow and deliberate and expect the to learn new and dynamic ways to practice vinyasa. all levels with an open mind and sound body
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
THE TIME IS NOW. Learn to SOFTEN your heart and CONNECT to your breath. TOGETHER we will use props, bolsters, blankets, lavender scented eye pillows, candlelight and aromatherapy to reawaken all our senses and calm the nervous system so that we can have a CALM body & CLEAR mind. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.
“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
Community classes are generally given as starter classes to newly trained teachers and/or teachers new to a studio. There is no official charge for these classes although we encourage donations.
Local Charities that will be the recipients of our Seva classes:
A SAFE PLACE: An organization set up to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault helping the Nantucket Community to live a life free of violence.
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.