This one hour high energy flow is a delicious and stealthy challenging class which will energize you for your day ahead. For those who need to get to work, we will have you walking out the door by 7:35am!
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 beginner classes are recommended before starting mixed level classes.
In this introduction to yoga students learn body and breath awareness; basic alignment of postures (standing, seated, and floor); breathing and meditation techniques; and deep relaxation. The pace of these classes is generally slow with mindful attention to differing levels of student abilities. Although these classes are non-vigorous and non-vinyasa, they include a limited amount of gentle traditional sun salutations and other slow-flowing movements designed to awaken energy and focus the mind.
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.
Practices for Mindfulness Living
Notice your mind wandering lately and can’t keep up? Are you looking for tools to help you manage the stresses of modern life? Ever notice the long days of summer are gone before you know it? You’re not alone! Join Clay to explore mindfulness for daily living. Mindfulness practices have been used throughout the ages to calm, focus and relax the mind and body, to promote physical healing and recently to help with depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction as well as other psychological disturbances. We will examine this approach from both the ancient wisdom traditions as well as contemporarty findings of neuroscience. Classes will include simple breathing techniques, some gentle movement, and mindfulness lessons and practices to incorporate into your daily life. Suitable for all ages and physical abilities (no mat work).
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. ”
Strong Girls Yoga (for 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
Prepare your body and mind for labor, birth and motherhood in this 8 week Prenatal Yoga class. Whether you area seasoned yogi or a total novice, prenatal yoga is a beautiful way to connect your own quickly changing body and cultivate relationships with other pregnant woman.This class will focus on releasing tension, maintaining good posture, clearing the mind of the stresses of pregnancy and connecting to the little life growing within.Through breath work and meditation, students will learn to relax on command and keep a positive outlook.
We will cover basic yoga poses (and some more challenging for those pregnant goddesses with an established practice) for prenatal and postnatal health, discussion of prenatal health and wellness, birthing options, and labor positioning, as well as meditation and breathing techniques that can prove extremely helpful during the process of labor and delivery.
8-class Prenatal cards can be purchased for $120, single Prenatal classes are $18 for drop-in students. Class begins Monday, January 7th (4-5:00 pm) For more information please contact Caitlin Marcoux at email@example.com
This mixed level class bypasses the dynamics of sun salutations and concentrates on the natural flow that occurs within related postural groups. The postures are held for slightly longer amounts of time which allows for an exploration of internal alignment and proper sensation. The principal mantra is ” initiate the posture, find the alignment,maximize the appropriate muscular action, breathe, relax, smile and change.”
Reboot, Refresh, Restore
Join Megan DuBois for a class that melds gentle vinyasa with restorative postures. Experience a soft flow that will integrate your yin with your yang and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Open to all levels.
This class is open to any student wishing to take their practice deeper. Often lunar in nature, this downtempo class will focus on the transitory spaces between hip-opening and heart-opening postures, linking them with Chandra Namaskar vinyasa, otherwise known as Surya Namaskar C. The flow is meticulously decelerated so that a deeper technical understanding of the postures can be explored and greater attention can be paid to the psychosomatic experience therein.
Sunday Vinyasa Flow
This class is similar in feel to a vinyasa flow class, however greater tie is spent cultivating the group dynamic through seated meditation, breath work and moving as one unified sangha (community). Various breathing and cleansing techniques (kriyas) are also expolored. Mixed level asana, core work and lengthy shavasana round out this longer, fuller and more complete body, mind, spirit experience.
This class is suitable for practitioners at all levels, from those with no previous 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, 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 Yoga Room is offering its classes for on-demand online viewing. We have partnered with StudioLiveTV (Register/Login Here: nantucketyogaroom.studiolivetv.com) to bring your favorite instructors and classes to you, wherever you may be. Now you can access The Yoga Room via your computer, tablet, or mobile device. We are thrilled to provide our community with this incredible feature, so that everyone can keep practicing and stay connected in spite of distance or a busy schedule.
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 in the spirit of SEVA (selfless service) 100% of which will be donated to local charities. (see below for details)
Local Charities that will be the recipients of our Seva Community 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.
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