These classes are a collection of yin filled methods that can be integrated into your life. They become personal self care practices, that can take as little as 10 minutes a day. We believe this is a pivotal element of stress management. Our ability to manage stress becomes extremely difficult when we are depleted physically, mentally and emotionally. Our Yin for You classes are offered as a method to begin integrating a personal practice into your life.
We believe that beginning a personal practice establishes and strengthens the connection between physical body, mind and spirit. This connection is essential for finding your own personal inner harmony aka living a balanced life. In addition, it is this level of balance that will provide you with the clarity, courage and connection to change the world, by sending some powerful ripples doing the work you love.
All of these classes are donation-based and drop-ins are permitted. However, due to limited space we highly recommend signing up prior to secure your spot.
Yin Yoga Classes
Yin is a beautiful practice of long-held, deeply relaxing, passive yet energizing poses that open the meridians of the body. Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body and the fascia that covers the body (rather than the muscles). It is a quiet, meditative, internal practice.
Yoga is an internal journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to connect with your true self on a deeper level. At its core, it is about developing a deep reverence and pure love for your body as the temple it is.
We offer the opportunity, once a week to come experience a self-care yin flow designed to heal and restore you. These classes are small (2-8 students) and allow our instructors to nurture you throughout the practice. The classes are designed for ALL LEVELS and are 75-minutes in duration. We provide all students with the necessary equipment (including yoga mat) for class.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus.
The practice focuses on increasing Qi, circulating Qi, using Qi to cleanse and heal the body and finally storing Qi. We teach the slow gentle movements of Qigong that can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced lifestyle, which brings greater harmony, stability, and enjoyment.
Our weekly 45-minute Qigong practice will include varying exercises aimed to increase Qi, circulate Qi, store Qi, as well as cleanse and heal the body of any turbid Qi. In addition, we explore the breathing practice of Healing Sounds from Qigong. Qigong’s Healing Sounds are based on the five elements that make up our bodies and the natural world; each element has a corresponding organ system, color, sound, and season. When you make the sound in a purposeful way, it is meant to bring that element into balance in your being. The breath combined with the sounds purge and cleanse the organ cavities and channels.
It's my first time, should I arrive early?
If it is your first time attending a personal practice workshop at Leadership Arts Associates, we request that you arrive 10 minutes early to settle in and complete necessary paperwork.
What should I wear?
For Yin Yoga, it is suggested that you wear layered, comfortable clothes to move in. This cozy layers, including socks. Yin Yoga is generally a cooling practice.
For Qigong, wear loose clothing that allows you to move around and stay cool.
Can I eat before my class?
It is best to eat larger meals at least 60-90 minutes before your practice; or a small snack up to 30 minutes before class.
I have some health issues, should I be worried?
Make sure to tell the teacher at the beginning of class about any health issues, questions, or if your health status has changed. This helps us offer modifications and variations to ensure you have the maximum benefit from your practice.
Can I just show up for a class?
Signing up for a class prior guarantees you a spot. Our space in the studio is limited. Our Yin Yoga classes max out at 8 participants.