Ten different yoga programs for ages ranging from two to 50 Plus are being offered at three JCPRD locations during the new program season beginning in January.
Yoga offerings this season are: Yoga for ages 14 and older, Yoga Fusion for ages 14 and older, Chair Yoga for 50 Plus, Yoga Beyond Basics for ages 14 and older, Morning Flow Yoga for ages 18 and older, Yoga Sun Flow for ages 14 and older, Slow Burn Yoga for ages 14 and older, Animal Yoga for ages six to 13, Nature Time Yoga for ages two to six with an adult, and a Nidra Yoga Workshop for ages 18 and older.
“Our bodies are meant to move and yoga helps to celebrate how we stretch and engage our muscles,” said Senior Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait, who teaches Nature Time Yoga programs at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. “Yoga is a bridge to connect our mind to our bodies. Yoga can also help us work through discomfort and to help anxiety and stress. The practice of yoga encourages us to use our arms and legs as an extension of our heart.”
The class called simply “Yoga” will help participants of all levels lengthen muscles while increasing both muscle and bone density. This low-intensity program can also improve circulation, regulate metabolism, increase flexibility, and help with coordination. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings, including dates, times, and prices.
Yoga Fusion is an eclectic moderate-intensity workout class which explores a fusion of yoga styles to improve flexibility, stamina, strength, and balance. Participants will use yoga, pilates, balance balls, bands, and light weights to strengthen, stretch, and connect. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of Yoga Fusion, including dates, times, and prices.
Chair Yoga takes yoga off the mat and onto a chair, incorporating breathing with movement while retaining all the benefits of yoga. Participants can experience standing balance poses using the chair for support as needed. Select "exercise" to see all the offerings of this class, including dates, times, and prices.
Yoga Beyond Basics is a moderate intensity class that lets participants experience yoga where they move a little faster, work deeper into the poses, and explore breathing practices more deeply. Before enrolling for this program, participants should be comfortable in a basic yoga class. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of this class, including dates, times, and prices.
Morning Flow Yoga is a moderate intensity class that aims to build heat, stamina, strength, and flexibility while moving through integrated sequences. Yoga experience is recommended. Sun Salutation variations and balancing postures with a focus on alignment are part of a flowing class where participants move consciously with the breath. Variations will be offered so all can participate, but previous yoga experience is recommended. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of this class, including dates, times, and prices.
Yoga Sun Flow is a new moderate intensity class which is great for both beginners and advanced students. Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga styles will be utilized with emphasis on integrated breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength, and flexibility. Slow progressive sequences and longer holding postures will be accompanied by steady rhythmic tunes, to encourage the entire body and mind to balance, focus, and calm. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of Yoga Sun Flow, including dates, times, and prices.
Also a new moderate intensity class, Slow Burn Yoga will let participants relax and stretch out. This program integrates Yin-style yoga with long connective tissue stretches and meditative breathing for greater mobility and self-acceptance. Participants will hold longer passive yoga poses to strengthen flexibility and mobility. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of Slow Burn Yoga, including dates, times, and prices.
Animal Yoga is a youth fitness class where animal-themed yoga allows participants to stretch, improve flexibility, stamina, and practice strength and balance exercises while channeling their inner beast with the calls of the wild. Select "fitness" to see all the offerings of Animal Yoga, including dates, times, and prices.
Nature Time Yoga gives young children with a participating adult an opportunity to experience music, movement, and imagination while encouraging creativity, coordination, and awareness of the natural world. Participants in this drop-in class will also get to see a live animal friend each session. Select "yoga" to see all the offerings of Nature Time Yoga, including dates, times, and prices.
Another new yoga offering, and the only program on this list that doesn’t have a class meeting until early February, is the Nidra Yoga Workshop. This single-session evening program will focus on mental wellness, by teaching participants to meditate, relax, and experience “yogic sleep” and guided visualization.
“Nidra yoga is basically a guided mediation that is done in one or only a couple of yoga positions,” said Recreation Coordinator Sophie Griffin. “We have a wonderful instructor, Valerie Deering, who is trained in Nidra yoga. She brought the idea of a workshop to us because we have had such a good response to our yoga programs at MBPC. We felt like it would be a unique experience and a different kind of wellness program.”
See details about the Nidra Yoga Workshop, including date, time and prices