Class Descriptions



Appropriate for All Levels of Practitioners

Hatha Yoga is the ancient Practice of Asanas or postures.  The Practice include standing and floor poses.  It requires the qualities of steadiness and effort in order to achieve the goals of strengthening our muscles and developing greater flexibility.  Hatha Yoga challenges our capacity to experience steadiness while in the poses to increase our sense of balance, physically and emotionally, by encouraging us to stay present in our physical being. 

Breath work is inextricably linked to Hatha Yoga poses as we work with deep inhalation and exhalation to guide us from one posture to the next.  Few of us maintain awareness of our breath throughout our busy days and its ability to regulate our mood and behavior.  Working to increase this awareness increases the potential to be more mindfully receptive to the multitude of situations that arise in our lives, thereby decreasing the escalation of our stress level.

Gentle Yoga

Appropriate for All Levels of Practitioners

This class focusses on gentle movement of the body to release tension held in the various parts of the body as a result of accumulated stress.  Much of the class centers on movement of the spine and the core to provide you with a gentle release and the building of strength to move about your day with greater ease. Breath work is also incorporated to bring awareness of its power to energize and relax. 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a passive yoga practice designed to exercise and nourish the tissues that wrap our joints in a way that increases greater ease of motion and flexibility.  As we hold the floor postures for up to 6 minutes we constrict the connective tissues thereby wringing out the built up toxins.  Upon gentle release of the postures the tissues act like sponges soaking up the fresh fluid to revitalize the tissue.  Nourished and moistened tissues create a sense of increased flexibility and motion in our joints, and a decrease in pain and stiffness.

Yin Yoga also encompasses the principles of meditation in that we necessarily turn our attention inward as we hold the postures.  This allows for a focus on our internal thought processes that are triggered by the mild discomfort we may feel while in the posture.  The stillness provides the time and space to familiarize ourselves with the physical, mental and emotional sensations triggered by the holds.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a practice developed thousands of years ago in China to optimize the body's health and functioning.  It is based on traditional chinese medicine concepts of the interrealtionship of the organs connected by energetic pathways called meridians.  Qi means energy and Gong means discipline or practice.

Spring Forest Qi Gong was developed by Master Chungyi  Lin after being healed through his own practice and decades of studying with a variety of Qi Gong masters. He distilled and simplified the movements to ensure the practice maintained the health benefits but was accessible to all individuals.

The slow and gentle standing movements are designed to open up the meridians or channels that ensure the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body and organs and ridding the body of  excess or unnecessary energies that create blockages causing pain or illness.

Any one is capable of practicing Qi Gong.  The benefits include a decrease in pain, more flexibility, reduced stress, a greater sense of contentment , weight loss, increased awareness and mental acuity. 

Qi Gong is meant to be a daily practice.  However, any amount of practice will provide noticeable benefits to your health and well being.