Somatics and Yoga
SOMA – from Greek sōma ‘body.’ YOGA – Sanskrit, literally ‘union.’ Somatics and Yoga pair perfectly. Somatics is the intentional movement and awareness of the body. Somatics brings our central nervous system out of “sensory motor amnesia.” This gentle practice happens almost exclusively on your back, on the mat. Recline and Supine. Slow, non-habitual movements bring the body and mind together in a relaxing, yet powerful practice. Relearn and reteach your body to move the way it was intended. Begin to undo and unwind those not-so-great standing, walking, and moving habits. Paired with yoga and the practice of breath, mindfulness, and non-attachment – Somatics and Yoga bring a total body/mind coherence that is relaxing and beneficial.
Mindful Hatha Yoga
Mindful Hatha Yoga concentrates on the meditative approach to yoga. With gentle stretching, sitting and prone postures, and breathing, Mindful Hatha Yoga encourages the yoga practitioner to experience the present moment. Mindful Hatha Yoga follows the traditional yoga approach, bringing awareness of the body through the postures (Asanas) and focus on the breath (Pranayama) to prepare the mind for concentration and meditation (Dhyana).
Chair Yoga incorporates a chair as our main prop to the practice of yoga. This class is great for people who want to enjoy a Mindful Hatha Yoga class with stretching and body movement in a gentle, supported practice. We use the chair in both seated and standing poses, making it suitable for people with balance and mobility challenges. But make no mistake! Chair Yoga is STILL Yoga. It’s different than yoga in seated or reclined positions but certainly no less than a true, yogic experience. At Take Me To The River Yoga studio classes are led in the Kripalu tradition of yoga, focusing on body awareness and sensation. This approach allows practitioners to explore their own personal mind/body connection in a safe environment, and learn to integrate their yoga experience “off the mat” in their daily lives.
Kripalu Vinyasa Flow (Levels I, II and III)
Kripalu Vinyasa Flow infuses the movements of the Vinyasa style with the Kripalu tradition, bringing in the four yoga paths (Jnana, Hatha, Bhakti and Karma) for a holistic approach to yoga. The special “gradient” sequencing of the class brings attention to the physical, subtle and causal body to provide a transformative yoga experience. The three levels are similar to yoga classes described as gentle, intermediate and advanced, with Level III being an advanced class because it is more challenging and vigorous. A Kripalu yoga class is led in a way that allows practitioners to explore their own personal mind/body connection in a safe environment, and learn to integrate their yoga experience “off the mat” in their daily lives.
During our yoga class we want to work within a heart rate that is appropriate for our individual bodies to maintain and improve fitness. In HRV Yoga class we focus on the heart and work to effect a positive and healthy heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV). Heart Rate Variability is the variation in your heart between your heart beats. Measuring the variation between the R-R beats of your heart provides a window into your level of stress. HRV training helps you monitor your stress level by tracking the changes in your autonomic nervous system (ANS). The two branches of the ANS, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems respond to the stressors in our lives. Come learn about the relationship between yoga, HRV and stress, and how yoga can help you find balance in your own nervous system. More info at HRVyoga.com and BigDataYoga.com.
Energy Body Yoga
Energy Body Yoga focuses on three of the 8 limbs of yoga: classic yoga postures (Asanas), working with yogic breathing (Pranayama) and concentration (Dharana). The class goes through an active yoga experience that includes standing, sitting, balancing and prone yoga postures. Attention is given to the energy body that includes the Chakras and the importance of the spine as the main energy channel. This is a small class environment suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced practitioners.
Special Offer! we are all ONE
Bring up to three of your friends to any yoga class and pay as ONE person. Your group of four people will practice together for the price of ONE. The regular class price of $12 will cover the cost for four people who come to the same class together. Because we are all ONE we should practice as if we are all ONE. Bring your friends with you to yoga class. Come together as ONE for asana, pranayama and meditation. Practice yoga as ONE. Because we are all ONE.