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Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”~B.K.S. Iyengar

You might be wondering, what is Yoga, exactly? The word Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. More than just physical postures, Yoga connects the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we become more in tune with our thought patterns. We become more aware of our experiences both in moments and in-between them. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed.

There are many disciplines and types of Yoga…and we offer 15 here at the Y! We can help you build a strong, flexible body and a deeper mind-body awareness. This healing and balancing of the physical body will help bring clarity and peace to the mind.

Our classes are open to all levels, and our certified instructors will guide you through all levels of movements, whether you’re a beginner or expert. Because there are so many types of Yoga, we also offer workshops at our Lake House, which allow you to delve more deeply into various schools of Yoga and meditation. Coming up are the Yin Yoga workshop on March 5th, and the Kundalini Yoga workshop on March 20th.

Active Older Adult Gentle Yoga: As the body ages, muscles and joints begin to tighten which causes discomfort and anxiety about one’s physical well-being.  Learn deep breathing and relaxation techniques that will help you remain healthy and active. Class will be performed standing and on the mat.

Chair Yoga: This class is a gentle form of yoga. You will practice yoga sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are NOT present in this class.  Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and ways of relaxation will be practiced.

Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises, and sequences of asanas (postures), designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. Experience greater flexibility, strength, range of motion, balance and reduce stress.

Family Yoga: Family yoga includes postures for the whole family.  Enjoy a fun, healthful class while bonding with your loved ones. For ages 4 and up.

Power Yoga: An athletic class for mixed levels.  A  traditional Hatha Yoga practice that generates heat through a vigorous flowing series of yoga postures and coordinate with enhanced breathing to develop strength and flexibility.

Restorative Yoga: The use of props and postures to restore the body’s joint, bones, and muscles.  The instructor observes, monitors and teaches the proper alignment for each client. The goal is to alleviate muscular tension by stimulating a natural healing response. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Full Members: Free. Basic Members: $45 (per session)

Rock Your Vinyasa: Prepare to rock your yoga practice with this Vinyasa-based power class set to both modern-day and classic rock music. Students will flow through poses challenging their strength, balance, flexibility and cardio, while making the mind-body connection that a Vinyasa practice supports. Some yoga experience recommended.

Sun Salutations: We will start our morning off right with deep breathing combined with poses that help to stretch and wake up the body, followed by a quiet meditation to prepare ourselves to carry our inner peace throughout our day into all that we do.

Vinyasa Yoga: Coordinates the breath with dynamic flowing movement. Emphasis is on Sun Salutations, balancing poses, increasing flexibility, and raising the heart rate, always finishing with relaxation in Savasana for complete balance.

Yoga for Flexibility: A  series of poses to restore and increase flexibility.

Yoga Basics: New to yoga? Yoga Basics will introduce you to a practice that can bring strength, balance and flexibility to your life. Through basic postures and alignment principles you will be able to discover the benefits of yoga at your own pace.

Yoga Challenge: Experience greater flexibility, balance and body alignment by focusing on neuromuscular re-education and conscious movement.

Yoga Mix: A challenging mix of poses for all levels that incorporates breathing practices and mind focus for optimal strength, mental clarity, energy and relaxation all rolled into one!

Yolates: Yoga meets Pilates for whole body integration. Strengthen, sculpt, and generate heat in a powerful class that will leave you feeling energized and more flexible.

 By: Tracy L. Nieradka