Yoga Classes with Karen Clarke
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A comprehensive yoga program that includes yoga philosophy, breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga postures (asana), concentration and meditation techniques, and deep relaxation to integrate body, mind and spirit.
For all levels, beginners and experienced students. Cultivate an internal, meditative experience while stretching and challenging the body. Practice includes a variety of foundational postures (standing, seated and on the floor) that focus on balanced alignment. Breathing techniques, yoga philosophy, meditation and deep relaxation are woven into each class. Individual attention and modifications are given as much as possible within the class situation. Modifications are offered for both ends of the spectrum, beginners and more experienced students. Classes are geared toward the majority of the students' ability in the class at the time. Students who have a specific physical limitation or injury may need to attend the Gentle class first.
For all levels, especially beginners. Move with greater ease. Enjoy the calm, peace, and self-acceptance of yoga no matter what shape you’re in. Karen’s gentle approach infuses her classes with humor, humility and warmth as she invites you to go at your own pace. Karen is known for her clear and caring instructions, skillfully breaking postures into developmental increments using props and modifications that provide an accessible yoga experience for every body. Ideal for students who want to move with greater ease and reap yoga’s many benefits, even with minimal flexibility. Includes a variety of postures (standing, seated and on the floor.)
MODERATE FLOW YOGA
This flow style class is done at a moderate pace including longer holding and posture explorations focusing on proper alignment and movement coordinated with breath. In particular this class will feature standing posture flows including sun salutations, strength building warrior series, and balancing poses. This 75 minute class includes warm-ups, breath awareness, and yoga postures seated, kneeling, standing, prone and supine. Guided relaxation and meditation round out the class. This class is designed for students who enjoy an active and sometimes challenging yoga class. Modifications are given as needed to ensure the postures are done safely. Students who are new to yoga may want to consider the Gentle class first.
YOGA FOR CHRONIC BACK PAIN
Do you have persistent back pain? Back pain is considered chronic if it persists longer than 12 weeks. Some people live with some sort of back pain for years. The causes can vary and there are strategies that can help relieve and even eliminate this type of chronic pain. This 4-part series addresses postural alignment, core strength, muscular tension and techniques to relieve stress. Techniques include gentle stretching using the breath to relieve tension and somatic movements to rewrite the neuromuscular patterns that contribute to chronic pain, deep relaxation and mindfulness practices that can be integrated into daily life. This is not a substitute for medical care.
OVERCOME ANXIETY - A NATURAL AND HOLISTIC APPROACH
Consider this a mini course on how anxiety affects us--about 40 million of us!--and how we can interfere with the stress response and live a more satisfying and healthy life. We will use breathwork, gentle movement and many self-regulating techniques to help break the psychological, biochemical, and physical cycles of anxiety. The heart of the Overcome Anxiety program is education and experience. Participants will be asked to follow a weekly take-home program with daily exercises and lifestyle suggestions. The more you know about anxiety and how to use the tools to regulate it, the more empowered you become to drive your own self-healing journey. Please note: Within the group setting, this will be a private and personal experience with no group work or activities. You will never be asked to speak publicly. The utmost care and attention is given to accommodate those that are not comfortable in social situations.
INSTRUCTOR: Karen O'Donnell Clarke, E-RYT500 Certified Yoga Therapist, Advanced certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Integrative Yoga Therapy & Yoga of the Heart.
- Instructor: Karen O’Donnell Clarke, eRYT. Professional Yoga Teacher with certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Yoga of the Heart.
- Using a Goldilocks approach to yoga, students are invited to work each posture toward just the right level of effort, balancing between not too hard and not too easy.
- Register early as classes are very popular.
- Please bring yoga mat and a blanket.
- Recommended: 2 yoga blocks, 1 yoga strap (8 – 10 ft.)