Soothe your stress~


The mind-body connection is a powerful one.

We’re still unfolding the potential but what we know is that by working on one – the body or the mind – people can change. Traditionally, talk therapy has worked to facilitate change by focusing on the mind. More recently, we’re discovering the incredible power of the body to effect change in the whole person.

What is the Psychology of Yoga?

The power of yoga is that it operates on all levels – mental, physical and spiritual. We know the three are connected and that a change in one can effect a change in the others but the power of yoga is that it works with all three at once.

Now – what to expect … If you’ve never practiced yoga before, it might feel a bit awkward at first but this will soon pass.

Yoga uses postures or movements, breath and meditation to connect with your inner experience – the part that is often neglected but which has an enormous impact on physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.

You don’t have to be flexible. You don’t have to be athletic. And if you have trouble walking and breathing at the same time without falling over, that’s no problem at all because you don’t need to be co-ordinated either. The mind-body connection is such a strong one, and everything, however small, you do to connect to your body will have benefits mentally, physically and emotionally.

Yoga isn’t about arranging yourself into poses with precision and it’s certainly not about looking beautiful while you do it. It’s about reconnecting with your inner experience – something that’s so easily lost or pushed aside without us even realizing.

How Does it Work?

Science is beginning to reveal the capacity of the body to effect mental change and the research is exciting. Neuroscientists are exploring an emerging area called interoception, which is an awareness of internal sensations, including hunger, heartbeat and how we perceive the physical sensations that determine mood, emotions and an overall sense of well-being.

Physical sensations are the first cue to our emotional state and to the presence of a need. When those needs are ignored or misinterpreted, mental and physical health can be compromised. The more we can become aware of our physical sensations, the more capacity we have to change and control our emotions and to have full awareness of what it is we need to re-establish a state of balance.

It’s easy to become so familiar with a way of being that we forget what it’s like to be otherwise. Through the bodywork of yoga we are able to release the tension in muscles and connective tissue that contributes to the activation of the nervous system, and provide the experience of being ‘not depressed’ or ‘not anxious’.

Emotional memories are stored as emotional experiences in the body. Yoga accesses these emotional experiences that often are out of awareness. By bringing them into awareness, we can navigate around them, work with them or change them. Rather than being swept along by things we aren’t aware of, we can act deliberately and consciously in full awareness. This is the essence of healing.

So How Do We Know It Works?

Research around the connection between body therapies and mental health is on the rise. Recently, science has paid plenty of attention to the mental health benefits of yoga.

A number of studies have shown that aside from the physical benefits (overall physical health, strength, flexibility, reduction of heart rate, blood pressure and back pain), there are an abundance of psychological benefits. These include strengthening social connections (particularly when done in a group), stress reduction, and the alleviation of anxiety, depression, the effects of trauma and insomnia.

Sat Bir Khalsa PhD, associate neuroscientist and assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School describes how yoga targets unmanaged stress, the driving force behind anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes and insomnia. Yoga works not just on a spiritual, mental and physical level, but also on a physiological level by reducing the stress response through the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and the stress hormone, cortisol.

Yoga effects measurable changes in the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging has shown that an hour of yoga increases the levels of a neurotransmitter (gamma-aminobutyric acid for those who like a tongue twister) by 27%. This increase is enough to counter anxiety and other mental health disorders

Yoga has enormous potential to effect change and to facilitate mental and physical strength, empowerment and confidence. We’re still unraveling the extent of its positive reach but without a doubt, by facilitating greater physical and mental awareness, a fuller, more deliberate way of living will follow.

Yoga Class Schedule

Our drop-in classes occur on a weekly basis and run for 60-minutes.
All of our classes are available to drop-in, although preregistering is available and will reserve your spot.

Mindful Flow

Experience the connection between your mind and body as you move through this full body flow linking breath to movement. This class will explore the fundamental postures of Vinyasa yoga and will strengthen muscles and improve overall flexibility. This class leaves you feeling rejuvenated and centered and is appropriate for all levels.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Flow Yoga focuses on gently opening joints, releasing stored tension from the muscles, and calming the busy mind. This class also includes restorative poses that promote relaxation through emphasis on breathing and supported poses using props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks

Yoga for Self Care

In a warmly lit atmosphere, enjoy a mindfully crafted yoga sequence focused on organically slow-flowing postures, calming breath, and extended stillness to surrender and release the energy of the day. This class is intentionally created to restore, refresh and nourish you for a restful night’s sleep, and is available for everyone from newcomers to avid yogis.

Yoga for Inner Calm

Tap into the powerful healing that your yoga practice offers you. Through your compassionate attention to your physical body and gentle movement, this class cultivates a soothing restful awareness of your internal world. Experience how this specialized practice strengthens inner calm to quiet your worries, soften reactive emotions, and uses the wisdom of your body and your breath to cultivate calm. Join us for this self-care practice. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Family Yoga

Child-centered and built for fun, this unique style class creates a space where families can connect with each other and their community. Parents participate right along with the kids. Class occurs twice a month.

Pockets of Peace (FREE Meditation)

FREE Community Meditation Class – Come early or stay late for Yoga, or just stop in for meditation. Enjoy a laid back weekly meditation class sharing various forms of meditation that are ideal for beginner to advanced meditators. No requirements other than to “be comfortable.” Come share Pockets of Peace in this serene, nonjudgmental space

4P Yoga: Prana, the Pelvic Floor, and Building a Personal Practice for Women

Don't you love all the Ps in that subject line? It reminds me of my favorite joke from childhood about the kid who says his ABCs but skips letter P. The teacher asks, "Where's the P?" and he responds, "It's running down my leg!"

Have you had that problem? Not the ABCs part....the P part. It's hard to avoid a little leakage now and then. Though this condition may be common, it certainly isn’t “normal.” And, there are tools from yoga that can help.

Come to 4P Yoga and get...umm....intimate with the center of your womanhood. Build a strong and flexible pelvic floor and find flow with the rhythms of your emotional body. Leave each session feeling strong, stable, and prepared to weave a piece of your yoga practice into your life.

This class, inspired by Para Yoga®, Pelvic Floor Yoga™, and Blooma™, is appropriate for women in all stages of life. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor.

Mom & Baby Yoga

Nurture your baby while caring for yourself. Bond through loving touch, sight, sound, and movement. Incorporate your little one into the yoga sequence and receive a nurturing, strengthening practice designed to gently engage with and calm body and spirit. The class offers a chance for new mama sharing and learning, too. You’ll find a warm, supportive community — essential during the fourth trimester or postpartum period! No previous Yoga experience necessary. Packages must be used by Dec 18th. Class is for infant up to when baby starts crawling.


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Innovative approach to healthcare

Our mind-body studio brings an innovative approach to healthcare. One that welcomes an exploration of other complimentary modalities for improving emotional health and well-being.

As we recognize that for some "getting out of our head" can be a challenge we also understand doing just that can help us to make that vital connection with ourselves. A connection that can often result in creating the real and deep changes we crave.

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Sometimes in the winds of change ~ we find our true direction.

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