Weekly Community Yoga Classes


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.

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Most of us are familiar with yoga. You may have participated in a yoga class at a studio or gym where the teacher leads the group through a series of poses. There are lots of different ways you can practice yoga, and although they are all beneficial, most of them ask you to follow along with the group and do not take into consideration your individual needs.

Yoga therapy flips that concept around. When you work with a Yoga Therapist you work one-on-one, and everything you are taught is customized to YOU.

Yoga therapists have specialized training to guide you in your own self-exploration by helping you connect to your body, your breath, and your mind. This can lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself so you can be more present in your life. And when you are more present in life, you aren’t ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.

Yoga therapy draws on ancient practices that have been helping people feel better for thousands of years. There are endless yoga techniques out there, but the most common techniques used in yoga therapy are movement, breathing, meditation, and chanting. Yoga therapists also use yoga philosophy to help their clients better understand their behavior and how they are interacting with the world around them.

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 Offerings

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 yoga and will strengthen muscles and improve overall flexibility. This class leaves you feeling rejuvenated and centered and is appropriate for all levels.

Yoga for Self Care

In a warmly lit atmosphere, enjoy a mindfully crafted movement 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 Vitality

Ignite your energy flow, cultivate awareness and create balance in your whole being. Based upon trauma-informed principles and practices of Kundalini Yoga, you will be guided to explore a combination of breathwork, sound, gentle movement and meditation in this rejuvenating class. Accessible to all levels of experience.

Release and Restore

In this meditative, candlelit yoga practice, you’ll be guided to slowly release tension in the mind and body through seated and reclining Yin postures. Working with time and gravity, you’ll explore sensations that bring you to a healthy edge while cultivating awareness of the support you need. Each session flows with the energy of the day and will leave your entire being feeling lighter, more relaxed and at peace

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