Align & Refine Vinyasa
A length- and form-building class with detailed instruction and long holds that will allow you to see and understand your own strengths and weaknesses of the body and mind. This Iyengar-infused class focuses on a mat-based practice which builds confidence and comfort in both mind and body; a class where you will work on a slower vinyasa flow with specifics of learning the alignment of the poses. This deep attention helps refine and strengthen your yoga practice and in turn has the same result for the body and mind.
Beginner Vinyasa Flow
The Beginner Vinyasa Flow is a fantastic class for those who would like to start a vinyasa flow practice but aren't familiar enough yet to dive into a Vinyasa class. Guidance is geared for the beginner with an emphasis on breathing (pranayama), proper alignment, and injury prevention. The Sun Salutation is standard as are poses that build flexibility and strength, but the teaching is clear, concise, and easy-to-follow. Beginner's are encouraged to leave their judgments and egos at the door and welcome all that awaits them on the mat.
Body/Mind/Spirit Gentle Yoga
Gentle yoga is an easy approach to a yoga practice that is slow and steady, and incorporates yoga props to support the body. Props can be placed in many ways to elongate the spine, open the hips, and thereby customize within a pose to suit your individual needs. This class is ideal for students who are new to yoga, students who have physical limitations or are recovering from injury, as well as students who want to have a less rigorous and more relaxing practice. All levels welcome.
Chair Yoga Flow ($5 Community Class)
Experience first-hand how a chair can change your current yoga practice, or how a chair can help you start a yoga practice. Using a chair, you will be taught specific chair yoga sequences and postures including downward-facing dog, the sun salutations, and so much more. Chair yoga is tremendously beneficial for many types of physical conditions:
- weight control
- acute injury
- osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
- chronic pain
- heart disease
Yoga Nidra (back in the Winter 2018)
This class is all about calming the mind and body while entering conscious deep sleep. We will start with centering, followed by gentle hatha yoga and mindful movement in order to give the body time to unwind from your hectic day. The postures and breathing will also set the tone for the Yoga Nidra portion of class. The Yoga Nidra portion of class will be after the gentle yoga postures. Yoga Nidra translates to "the sleep of the yogi" or conscious "yogic sleep" and it is one of the deepest of all types of meditation. In Yoga Nidra, you are lying on your back in savasana (corpse pose) as relaxed and still as possible. The only thing you need to do in Yoga Nidra is listen while remaining alert and awake the entire time. You will be guided into a state of deep relaxation and profound inner awareness, accessing the deeper layers of your being while your physical body is completely free of tension. You will create a sankalpa (resolve) or a positive affirmation which you will repeat silently at key intervals within the guided practice. This sankalpa becomes embedded in the psyche and becomes part of who you are. Yoga Nidra is a specific meditation practice that lets the deeper layers of your consciousness, habitual mental patterning, and deep emotional impressions to become known to you. Over time, these formations have been known to shift, diminish, or loosen their hold on the psyche. It is said that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to three hours of regular sleep. The studio will be warm and darkened allowing for the optimum effect of Yoga Nidra to take root. All levels welcome.
Hatha Yoga is the umbrella of all yoga styles. Hatha yoga can be adapted to suit all levels of a yoga practice. Hatha yoga draws upon all eight limbs of yoga not just asana (postures). From Hinduism and Jainism, to Buddhism and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga is knows as "the tree that bears fruit." Classes will take you into your body and into your true nature through movement, breath, meditation, and a basic incorporation of the yamas and niyamas. With careful instruction, Hatha yoga can be practiced by beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Hatha yoga is ideal for anyone interested in encouraging harmony and balance into their life. All levels welcome.
Kripalu Yoga is a relatively new school of yoga. It mirrors a synthesis of traditional approaches and is based on the teachings of Swami Kripalvanandjij. Kripalu Yoga includes within one system the physical and cleansing practices of Hatha Yoga plus incorporates the mental disciplines of Raja Yoga, the prana awakening principles of Kundalini Yoga, together with the devotion of Bhakti Yoga and the emphasis on service of Karma Yoga. Besides being a spiritual practice, Kripalu Yoga is also a holistic lifestyle. In this style all the principles of yoga are applied in daily life, off the mat. The secret in practicing Kripalu Yoga lies in understanding prana (vital-force) as the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Practicing Kripalu Yoga regularly normally gives rise to the awakening of prana. Kripalu Yoga allows you to move at your own pace, honor your physical needs at every moment and cultivate the body, mind and spirit in a sympathetic and cohesive manner. All levels welcome.
Laughter Yoga (back in Winter 2018)
Laughter yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. We start laughing by simulating a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. Soon, this leads to real and contagious laughter.
We start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping, and mindful movement. These help breath down inhibitions and develop feelings we had as kids. Mindful breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter followed by a series of 'laughter exercise' that combine the method of acting and visualization with playfulness. We end our session with calm breathing, soothing meditation, and finally you are guided into deep relaxation while lying supported on the floor to allow the body to assimilate and integrate the session.
Through laughter yoga, we strengthen the diaphragm, we elevate the mood, we release endorphins, we connect with others, we let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and we cultivate a lighthearted sense of humor towards everyday life!
Jessica Webb is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, 500-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Instructor, and Meditation Teacher. She can also bring Laughter Yoga to your event, studio, office, school, or gathering!
For an overview of the 21-year history of Laughter Yoga around the world, visit the founder's website here.
Lighthouse Yoga 5/27 - 9/16 2017
Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett. Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months. We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.
The cost of the class is up to you! We kindly suggest a $5, $10, or $20 cash donation. One hundred percent of all monies collected all summer long will go directly to support Project Wheel House the sister initiative of Anchor Yoga bringing FREE yoga and mind/body programs to the underserved in New Bedford. All levels welcome.
Mindful Yoga & Meditation
Slow is the new advanced. A class that is rooted so deeply in the present moment, it will allow you to find the sacred pause in your own life. It may be just when your inhalation becomes an exhalation, or it may be the gem when your mind stills in between thoughts, or it might be when you slowly raise your arms overhead and you truly feel it from the inside. This class is a deliberate and awakened turn toward your senses. Taught for all levels with the braided influence of Buddhadharma and hatha yoga. Please not that in this class, ample time will be spent in seated meditation practice. Remember, "slow is the new advanced." All levels welcome.
Body/Mind/Spirit Mixed Level Yoga
Our mixed level yoga class accommodates a wide range of experience levels from beginner to students who have practiced yoga for a long time. We will work on a discovering a balance between strength and flexibility while building endurance, and improving breathing and posture.
Slow Flow Yoga
The slow flow yoga class is the perfect end to your hectic week. The time spent moving is guided with modifications and the there is room to explore the depth of sensations within each posture. Playful and fun, lighthearted and grounding, slow flow is a Hatha-based class with Kripalu influence and a vinyasa flare. The Sun Salutation is a staple but it's slowed way down for ease and awareness to flourish. Brighten and illuminate through this practice and glow your way into the weekend! All levels welcome.
Ah, the vinyasa flow. A beautiful foundation for any yoga practice. In this class, you will be led through a sequence of postures that will integrate your own breath with your body's movement. It's stimulating and grounding; energizing and balancing; top-of-the-mountain and deep-in-the-riverbed; it's simply you being you. The slightly warmer class safely offers the body a chance to establish a bit more flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Class includes linking breath to movement while focusing on strength and flexibility. This class is for yogis with all levels of experience without limitations or injuries. Modifications, adjustments and assists will be offered during class. It is requested that you have have some knowledge of poses and have taken a yoga class recently. No matter where you may be in your practice, you will have the chance to build on it. All levels welcome.
Strong Core, Soft Heart
A hatha yoga-based class with intention on activating and strengthening the core center of the body. Core strength vastly improves balance, stability and overall health. We will practice a variety of asana dedicated to opening and evolving the core while keeping the sweetness of yoga through breath and awareness. All levels welcome.
Time to rise and shine and greet the day with your best self. Gentle-to-moderate hatha yoga to prepare the physical, mental and spiritual bodies for the day. Deep stretches, focused breath and restorative meditation. Think cozy, like a cup of green tea sipped in the crisp morning air. All levels welcome.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Healing
Back, hips, shoulders, core, knees. The 'problem areas' are not problems at all in this class. A focus on healing and working with areas that may be prone to injury, arthritis, weakness or soreness. Instruction in this class will be heavy on the modifications and just as heavy on the love, the idea being that if we patiently work with these areas of weakness, they will ultimately become stronger.