Midcoast Yoga Shala

Hatha/Vinyasa I

These classes are suitable for all levels and are often therapeutic in intent. They are largely dynamic in nature, and focus on moving in relationship to breath.They also include breath-work in stillness, meditation, and various elements of sound yoga, all of which function to clarify and support an increased awareness deep within the body itself - an experience of profound stillness and silence - out of which we emerge reinvigorated with a new understanding of our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with our environment.


Hatha/Vinyasa II - See above, with an added dose of vigor.

 

Hatha/Restoratives - Each class focuses on meditation and breathing for peace of mind, asanas for strength and flexibility, and restorative poses for deep rest and relaxation.  We rarely take the time out of our day to rest. In a restorative class, one learns to rest deeply and fully which benefits all the organ systems of the body.  "A few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides, and blood sugar levels, the increase of 'good cholesterol' levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia, and generalized fatigue." -Judith Hanson Lasater

 

Yin Yoga - Postures are held in stillness to restore and lengthen the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the joints, increasing elasticity and calming the nervous system. Yin style yoga encourages long term health and flexibility of the joints, while recharging the energetic systems of the body, moving the mind inward toward a meditative state. This class is suitable for beginners and as a complementary practice for people who have a dynamic and active yoga practice.