Online Class Descriptions

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Rise and Shine Yoga with Lisa Lauxman

Come greet the day, salute the sun, get those kinks out so you can get you up and going! This is your chance to try out that early AM yoga class you’ve wanted to challenge yourself to do. The one hour will help you prepare for your day, provide a fresh focus for breath, body and mind to tackle all those “to dos” on your list.   Class is for all levels. Come on, join in and lets  ‘Get up and Get Going’~!  Hope to see you there, to greet the day!

Kids Yoga with Lori Wilen

Come have fun, move your bodies, breathe, and relax together. Kids of any age (but mostly geared to ages 3-10) can join on their own or with a favorite adult. We will incorporate songs, silly movements as well as traditional yoga poses. Classes will always end with savasana (quiet rest), a peaceful moment and breathing together. I’ve chosen to teach this class because all our kids (mine included) need some time to see other kids, move their bodies, and have a bit of structured time.

About Lori: I am a long time yoga practitioner, mostly at Willow Street, and was a classroom teacher for most of my adult life. I have been teaching yoga for about two years and LOVE deepening my own practice and sharing yoga’s beauty with others. I enjoy not only the physical components of asana, but also the spiritual, emotional and energetic practice as well. My instruction focuses on noticing and encouraging sensations in our bodies. I love to play with poses – shifting and moving around, trying variations, all the while remaining mindful. I look forward to seeing you virtually on the mat.

Kids Yoga with Amalie Malochee

Come have fun, move your bodies, breathe, and relax together. Kids of any age (but mostly geared to ages 5-12). We will incorporate songs, silly movements as well as traditional yoga poses. Classes will always end with savasana (quiet rest), a peaceful moment and breathing together.  All our kids (mine included) need some time to see other kids, move their bodies, and find inner peace.

Intermediate Yoga with Lori Wilen

Level 1/2 – 2. I am excited to share in a practice of more advanced poses with you in this virtual class. But what does “advanced poses” really mean? It could mean paying closer attention to our bodies – physical, energetic, spiritual, mental – in less or more demanding poses. It could mean playing with a pose you may not typically include in your own practice. It could mean challenging ourselves to stop and sit and breathe. We will play with all of these iterations in our class together. I promise to offer alternatives and check points along the way to help you feel supported, safe, and ready to keep going.

About Lori: I am a long time yoga practitioner, mostly at Willow Street, and was a classroom teacher for most of my adult life. I have been teaching yoga for about two years and LOVE deepening my own practice and sharing yoga’s beauty with others. I enjoy not only the physical components of asana, but also the spiritual, emotional and energetic practice as well. My instruction focuses on noticing and encouraging sensations in our bodies. I love to play with poses – shifting and moving around, trying variations, all the while remaining mindful. I look forward to seeing you virtually on the mat.

Getting Older, Getting Stronger with Carol Mermey

Increase your resilience in these challenging times – this class includes breath work, practices to open muscles and joints, strengthen the back and the core, improve balance and agility, and increase focus and clarity.  It is designed for mid-life and older adults, with students encouraged to find their balance between ease and effort, start from where they are, modify where appropriate, and continually build strength and capacity.

Carol (E-RYT 500, MPH, retired IT Project Manager) has continued her training in Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga for Osteoporosis, Integrative Yoga for Seniors, and using mind-body practices to enhance brain longevity.  She enjoys walking, working out at the gym, art, jazz, theater, travel, and time with her family.

All Levels Yoga with Suzie Hurley

An Alignment Based Class including Pranayama and messages to the heart.

Suzie has been teaching yoga for 40 years, opening Willow Street Yoga in 1994, and passing it on to her son Joe Miller 8 years ago. As was then, and remains today, Suzie’s greatest desire is to bring the power of Yoga to every-body. Everyone is welcome to this class. 

Prenatal Yoga with Maria Sakaria

In this class expect to target the areas of most concern during pregnancy like low back pain, leg cramps, tight hips, tight shoulders or upper back pain, and so much more, while preparing body, mind and breath for labor through challenging poses that strengthen both arms and legs and help train you for the marathon of birth. Maria has been teaching Prenatal Yoga for the past 6 years and she enjoys guiding moms-to-be through pregnancy discomforts while educating women about pregnancy, birth, the stages labor and the postpartum period. With this class you are preparing for birth while keeping physically fit and connecting with your breath!

Aligned Vinyasa Flow with Maria Sakaria

In this class expect to transition from one pose to the next in a steady and slow manner while syncing with the breath and focusing on alignment to protect joints, strengthen muscles and create space in the body, mind and breath. No one sequence is alike and each week you will transition through creative practices that target major and deep muscles in the body creating more mobility and ease in areas we tend to feel limitations with our daily routine. Maria has been practicing Vinyasa for nearly 20 years and she loves the movement, the stability, the strength, the mindfulness and the challenge to stay present with the breath that this practice teaches us. She finds it only natural to want to spread the love for the practice! 

Qi Gong for Grounding and Vitality with Robin Carnes

Qigong is an energy medicine system, based on the same system used in acupuncture, from ancient China. It involves simple, easy movements that powerfully enhance our overall health, including our immune function. This class will focus on a Qigong practice that is grounding to the nervous system and increases vitality.

Yoga to Calm the Nervous System with Kathy Carroll

Class audience: Anyone who’d like to feel less anxiety and more resilience

At this time of stress and uncertainty, Kathy’s class helps us find grounding, inner peace, and compassion for ourselves and others. We do this through breath work, meditation, and postures designed to reduce anxiety and promote calm. 

We also tie in brain/body research and evidence-based strategies to enhance self-security, happiness, and immune system response. 

Though no two classes are the same, some practices we almost always do are  foot massage for grounding, salutations to the moon in line with the moon’s current phase, and supine walking, a marvelous whole body stretch borrowed from Flexaware and Feldenkrais methods. Throughout the class we look to bring a spirit of lightness, humor, and freedom to our yoga.

Yoga and Fascial Release with Tricia Kull

Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. When it’s healthy, fascia allows your muscles to slide and glide as you move. But when your fascia gets tight and stuck, it can restrict your movement.  In this class, we will release layers of fascia in your body using props, techniques, and yoga poses.  The goal of this class is to release fascial “stuckness,” decrease tension, and improve body awareness.  Everyone welcome.

Props for Yoga and Fascial Release class:

  1. Tennis ball
  2. SOFT fascial massage peanut 
  3. Puffy ball 

If you do not have a soft fascial massage peanut or puffy ball, you can use a sock peanut as an alternative.  To make a sock peanut, take 3 knee socks or crew socks, ball of 2 of them and put them side by side inside the third sock, and tie the end.
Soft Fascial Massage Peanut purchase options:

  1. purchase from the Willow Street Boutique  
    https://www.willowstreetyoga.com/props/
  2. order from Amazon – a “soft” peanut is included in this 3 prop bag  
    https://www.amazon.com/Therapists-Choice%C2%AE-Lacrosse-Reflexology-Porcupine/dp/B06Y4C1SB9/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=therapist%27s+choice+peanut&qid=1599683325&s=hpc&sr=1-1

BEWARE – there are a lot of similar-looking peanuts on Amazon but (probably) all of them are hard as rocks and not appropriate to sit on like we do in class.

Puffy Ball purchase option:
order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/MegaFun-USA-Multisense-Sensory-Play/dp/B07578PZWL/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=mega+fun+usa+ball&qid=1599683392&sr=8-5you get 4 balls so you have 3 back-ups, or you can share your purchase with a friend, or you can give them as gifts (once you experience how magical they are).

Sweet and Steady Flow (all levels) with Diana McCown

Sweet and Steady Flow offers a low-key, balanced practice centered on breath-based movements. Students can expect an extra-long warm-up; a leisurely-paced practice that builds strength, flexibility, focus, and calm; and extra attention to breathing and meditation practices. This steadying practice benefits students of all levels, including beginners, but is not suited for students with acute injuries, please.

Intermediate Yoga with Lisa Kiely

In this class we’ll begin with a quiet time to center and then move to gently opening hips, hamstrings, shoulders and quads. Good alignment is the foundation of every class as we move together for a strong, balanced and calming practice- and we’ll have some fun! If you have a block and a belt, great! If no problem!

This is a time for us to move our bodies, settle our minds and be together virtually until we meet up again in person. 

Yoga Fundamentals with Lisa Kiely

Are you new to yoga? Or has it been a while since you were on the mat? Join me for an introduction to the principle of Asana practice starting with a strong foundation-both physically and mentally. Yoga is an essential part of me- I’m so excited to share that with you.

Sanctuary: Yoga for Fierce Times with Lakshmi Kanter

Yoga teaches us how to create and sustain a sanctuary within our own mind-body, a sanctuary that is our birthright.  In this inner sanctuary, we can access more healing, spaciousness and even peace than we could possibly imagine.  

Yogic practices train us to navigate back to our truest inner home over and over again.  This is especially helpful during life’s inevitable losses, disappointments, and challenges, as yoga empowers to choose how we respond to things beyond our control. 

Together we will explore yogic posture and embodied movement, cultivate our breath, harness the powers of intention, nourish ourselves with guided relaxation, and practice several meditative techniques.  The power of the yogic practices that we share together well help each of us re-calibrate, rejuvenate, fortify, and transform from the inside out.

All levels welcome. 

Yoga Dance for Body, Mind, and Heart Health with Terri Shuck

Let Your Yoga Dance combines gentle yoga and chakra-inspired dance movement (no complicated choreography) with music from around the world.  Guaranteed to boost your joy quotient in body, mind, and heart!  Dancing is a natural antidepressant, good for exercising balance, loosening joints, and strengthening bones and muscles, especially the heart with some blissful cardio action.  Fun and energizing for all ages, bodies, and abilities. No yoga experience or mat necessary, just a little room to move.  During the fall series, we will be dancing with the Yamas and Niyamas, the first two limbs of yoga.  Our practice every Saturday at 11:15am is designed to combine joy and fun with the deep and the sacred.  

Appropriate for all bodies, ages, and abilities.

(The seven chakra playlists from the summer series are posted here.)

Intermediate / Yoga II with Tuesday Irby

Explore asana to gain strength and flexibility in your body and mind.  Each week’s practice builds towards the next to provide consistency in your practice.  This class grows from simple poses to more complex poses with places to stop and work along the way.  This class is not intended for students with less than one year of asana practice.  Every session includes a short meditation to round out the class.  Recommended props include:
•2 yoga blocks or 2 large hardback books
•1 yoga strap/belt or 1 long scarf/necktie
•1 or more blankets or full size towels

Adult Chair Yoga with Amalie Malochee

All Bodies All Ages All Levels, an accessible yoga class designed for all bodies and all ages. No experience needed, simple yoga movements to increase resilience, improve fitness, and promote mindfulness.

Props for class: mat, two blocks or some hefty Brittanicas, a yoga blanket/beach towel, and a folding chair or best comparison.

Mindful Yogic Parenting with Lori Wilen

This class is targeted to parents and caregivers who want to build a community to take care of ourselves and each other. These are particularly challenging times – managing our children, ourselves, our work, our homes. Let’s join together in a yogic community to talk, move our bodies, breathe, meditate, and support each other. Appropriate for all levels of yogis.