Focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and gaining strength and flexibility. Gentle Yoga is a combination of postures coordinated with the breath, performed at a gentle pace which allows time to be present in each pose. This class provides the opportunity to explore your practice, to find the play between strength and flexibility, stability and ease, and to gain a greater understanding of physical alignment and balance.
Yoga for Seniors
Build strength and endurance, increase flexibility, and improve posture and balance. Students are encouraged to use props, modify poses, transition carefully, and find their appropriate balance between ease and effort. Seated chair poses, standing poses, and floor work (alternatives provided as needed).
Yin - Slow Deep Stretch
Yin yoga consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses and breath to ease the body further into the pose. Poses are held for longer periods of time (up to 5 minutes) to target deep tissue relaxation. Postures are frequently supported by props to allow you to release and relax. Long holds are beneficial to promote flexibility. Yin is very meditative and can be a perfect complement to a more active lifestyle. For an article about all the benefits of Yin Yoga, go HERE.
In a restorative yoga practice, the focus is on releasing tension in the muscles and gently stimulating the organs through long-held poses designed to support and comfort. A variety of props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, sandbags, and eye pillows may be used to achieve comfort. Restorative yoga allows us to relearn the art of relaxation while developing the skills and abilities to self-soothe by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system response. Read more about the benefits of restorative yoga here.
ACTIVE classes combine strengthening movement and yoga fundamentals into gentle flows. Classes end with deeper stretching and relaxation. Appropriate for beginners, but participants should feel comfortable getting on and off floor without difficulty and being on hands and knees.
Designed for mid-life and older adults who may enjoy or benefit from more movement in a flow pattern. Seated chair poses, then standing poses, followed by deeper stretches on the floor or in a chair (alternatives provided as needed).
Combine strengthening movement, joint mobility work, balance, and yoga fundamentals into gentle flows. Classes end with deeper stretching and relaxation. Options to challenge participants at their individual level are offered. Students should feel comfortable getting on and off the floor. Beginners welcome.
Active Yoga + Strength
Combine strengthening movement, joint mobility work, balance, and yoga fundamentals into gentle flows. Active Yoga + Strength includes strengthening holds and deliberate preparation to work toward more challenging poses/balances. Students should be familiar with yoga asana. Students should feel comfortable getting on and off the floor.
Connect poses or "asanas" in a series of sequences that flow together with your breath incorporating both strength and stretch. Deeper stretches and relaxation will be incorporated at the end of class.
"I have a fairly rigorous walking routine and do some strength training with weights. Tanaya’s classes provide the other fitness components I’m looking for - flexibility, mobility and balance with a hearty helping of strength work and centering/focusing." -Marion D.