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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

YOGA

Aerial Yoga:

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Unnata® Aerial Yoga is for students with some regular yoga experience. Students alternate between the mat and postures in a fabric hammock for a deeper awareness and balanced practice.  To attend the  drop-in classes you must attend an “Aerial Yoga Skills Workshop” (see Workshops).  Class size is limited, so call ahead.  If you have a spinal condition, injury, or medical issues that prevent you from inverting (glaucoma, heart condition, etc) or backbending, please obtain your doctor’s permission.

Through Unnata Aerial Yoga the fascia unwind, the mind quiets, core-strength is built, and participants leave feeling whole… a wonderful complement to your mat practice!  Yoga principles such as ahimsa (non-harm)  and mindfulness are the foundation of Unnata Aerial Yoga.  Asanas (postures) are practiced with focus on breath, alignment, and meditation.  The fabric hammock is a prop intended to assist with muscle release, body alignment, stregthening and to deepen your awareness.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann@tulayogawellness.com with any questions.

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Candlelight Yoga:

A glowing, candle-lit, pre-bedtime gift to Self! Come to this later-evening practice which includes all the elements of the Tula Yoga class with a sequence to burn off any of the day’s acquired blockages, and an emphasis on calming poses to transition the body down to prepare for a deep and healing night’s sleep.

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Chair Yoga:

Want to try yoga, but have arthritis, replaced joints, or other health issues? Then this class is for you.  Sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support, you’ll learn fundamentals of yoga postures, and breathing, practice techniques to release tension in the mind and body, and begin building strength and flexibility. This class is for ambulatory students only.  Please note:  This class is not currently on the schedule, please inquire within if you have interest.

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Family Yoga:

Yoga that the whole family can enjoy!!   Our family class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story time and relaxation so that the whole family can enjoy the benefits of yoga. Bring your kids, your parents, your grandparents. All ages are welcome!

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Gentle Yoga:

Pamper yourself by taking some time for a little “R and R.” Learn fundamentals of yoga postures and breathing, ways to build strength and flexibility, and techniques to release tension in mind and body. Please note: Flexibility is not required, but you must be able to get up and down from the floor, using a chair if necessary.

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Lunch Break Tula:

Hour-long version of the Tula class to refresh and ground.
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Restorative Yoga:

A Restorative Yoga practice that helps your body and mind return to their senses. We will begin with a series of poses that help you unwind as well as strengthen, continue with supported restorative poses and end with a luxurious savasana. You will leave feeling refreshed and restored.
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Slow Flow: 

Vinyasa-style; linking breath to movement in a flowing sequence. By slowing the pace down, we create opportunity to refine and understand alignment, create space and opening in the body and become aware of the subtle energy flow within us, revealing inner strength. All levels will find benefit – beginners have time to absorb the elements of a new practice, and the more advanced have time to go deeper into the asana and breath with intention and tapas (heat).

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SomaYoga:

SomaYoga is a blend of somatic movement, therapeutic yoga, and classic asana; a class intended to encourage functional and free movement in our beings.

Life happens and sometimes overuse, strain, trauma, or injury can cause parts of our body (and mind) to go unconscious. Using the somatic element of this class as a re-education of the muscles we can slow down and align movement with the range of motion specific to your body. By strengthening mind/body connection through building this awareness consciousness is gained. And when bodies function in the inherent brilliance intended they are limitless and empowered to heal themselves. From the foundation found in your body we’ll continue to nourish using therapeutic yoga techniques and attention to breath as we build into classic yoga postures and sequences.

This class is accessible for every body as you are guided to find the postures and movements in a way that is from within, along with suggested modifications.  It is ideal for anyone interested in finding a more free, curious, and awake relationship with their interconnected mind/body/spirit.

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Tula Yoga:

The elements in this class stay true to the Sanskrit word tula’s meaning: balance.  All levels will enjoy this yin (energy calming)/ yang (energy/heat building) practice promoting strength, flexibility, balance and clarity.  Asana (poses) will challenge with dynamic and static action and restore with deep release to produce an overall effect of invigorated steadiness and calm.   Poses are taught with modifications and the opportunity to intensify or simplify as needed.
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Vinyasa:

This flowing style yoga class, while linking breath and movement, will build heat, promoting strength, flexibility, balance and agility. Within the challenge there will be calming poses woven throughout to ensure a grounding and stress-relieving result.
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Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra 

Yin Yoga is a Taoist based passive practice. Yin postures are deep stretches supported by props and held for 2-6 minutes.  These deep stretches allow us to open up and expand through the fascia and meridians that run throughout our bodies. Restorative Yoga is also a passive practice where props are used to support us in various postures that support the spine and release tension. Each restorative posture is held for several minutes. This class ends with a Yoga Nidra practice where awareness is guided throughout the body to bring us to the deeply relaxed state between awake and asleep.

This class is ideal anyone looking to create more stillness in their mind and release in their body. Weather you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned practitioner- come and explore the softer side of yoga.

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Yin Yang (Chi Machine):

This class is an exploration of an anatomically mindful, heat building, moderately paced Vinyasa Yoga practice that is combined with the cooling, restorative, and regenerative practices of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. This blend is a perfect combination for enhancing and promoting the body’s natural ability to detoxify and repair.

Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga are different in subtle ways but are quite complimentary within the same practice. Making use of props, attention to breathing and poses held for prolonged periods of time, Restorative Yoga is a gentle and therapeutic modality that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation in the body as well as the mind. Yin Yoga  addresses the lubrication and creation of space in the connective tissues at major joint sites, or at areas not accessed in a ‘yang’/movement oriented/Vinyasa Yoga practice. Yin poses may be held anywhere from 1-5 minutes and the key in holding them is the sensation — navigating it with mindfulness, the movement of the breath, and in understanding how this may correlate to the traditional Chinese medicine theory of acupressure meridians. When these meridians are accessed in a Yin Yoga practice, it may actually serve to fortify major organ groups.

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Yoga Calm®:

Through Yoga Calm practice, your child will develop more personal aware-ness and learn specific strategies to maintain focus and manage their emotions and impulses.  And practice over time contributes to his/her greater health, self-mastery and well-being.  Help your child develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness and happiness.  Yoga Calm gives children a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental and emotional development.  Skills include: simple breathing techniques to slow down the nervous system, develop self-control and connect kids with their feelings.  Yoga poses to release energy, learn compassion and develop strength, concentration and self-confidence.  Games and processes that develop patience, mindfulness, leadership and other social/emotional skills.  Relaxation techniques and storytelling to calm the body and mind, and integrate physical, emotional and cognitive experiences.

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DANCE/FITNESS

Bellydance Fundamentals:

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Learn the ancient art of bellydance, including safe posture/placement, basic combos, dynamic hip and stomach movements,  eye-popping isolations, and gooey movements.  This class fuses contemporary dance with traditional and tribal fusionbellydance movements, develops core muscles, challenges the cardiovascular system, enhances confidence, and strengthens the mind-body connection.  Class will begin will a yoga-inspired warm up and stretch, and end with a full-body stretch and short meditation. No dance experience needed.  Ages 16+

 

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Bootcamp:

A 30 minute high intensity boot camp style workout followed by a 30 minute calming deep stretch Yoga class.  The class is for all fitness levels, creating the perfect balance of overall wellness.  Taught by Amy Twombly, Coach

 

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Beginning Bootcamp:

This fitness class is  for everyone who wants to explore getting stronger breath, muscles and spirit.  A supportive environment that teaches every movement in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears allowing you to tailor the workout to where you are for the day.  There is no “DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME 20!” in this class – only a supportive environment that teaches, guides and challenges. 

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Dancing Freedom:

Dancing Freedom is a practice of liberation.  It is fun, empowering, and supports the emergence of the inner Self.  Each class offers both freedom and structure, creating a safe, welcoming space for people to experience greater expression, trust, healing and connection!  Join us!

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Just Starting Out:

Sometimes, figuring out how to start exercising can be challenging. Just Starting Out is a class for designed for people who want to get started or re-started moving their bodies.  We’ll work on increasing your cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, strengthening your muscles, getting you more flex-y and building your spirit and confidence. All it takes is that first step and you’ll be on your way. 

This class is a fun exercise class that combines movements to raise your heart rate and movements that get you stronger.  Everything is taught in gears (1st, 2nd, 3rd) so that you can adjust movements and personalize the workout to where you are feeling that day.   It is a collaborative and supportive environment designed to make you feel good inside and outside – sweeping away self doubt, fear and self consciousness and replacing them with self love, confidence and determination.   Taught by Sarah Turino www.turinofitness.com 

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Zumba®:

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Zumba Gold®:

Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule. Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun.

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MEDITATION

Open Meditation

Are you looking for support in your meditation practice or do you have interest in trying meditation for the first time? Open Meditation is great way to start the week anew at Tula! This is a lightly guided seated (floor or chair) meditation class where we get together in community to sit and follow up with a short discussion around what comes up: topics and questions. Nicole will lead and support you from her years of experience with meditation. She has received much of her training following the methods of superconscious meditation in the Himalayan Tradition of Hatha yoga and studied very closely with Yogiraj Achala since being initiated in the tradition in 2009. Different practices and methods will be shared with you over time, as well as practical tips for developing your own meditation practice outside of class (if desired). Sits begin at 6am and 6:30am, stay for one or stay for both 30-minute periods – whatever suits you! Discussion and questions will be at the end of the second sit session. Please arrive and depart with the bell, which is rung on the half hour. Everyone welcome! No prior experience necessary.

Grounding Meditation

Learn how to connect with earth’s energy as we practice Grounding Meditation.  Grounding is the process of connecting one’s own energy with the earth’s energy, and using that as a “foundation” to calm and strengthen you, and as a “battery” to recharge yourself — physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.  This process helps us ground deeply in our bodies which makes it easier to calm the mind.  It also teaches us how to immediately center ourself, and become stronger and more calm during stressful experiences or situations in our daily lives.  We will add a short topic to focus on each night of class having to do with wellness, health, creativity, manifesting, self-care and others.  You can begin at any time.

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