Yoga is an ancient technology that continues to evolve. It encourages the union of mind, body and spirit. Here at Galter LifeCenter we offer the Hatha branch of yoga, which focuses on the physical body. The physical postures are designed to purify the body and provide the individual with physical strength and stamina. You will increase your flexibility and sense of balance.
How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
More than physical postures and stretches it is a technology of sequenced movements that occur in sync with our breath. Connecting our mind, body and breath helps us to increase focus as the senses move inward. This internal focus lets us become aware of the present moment and recognize our habitual patterns. Yoga encourages the noncompetitive spirit and letting go of ego.
What should I expect?
Yoga class may begin with a period of quiet. The teacher will then take you through gentle warm up exercises and into a series of postures. As your abilities advance you will be taught progressively more difficult postures. Movement through the class should be pain free. Class generally ends with a period of relaxation with the student resting comfortably on the floor. With the exception of chair yoga, all yoga classes are done on the floor using a mat and for some, with the aid of props.
What do I need to begin?
Come dressed in comfortable exercise clothes. We practice barefoot and have mats and props to use. Try to refrain from eating two hours before class and inform the teacher that you are a new student. Let the instructor know if you have any physical limitations. We ask that you follow the class format.
How do I get started?
For the beginner we offer an introduction to yoga class. This two-session course, which is held in a small group setting introduces the beginner gradually to yoga etiquette. It informs the student of the philosophy of yoga along with the importance of proper breathing patterns and heightened body awareness. As a student, you will learn the fundamentals of alignment, balance and how to safely support yourself in yoga positions.
There are free daily yoga group exercise classes for Galter LifeCenter members. Check the current group exercise schedule for times.
The different types of yoga classes offered are:
- Yoga – Designed for the student with some prior yoga experience. This class will refine alignment in the asanas and introduce advanced poses and sequenced combinations of poses. Breath control techniques (pranayama) will continue to be developed.
- Yoga Stretch – Designed for entry-level yoga students, this class will introduce you to the principles of yoga, including breathing, asanas (poses done to increase strength, flexibility, and body awareness), diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Yoga Intensive – This class is not for beginners; it is a longer and more physically challenging yoga class. Experienced yoga students only.
Private Yoga Instruction
Would you like to learn yoga but don’t know where to begin? Are you unsure of how to modify poses for your body type? Are you practicing yoga but want to refine your movement? Yoga privates may be for you. Our certified yoga instructors will work one on one with you to customize a practice for your body and mind.
Private Yoga Pricing
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If you are interested in starting a yoga program please call Laura McDonagh at (773) 878-9936, ext. 3913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.