CYS SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
Class Level Key: A=All Levels, B=Basics/Beginners, C=Challenging, D=Donation (Free), E=Easy, I=Intermediate,
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8:30am MYSORE STYLE ~ Will (A/D)
Must be able to lead yourself, teacher assists by giving adjustments to your own personal practice
10:40am Life As… MEDITATION ~ Will (A/D)
6:00pm YIN YOGA ~ Will (E)
7:40pm POWER YOGA ~ Will (C)
9:45pm (New Class Coming)
6:00pm NEW BEGINNERS / BASICS ~Janet (A)
7:30pm Yoga For Women (and kids, but not men :P)
7:30am SunDo (Taoist Yoga) ~ Roy (A)
9:45am YIN YOGA ~ Annie (A)
6:00pm T r i Y o g a ~ Mary (A)
7:30pm Restorative Yoga ~ Savithri (A/E)
9:45am Kimoodo ~ Kristen (A)
6:00pm Yin Yoga ~ Kevin (E)
A mixture of Yin yoga with Gentle flows
7:30pm RECOVERY YOGA* ~ Jeff (D / I)
This class* is FREE, but donations to VF are much appreciated
(Be sure to read description below!)
9:45am MIXED LEVELS ~ Ellen (I)
6:00pm YOGA HAPPY HOUR ~ Karen (A)
7:15pm CAPOEIRA YOGA FLOW ~ Will and/or Michael (C !!!)
(You must be able to do very vigorous exercise to take this class!)
9:00am MIXED LEVELS ~ Monique (I)
10:45am Beginner* POWER YOGA ~ Will (I/C)
Beginner* to Power Yoga, not Beginner to yoga in general
YOGA + CARDIO + YOGA
w/ KAREN Smith
20 minutes of Yoga
30 minutes of walking/jogging/running
(its up to you)
20 minutes of Yoga
All ages and Fitness Levels
Every Saturday - Now thru April 26
Elemental Yoga Therapy
There is too much to describe here. Click on the tab above: Lotus Yoga Clinic / Elemental Yoga Therapy. Though that page describes more of what a one-on-one session is like it will still give you an idea of what a group class is like. Class begins with a 20 to 30 minute discussion of the Element.
Oxygen Mask started as a Basics yoga class, but lately students have developed the habit of coming in and going straight to the hand
drums. Emily eventually gets these rowdy yogis under control, but it doesn't dampen the fun at all. She moves us from fun to fun and interesting in a creative collaborative of
yoga explorations. In other words, its a box of chocolates; but even sweeter because its free! (...though donations to Virtues First are greatly needed and appreciated ! /www.VirtuesFirstProjects.com)
Capoeira: An Afro-Brazilian art form, a fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace. The intricate movements of Capoeira weave tradition, history, spirituality, and philosophy into a uniquely beautiful "game". Probably the most challenging aerobic, flexibility and acrobatic form of art/exercise you will ever find!
(Please Note: This can be a very challenging class. If you are not ready to sweat and get your heart pounding, you might want to consider another class.)
New Beginners: If you have never done yoga before, have taken a long break, or just practiced with some videos, this class is for you. You will be slowly introduced to the fundamentals of yoga for a transition into our other courses.
Mainly attended by those striving to conquer substance abuse. Nevertheless, open for anyone who wants to heal in any way whatsoever. Class ends with a time of sharing, prayer and meditation.
!! FREE !! ...but donations to Virtues First, Inc are greatly appreciated!
Visit www.VirtuesFirstProjects.com for more details
Mysore Style: Experienced beginners through highly advanced students are welcome to practice in quiet (without being lead) while receiving individualized guidance and adjustments from the teacher. Great for yogis who would like to deepen their self-practice in a collective, meditative environment. The class is free, but anonymous Donations of any amount are requested for our karma yoga projects. (seewww.VirtuesFirstProjects.com)
(Life As…) Meditation: No yoga experience required. Donations requested for participation (for same projects mentioned above).
Yin Yoga: All levels, including brand new students. Poses held passively for longer durations to allow “release” over stretching. A safe and gentle exercise for the connective tissue.
Taoism teaches us about the Yin and the Yang. To strive for something is considered Yang and to be with things as they are is Yin. Most people today are constantly striving for more and more and more, but never take the time (or may not even know how) to simply be with things as they are. Yang is the striving for life, Yin is the quality of life; what you have achieved that brings you to who you are in the here and now. ~ So if you feel stuck in constant striving, if you dont know how to let go, to turn it off for a while, then you need Yin: Passive, Meditative Stretching that reaches the connective tissues and what's going on deep down inside of you. Students learn to truly Let Go, allow, and be at peace with what is. This is not a work-out. You will not sweat. You will not strive. You will learn to be at peace with your self as you are, here and now.
Beginners (Non-Scary) Power Yoga: Intermediate. A gentler version of Power Yoga, but still a bit challenging. A great place to begin if you are in reasonably good shape and would like to investigate a more vigorous asana practice. Build strength, endurance and flexibility in a supportive, noncompetitive environment as you explore the postures, Vinyasas (connected posture flows) and breathwork associated with the Primary Series.
Power Yoga: Beginner/Intermediate - Challenging. Learn integration of breath and movement through Vinyasa (connected posture flows) and proper alignment of postures in the "Primary Series". Vigorous asanas blended with deep breathwork.
Basics or Beginners: The building blocks to a deeper practice. Learn and practice the fundamentals of yoga, including different postures and breathing techniques. Pace is
gentle stretching, to help you slow down, relax, and focus. Go at your own pace, using props and teacher guidance for variations.
TriYoga: All levels. TriYoga Flows is a complete hatha yoga method. In the TriYoga Flows, breath and focus are united with flowing and sustained postures in systematized sequences. Since the method is systematic, students can progress from Basics to Level 1 and then to subsequent levels as they increase their flexibility, strength, endurance and knowledge. Through sustained awareness on all aspects of the practice, the inner flow naturally emerges. This trinity practice is by the nature of its origin, deeply meditative and transformative.
Yoga Happy Hour
Unwind from the week. Link breath to motion and clear the mind while increasing strength and flexibility. Open to all fitness levels: individuals who have gotten away from exercise but are now ready to tune into the body, as well as athletes who wish to cross-train and increase flexibility. Its a group class, but thorough individual instruction, adjustments and modifications will be given as needed to meet the needs of all students.
Capoeira Yoga Flow:
This class is a combination of Power Yoga and Capoeira (see below). You will be surprised how many Capoeira maneuvers resemble yoga postures while also optimizing one of the key ideas behind Power Yoga: Heat! Capoeira Yoga Flow will make you sweat - a lot - and this is great for getting deeper into the postures.
Mixed Levels: Experienced beginners through intermediate level. Refined alignment and breathing; more holding and faster pace. Also explores inversions, backbends, and strong standing poses. Fridays 9:45a w/ Ellen ~ Saturdays 9:00a w/ Monique
“Korean Taoist Yoga” is a simple way for new students to view the art of Sun Do. From a modern perspective Sun Do (literally...immortal way) combines the stretching and breathing of yoga with the movements and ki (chi) flow development of tai chi, but it predates many yoga and tai chi systems, and has been practiced virtually unchanged since it was founded almost 10,000 years ago in ancient Korea. It is very popular in Korea and on the east and west coasts of the US.
A Sun Do practice begins with a series of stretching exercises to loosen and relax the body. Next, the practitioner holds various postures, some with slow movements, during a 40 minute period of tancheon (lower abdominal-embryonic) breathing with a rhythmic chanting playing in the background. This opens up the Sacral Chakra and brings heaven and earth energy to ones center. Afterward, a Sun Do practice concludes with a series of cool-down stretching exercises that circulate energy which promotes healthy functioning of the internal organs. The practice ends with some calisthenics and strengthening exercises.
w / Roy Bushman
(see Roys bio on the teacher bio page)
If you are a bit older you might remember a certain president who had "Fireside Chats" over the radio with America. He got the idea from attending Baha'i Firesides. These are informal discussion groups that take on various topics among the world religions in search of truth, common ground, and unity.
The Firesides will be led by Will, who just got back from a Baha'i pilgrimage in Israel. Many have asked him about the pilgrimage since his return; something he waited 23 years to do! It is said that those who meet with one who has just returned from the Holy Land receive blessings ...so here's your chance! :)
Starts in February, and will meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30p (..every opposite Tuesday of the Book Club).
Some snacks provided, but please feel free to bring something to share. (No meat or alcohol please)
LEGACY/ Past Classes
A variety of fun ways to connect with others. It usually starts with partner yoga, leading to some group exercises, and ultimately toward some simple methods of therapeutic Acro~Yoga.
Yoga Journeys: a combination of yoga, meditation, other holistic methods; even a little time for Mysore Style practice (see Mysore description on this page) all wrapped up in one!
Yoga Book Club (This class is on a break; stay tuned)
It isn't necesary that you have read the chosen book before hand. It will be the focus for the first several more gatherings.
Some snacks provided, but please feel free to bring something to share. (No meat or alcohol please)
Led by Annie (Professor at NKU)
Gentle Yoga: Gentler than a regular Basics class, and students can also modify poses for more challenge, or enjoy it as restorative.Good for anyone who needs a careful and gradual approach to exercise, such as persons who have been physically inactive or recovering from injury, illness, seniors, pregnant or two months after childbirth.
All Levels Astanga: All levels. Covers all eight limbs of Patanjali’s classic yoga system: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Raj Meditation.
Slow Flow: Beginners and intermediate students who want to simply relax and open with a slow, non-challenging, practice. Breathe, move, and feel your way through simple vinyasa flow, meditation, and relaxation to harmonize on every level—body, mind, and spirit.
Asana and the Other 98%: All levels. In addition to asanas, learn and practice many other aspects of yoga: yamas, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, etc.
*Hot Salsa Yoga:
2nd and 4th** Fridays, 6:00.
First we warm up with some Basic Yoga Asana, then we learn the basics of Salsa Dancing while simultaneously getting a fun aerobic workout. Furthermore, we learn how to connect with music and others in creative flow. The interplay between focus and flow while attenuating to another person is actually a deep practice; everything becomes yoga when you learn how to connect!
(*Hot only implies that you will sweat by your own efforts. We will not be heating up the room.)
Capoeira Yoga Flow:
This class is a combination of Power Yoga and Capoeira (see below). You will be surprised how many Capoeira maneuvers resemble yoga postures while also optimizing one of the key ideas behind Power Yoga: Heat! Capoeira Yoga Flow will make you sweat - a lot - and this is great for getting deeper into the postures. Furthermore it will prepare you for the real thing (Capoeira); which also happens to be the class that follows.
Delsarte Choreography and Dance: No yoga or dance experience required. Learn to see, feel, and express the natural art within all things.
Pre-natal Yoga: For after the first trimester. Learn different breathing techniques and how to use breath and sound to release pain. Focus on hips and hamstrings to prepare for birth. ** If high-risk pregnancy, need permission from doctor.**
Vital Mix: All levels. Kundalini, Vinyasa flow, pranayama, and restorative savasana.
Yoga Therapy: Basics. Good for anyone who needs a careful and gradual approach to exercise, such as persons who have been physically inactive or recovering from injury,
illness, seniors, pregnant or two months after childbirth. Gentler than a regular basics class, and students can also modify poses for more challenge, or enjoy it as restorative.
Yoga Pilates: The core strength of Pilates blended with the holism of yoga. Discover your powerhouse and explore complete range of motion through every major joint in the body in every plane of movement. The routines will focus on using proper body alignment and increasing body awareness to improve coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength. Prerequisite - some experience in yoga or Pilates.
Kripalu Yoga Posture Flows: A class rich with love of Yoga and fresh knowledge of safe and fun postures. Start your weekend with this sweet experience. All Levels Welcome!
SunDance: A variety of Sun Salutations linked to a variety of other Flowing Asanas, smoothly choreographed into a complete yoga workout.
Vigorous Yoga: Moves from will (postures, pranayama, alignment, building of prana) to surrender (compassionate self-observation, release into prana, organic posture flow). Pre-requisite Basics.
GroovAsana: Get into the meditative groov with this Mysore style class performed to hypnotic beats. It's not anything like your typical class and the music is turned up to the point that even if the instructor says anything it won't bother you... because you won't hear him. Don't forget, you can hang out afterwards for the yoga after-party.
Progressive Meditation: This series is in response to the many requests of Will to continue the Vipassana and Progressive Meditation workshop he held back in July. The sessions will include philosophy, discussion, instruction, practice and reflection. Will has just returned from an intensive 2-month study in India and has lots to share with us.
Ambrosia: The salubrious nectar of a full yoga practice: Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation.
Yoga Work Release: Light restorative postures, cathartic breathing exercises and refreshing, meditative, rest for the mind. If you don't have time on your lunch break for a full asana workout, nor want to go back to work tired and sweaty, then this class is for you.
Yoga Flow: A flowing choreography of moving meditation.
Yang-Yin-Yog(a): All levels. Yoga practices are most beneficial when they include classes in both the yin and yang styles of yoga. This unique class offers both yin and yang yoga in the same class. Yin stretches are passive and emphasize release of connective tissue, while Yang stretches are active and emphasize lengthening of muscle tissues. Class also includes centering, balance postures and savasana. Relaxing and Rejuvenating! (Prenatal Friendly!)
Zumba: Zumba is not just a work-out regimen, Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that is thoroughly exciting and will leave you wanting more! Zumba helps you achieve long-term benefits while having FUN in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate.