Class Descriptions

Classes are grouped into 3 categories to simplify. See the detailed class descriptions below.

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Suitable for those who are brand new to the  practice, for when you want a more relaxing  approach, or if you are recovering from injury.

  • Monday Morning Mindfulness

  • Greenfield Zen

  • Gentle Yoga

  • Alexander Technique

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Introduction to Yin Yoga (resumes Sept 2019)

  • Continuum Somanautiko

  • Morning Yoga with Lindel Hart

  • Stretch and Flow with Kate

  • Yoga for Healing (starts Aug 2)

  • Co-op Yoga

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Great for those with a bit of experience who aren't  dealing with any major injuries. These classes will  help you build a solid yoga foundation.

  • Power Flow Yoga

  • Form & Flow Yoga

  • Hatha Yoga Lab

  • Evening Yoga with Nick

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Great for those looking to take their practice and  study of yoga to the next level. Expect some more  challenging postures as well as exploration of more advanced philosophy and concepts.

  • Asana Lab Playshops with Molly

If you're not sure about which class to choose, we're happy to advise you.

Please contact us with any questions.

 

Register for a class or pay for your class card online.

 

Detailed Class Descriptions

Best for Beginners Classes:

  • Monday Morning Mindfulness (Lance) - Meditation seekers are welcome to come to the studio on Monday mornings to join in silent practice from 7:15 - 8:45am or to join the meditation circle from 9:00 - 10:30am. 

Silent Practice:  In many religious traditions, temples and churches offer an open sanctuary for those wishing to engage in their silent spiritual practice. Whether you wish to meditate, pray, read, journalize, do yoga or other silent practices, you are welcome to join us to begin your week in Silent Practice. You may arrive (and leave) at any time. Lance will be available to time alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation if requested. 

Monday Morning Mindfulness Circle:  Appropriate for beginner's or those who have already explored meditation. the MMM Circle provides ongoing support for establishing a regular meditation practice and the cultivation of kindness, clarity, compassion and ease into our lives. Each weekly session includes periods of Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, and Circle Practice which involves Mindful Speech and Deep Listening.  Instruction on a variety of meditation techniques and other practices that support approaching our lives with a Clear Mind and an Open Heart will be shared by Lance and others.  For more information: Lance at thishazymoon@gmail.com or (847) 502 6204. This class is free and open to all; donations appreciated but not required.

  • Greenfield Zen: All are welcome to join us as we practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Cushions provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one. Beginners are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 pm for orientation and initial instruction. Drop in anytime. Contact: Peale, 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com
    Cost: $5-10 suggested donation

  • Gentle Yoga : (JennyThis class emphasizes slow, easy movement supported by breath to help increase your flexibility, calm your body and mind and bring you home to yourself. Just right for beginners and anyone looking for a relaxing experience.

  • Alexander Technique (Lisa):  Back by popular demand, this class provides an introduction to and deeper practice in Alexander Technique. Focused on helping you move in a more relaxed and comfortable way... the way nature intended. Learn how to identify and lose the harmful habits you have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely.

  • Restorative Yoga (Barbara and Dede):  Come pamper yourself with Restorative Yoga. This is an “active relaxation” practice that uses simple props like yoga blocks, bolsters, and blankets to fully support your body in a series of gentle back bends, forward bends, twists, and inverted postures. Restorative yoga cultivates profound rest – physically, emotionally, and mentally. The class is accessible to yoga students of all levels and meets once per month on Friday evenings.  Class is limited to 16 students.

  • Introduction to Yin Yoga (Jenny): This class teaches the practice of Yin, helping students find greater strength and flexibility in the deeper connective tissue of the body--joints, ligaments, and fascia. We will explore this meditative practice through challenging physical poses, learning how Yin works within a yoga practice, and seeking to create deeper access to and understanding of the self.

  • Morning Yoga with Lindel Hart (Lindel):  Come together for a weekly class with Lindel Hart! This gentle-to-moderate class incorporates breath awareness exercises and a few moments of quiet reflection to help you set the tone of your practice. Initial gentle stretching opens the way to a practice of yoga poses to build strength, flexibility and awareness. Lindel has studied mostly with Iyengar teachers, so his teaching focuses on anatomical alignment and postural integrity while honoring an individual’s needs in each pose. Modifications and/or alternate poses will be offered as required. Individuals who desire a more demanding practice are encouraged to increase the intensity of their experience as appropriate. 

  • Continuum Somanautiko (Megan):  Continuum is an extraordinary awakening into the fullness of what it means to be alive and within the human experience. Continuum is an exploration into the fluid dance of life as it unfolds through our being and the world around us where movement is the teacher. In Continuum we take the time to slow down and tune into our internal rhythms. We explore a variety of breaths and vocalized sounds that stimulate fluid movements in our tissues. We open our awareness to the sensations below our habitual level of attention – to life’s own fluid matrix – and enter a world of pure potential where new perspectives inform and enrich our personal lives and relationships, whether physical, psychological, artistic, or spiritual. Continuum is beneficial for people of all ages and physical abilities. Continuum supports and enhances any other practice people may enjoy, especially yoga and meditation.

    “Continuum is at the same time a philosophical, scientific, artistic, musical, poetic, and spiritual concept, a cosmology, and an advanced state of consciousness. When applied to our affairs, Continuum leads us naturally to a saner and happier world. In other words, Continuum as an experience is a direct involvement in the harmony and congruence of our inner and outer realities. It enables us to live the real lives of our bodies.” - James Oschman, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. Click here for more information or email Megan here: megan@somanautiko.com

  • Stretch and Flow (Kate): Welcome your Mondays with this noon class that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the week, or even just the rest of your day. This is a compact and thoughtfully structured session that incorporates gentle stretching followed by flow sequences, balancing, and core strengthening work, all combined in a way to enhance overall flexibility and strength, and to create a sense of space and ease. All levels are welcome.

  • Yoga for Healing (Bonnie): Any body in any condition at any age can use the tools of yoga for healing. This class is designed to increase strength, mobility, and flexibility using asana, breathing and meditation. Extensive use of props enables a full yoga practice. Yoga for Healing is especially helpful for anyone who is older, injured, inflexible, or recovering from illness. Beginners are welcome. Drop in anytime! For more information, contact: Bonnie, 413-768-9253 or bonniebloom1@gmail.com

  • Co-op Yoga: Underwritten by Franklin Community Co-op, these classes offer participants a chance to experience a variety of yoga styles and instructors at an affordable price. Drop in anytime! For more information, email info@community-yoga.com or call 413-774-4700, or contact Green Fields Market, 413-773-9567; email@greenfieldsmarket.coop . Cost: $1 for FCC members, $5 for the general public

 

Some Experience Recommended Classes: 

  • Power Flow Yoga (Lindel):  Challenge yourself to go with the flow as you increase strength, balance and flexibility! We’ll work on building core strength and enhancing endurance while having fun together in this 60-minute dynamic vinyasa class. If you have an established yoga practice and an understanding of vinyasa (flow) yoga, get ready to go beyond the usual Sun Salutation! Not recommended for absolute beginners.

  • Form & Flow Yoga (Nora):  This alignment-based yoga class is open to all levels but targets the serious student who wants to be challenged.  With an emphasis on sun salutations and flowing through a wide range of postures, students will leave class feeling balanced and ready for the day.  Students are welcomed and encouraged to modify postures to suit the body's needs. 

  • Hatha Yoga Lab (Molly):  In this mixed levels asana class, we'll explore the yoga practice using both clear physical alignment and synergy of breath with movement. In this way, creative flow sequences will utilize the intelligence of form to encourage safety and sustainable advancement of your practice. Molly offers options and alternatives to make the class accessible to all levels of students, emphasizing personal empowerment and choice. Expect a healthy dose of challenge, fun, and inner connection.

  • Evening Yoga (Nick):  Whether you are looking for an introduction to Yoga or seeking to re-establish a practice, this class is geared towards increasing flexibility, strength, balance, and ease in one's body, mind and spirit.

 

Solid Yoga Experience Recommended Classes:

  • Asana Lab Playshops (Molly):  This series of 3 hour asana-based workshops are an opportunity to deepen your practice, gain postural knowledge, and build community. They are meant for engaged yoga practitioners looking to expand their asana practice in a supportive group setting.  Come ready to work hard, build your endurance, have a ton of fun, and most importantly, engage at the level that's right for you. In this way you'll expand your capacity without injury or exhaustion. These workshops are designed for those with a solid understanding of yoga practice and a sincere desire to learn more, and are not meant for those working with major injuries.