Classes are grouped into 3 categories to simplify. See the detailed class descriptions below.
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
- Grow with the Flow
- Gentle Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Alexander Technique
- Continuum Somanautiko
- Yoga Foundations and Beyond
- Morning Yoga with Lindel Hart resumes in September 2018
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.
- Vinyasa Flow Yoga
- Form & Flow Yoga
- Hatha Yoga Lab
- Evening Yoga with Nick
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.
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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 email@example.com or (847) 502 6204. This class is free and open to all; donations appreciated but not required.
Yoga Foundations and Beyond (Jocelyn and Taylor): Designed for beginner students and for those students who are looking to solidify their yoga practice, this class will have a slower pacing with clear explanations of all yoga poses (asana) in plain terms. Teachers will gradually introduce breath work (pranayama) and yoga philosophy to complement your growing knowledge of yoga. Focused on building a strong foundation, this class will prepare you for future faster-paced yoga classes.
Grow with the Flow (Kate): This is a class appropriate for those new to yoga and anyone looking to grow their practice from a foundational level. Emphasis is on honoring your own starting place, celebrating what our bodies can do - and growing from there. This class is open to students of all levels, including those new to or perhaps returning to the mat. Instruction will cover basic alignment principles, techniques for breathing and relaxation, fundamental yoga poses, and guidance for preventing and healing from injury. Come to learn, explore, play and transform in a gentle, supportive environment.
Gentle Yoga : (Emma) This 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.
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.
This is an 11-week block of classes, and Lindel encourages you to sign up for the class and commit to the entire 11 weeks to ensure there are enough participants to sustain it long-term. His goal is to have a core group of 10 (or more!) yogis committed to this weekly class to keep it vibrant and viable! Think of it like a college course -- you pay for the class and attend as many sessions as you can, knowing that you might miss one or two, but your commitment to the class ensures that the class exists. The 11-week session costs $165 per participant, payable in advance. The easiest way to secure your spot in the class is to book now by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please call Lindel (413.768.9291) or email him to make arrangements. With the core group established, the class will also be available for drop-ins, but consider committing to the entire 11 weeks to keep the class running and to support your practice. The drop-in rate will be $15. CLASS IS CANCELLED FOR JULY/AUGUST AND RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER 2018
For those of you who already have class cards at Community Yoga, you can now use your class cards to pay for this class!
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.
Some Experience Recommended Classes:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga (Lindel): A flow class to move tension, provide grounding, and turn inward. Clear alignment cues, hands-on adjustments, and relevant philosophical themes bring students deeper in a safe and mindful way. Modifications and variations are offered to tailor the practice to different levels.
Form & Flow Yoga (Sharón and 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. Learn more and sign up here.