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Summer 2021

the studio is closed for now

due to Covid-19

"Wash your hands like you just ate crawfish and need to take out your contact lenses.", sage advice, Hope to see all again soon. 

           2021 Spring- Yoga Bywater - Check back as our situation changes.








Class Descriptions:

Yoga Intensives - These 5-20 day intensives are intended to help the yoga student develop a daily practice. The intensive begins with developing strength and balance in the standing poses, gentle chest opening in beginning backbends and leading up to beginning inversions, including shoulder balance, head stand, and full arm balance. Unless specified beginners are welcome to attend. This is a great way to experience yoga as it is intended to be practiced,

DAILY. Classses are 2 hours (7:30-9:30am). Registration of full 5-20 classes recommended. It is best to attend all classes consecutively as classes develop sequentially. Intensives are held at least once a month. Check top of the schedule for next intensive or ask to be added to [email protected] list to be notified of upcoming studio events. 

Alignment/ Yoga Level 1 -In this class we will work on foundational poses. Standing poses, seated poses, beginning backbends, twists and forward bends. This class is for the beginning student. This class will introduce poses that develop strength, flexibility and stamina. This class is intended to introduce the basics of sequencing and principles of alignment. 

Yoga - all levels

In this class we work on foundational poses, safe for all levels of practitioners. Alternate poses are available for the beginner student. Student is expected to make appropriate decision. In this class we explore the poses that develop the inversions and more advanced poses. We continue to work on standing poses fundamental to developing strength and stamina. 

aAlignment basics - all levels

In these classes we work on developing strength, stamina and flexibility. These classes are slower in pace and great for beginners or those looking to refine their understanding of poses. Poses are done often with props, such as blocks, blankets, ropes, and chairs. These props help to access new areas of the body and/ or allow us to hold poses longer than we normally could. This has the function of increasing the beneficial nature of the postures, allowing to postures to penetrate deeper inside. GREAT FOR BEGINNERS OR THOSE NEWER TO YOGA OR LOOKING FOR A SLOWER PACE. Not a flow class

Open practice - Studio is open to students with an ongoing yoga practice. This is for students who do not require instruction and know how to practice safely. This is a time to practice what you have learned or understood from your teacher. This is not a led practice, there is no given sequence or instruction. Please be responsible with yourself, practice safely and with respect to those around you. If you have an appropriate question it is fine to ask an experienced student or teacher, but try and find out for yourself if you can first answer the question. Ideally for ongoing students of Yoga Bywater. $5

Pilates Mat with Lori - all levels - With deep reverence for the original mat exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, this class will prioritize movement principles such as efficiency, precision, breath, concentration, center, and flow. 

Pilates Mat classes begin by observing relative alignment of the spine and pelvis, learning how to create spinal stability and how to create spinal mobility. We learn optimal ways to breathe so that our core muscles are available both by voluntary contraction and by natural reflex. We progress to movements that integrate our limbs into our trunk and develop an understanding of how movements of the spine relate to movements of the entire body. Exercises are performed lying on one’s back, side, or stomach, from seated, kneeling and standing positions. Be prepared to move your spine in all directions: forward, back and side bending, rotation, and combinations of each. By practicing Pilates regularly, we hope to optimize the connection between mind and body in order to facilitate ease, economy, and efficiency in ordinary and extraordinary movements.

FREE Community Yoga Wednesday 4:30-5:30 all levels welcome, this will have a rotating cast of teachers who are currently in a Teacher Training program and will be ongoing. All welcome. 

Led Practice with Lisa G. (60 mins)

This class is for people who practice yoga or attend class regularly, are familiar with the basic postures and are comfortable following the teacher in a set sequence with verbal cues and a breath count. 

*Please come to class at least 5 minutes before classes begin. Please come with an empty stomach. Please bring your own mat. All other equipment is provided. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bare feet.

II. 46 Sthira sukham asanam

Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit

B.K.S. Iyengar