"A Yoga class at Mudita is not just a stretching and exercise class - though it certainly can be! - but a holistic practice of movement, breath, and conscious awakening that ripples out into all the ways I interact with my body, my mind, my family, my community." - Karen
Balance . Strength . Breath
The key elements of an open class are yoga postures, mindfulness practices and breathing exercises. Attention is given to physical as well as mental practices.
Philosophical teachings are also woven into the mix, with a different focus each month (Experiment of the Month). This combination of movement, mindfulness and self-inquiry gives yoga postures meaning, context and value beyond exercise, offering you an invigorating, complete, and rich mind-body experience.
Mindfulness . Space . Ease
The essence of our Gentle class is the same as Open Yoga. The pace is slower, the emphasis on the breath is stronger and there may or may not be sun salutations. This slow pace gives you the space to feel your breath and be with your experience in each posture.
GENTLE YOGA + MEDITATION
A mindful slow pace, a little slower than our Gentle class, with a few minutes of meditation at the beginning and end.
Focus . Stillness . Clarity
We offer free 15 and 30 minute meditation sessions throughout the week. The 15 minute meditations happen after many of our ongoing yoga classes (check the schedule here). They allow you to dip your toe in and give it a try.
The 30 minute sessions are on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These sessions may include readings from Yoga masters to inspire, and time for questions and discussion.
Just 12 minutes of meditation a day, on a regular basis, has significant benefits for your mental and physical well being. So these small blocks of time on a consistent basis can have a big impact. (see below for info on meditation group)
Foundation. Strength . Care
What is the core?
Is it the energetic middle of us? Is it our emotional center? Is it our physical foundation or base of operations? Yes!
The core of our body-mind is a link, a multitude of function, and a rich site of information. It needs conditioning and care. In this class we will work with the anatomical, energetic, and visceral core. We will condition core structures for processing information about our inner and outer environments, suppleness to allow for movement and breath, and strength to help us live our lives with vitality. Harness the power and intelligence of your core to support your yoga, mindfulness, and self care practices.
Simple . Quiet . Nurturing
Simple held postures to stretch connective tissue and strengthen the body’s foundation. The longer holds allow you to open up areas of the body that are hard to access in a more active flowing practice: ligaments, joints, bones, and the fascia networks. Slowing down and getting into all of these infrequently attended to parts of the body. The stillness is also an opportunity to practice mindfulness, turning the physical practice into a meditation.
Peaceful . Gentle . Curious
An open meditation class based on the practice of Shamatha - a form of meditation common to many Buddhist traditions. Shamatha in Sanskrit means the development of peacefulness and in meditation it means facing one’s mind directly with a gentle and curious approach. Our practice is informed by Shambhala Buddhist teachings in which all the meditation leaders are trained and authorized. The class meets for 90 minutes offering the practices of sitting and walking meditation, group and individual meditation instruction. Suggested $5 donation.
Pure . Authentic . Effective
Kundalini yoga is a technology that directs energy by using mantra (sound current), breath work, kriyas (sets of postures), meditations, and gong sound healing. It alters the functioning of the brain and body into a positive, vital direction.
ALIGN + FLOW
Mindful . Balanced . Strong
Align + Flow is an Anusara Elements class. Classes focus on alignment as a way of bringing us into our bodies and into the present moment. We take time in each pose to integrate principles of alignment and connect with our breath. Poses flow from one to the next easfully keeping us safe and present, while holding poses longer helps build strength and balance. In addition to flowing asana, classes often incorporate breath work and meditation. Align + Flow classes are designed for students of all levels. Special care is given to beginners and optional expressions of poses are offered for more experienced students. All are encouraged to check in with their own innate wisdom and listen to what their body is telling them in each moment.