"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.
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 .
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.
CHANT ON THE MAT
Clear . Calm . Energy
1 hour class : first half hour is vinyasa practice -- second half hour, sutras and other very short chants, combined with vinyasa. Chanting has many of the benefits of yoga postures: clarity, calm, confidence and greater energy. This class invites the timeless wisdom of ancient visionaries into your heart and body; integrating the effects of chant with asana/posture practice. We also take time with chants themselves, to feel the power of sound healing. Chanting also offers you the chance to learn Sanskrit pronunciation in a warm, accepting class setting. Drop-ins welcome
Vitality . Transformation
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.
Healthy . Fun . Uplifting
Welcoming all kids, ages 5-10, to enjoy yoga! Yoga is an ideal method for teaching children life skills like stress management, self-regulation and confidence. It is a system of mind-body practices for mental, physical and emotional health. Each class includes breathing exercises, yoga postures, mindfulness exercises and guided relaxation; combined with art, song, stories and games. Research shows children’s yoga has a variety of concrete benefits including: increased general optimism and decreased emotional reactivity, increased focus and concentration, enhanced peer-to-peer relationships, improved sleep, reduced stress, and increased flexibility and core strength. This class is a chance for children to stretch and strengthen their bodies, relax their minds and have fun!