"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 . Ease
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. This holistic approach brings strength, balance and ease to all aspects of our being.
Ancient philosophical teachings are also woven into the mix, with a different focus each month (Focus 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.
Mindful .Spacious .Expansion
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 and the freedom to really feel your breath, practice mindfulness and be with your experience in each posture.
YOGA + MEDITATION
A mindful slow pace, even a little slower than our Gentle class, with a few minutes of meditation at the beginning and end.
Focus . Concentration . Space
These 45 minute sessions are a great foundation for starting or supporting your own meditation practice. Demystify your idea of meditation with this simple approach and experience the benefits of slowing down your thoughts. The amount of time we spend in meditation will vary depending on the group. Usually we sit for 30 minutes.
Class may also include readings from Yoga masters, as well as time for questions and discussion. Some attention is also given to meditation position (on the floor, in a chair, or sometimes even laying down), to be sure everyone is steady and comfortable.
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Stillness . Strength . Clarity
These 15 minute free meditations are offered after many of our ongoing yoga classes. We want to make meditation accessible, allow you to dip your toe in and give it a try, and support your ongoing practice.
Just 12 minutes of meditation a day, on a regular basis, has significant benefits for your mental and physical well being. So these short blocks of time on a consistent basis can be strong. We offer the session frequently because consistency is key to realizing the benefits.
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!