Class Descriptions

What should you expect?

• We usually begin with a centering practice (sitting or lying down). We then warm up, practice asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath work), cool down, and end with shavasana (final relaxation).

• Sometimes we have an opening and/or closing chant (such as “Om”) and sometimes we don’t.

• We incorporate yoga philosophy but we do not incorporate any type of religious philosophy. (Yoga is a non-denominational practice.)

• Classes can range in size between 2 and 20 people but we always have space for everyone.

• We practice barefoot on yoga (sticky) mats. If you don’t own one we have loaner mats you can use and clean afterwards. Exercise mats are not a suitable substitute for a yoga mat.

• Yoga postures release toxins in the body so drink water after class. You already drink lots of water? Drink more!

• All of us teaching at Body Balance are well-trained and we are adept at offering variations for poses and helping you find your potential. If you respect yourself, your limitations, and your inner guide, you should never injure yourself. Remember, your practice begins right where you are!

General Suggestions:

• For your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a brief release form.

• Avoid eating or drinking for 1–2 hours before class.

• Wear loose, comfortable, layered clothing.

• It is extremely important that the instructor knows of any injuries or issues you may be experiencing.

• First class wasn’t what you expected? Give it a few tries before judging.

Please do not wear scented products to class as many people are sensitive.

 

Class Styles:

Gentle Yoga

This class focuses on modified and restorative poses, breath work, and relaxation techniques. Students learn how to draw attention inward to the breath and to the body. This is a great place to start if you are new to yoga, have been inactive for some time, or just want a gentle way to increase your flexibility, strength, and balance.

 

Restorative Yoga

Think of Gentle Yoga, but with lots of props and most of the postures practiced on the floor. Delicious treat for your precious being!

 

All-levels Yoga

This class follows a Hatha Yoga-style tradition that is more than 5,000 years old. This is the most common and approachable style of yoga in the west. A regular practice of classical yoga poses with awareness and breath work increases energy, strength, flexibility, and balance. Each class is varied and we strive to customize the classes to what the attending students are in need of improving or addressing. These classes balance all the categories of asanas (poses): standing, balancing, abdominal strengthening, forward and backward bends, twists, inversions, and include a period of final relaxation. Sometimes you will sweat and sometimes you won’t–but you will feel rejuvinated AND relaxed at the end of the class.

 

Community Classes

This approach is a donation-based class. This does not mean that the class is free, but rather that you pay what you can.

– Fridays: Hatha Happy Hour

This donation-based class is an alignment-focused class for all levels of practice, with an energizing and active sequence of backbends and hip openers.

– Sunday: Move Into Stillness

Also a donation-based class, this is a relaxing and restorative class, reducing tension in the body and mind.

Guided Meditation

This session offers us an opportunity to explore different types of meditation. We sometimes begin with a simple pranayama practice (breathing practice), or some simple asana (posture) stretches. The meditation leader introduces a theme or a focus as needed and then we sit in silence for 20-25 minutes. It is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. If you would enjoy leading a session and sharing your technique please contact us.

 

Yoga Basics (on hiatus)

This class focuses on going deeper into the fundamentals and details of asanas(postures) and pranayama (breathing practice). It begins with time spent on breathing and centering practices and will be followed by a specific focus. Some examples of the class themes may include the action of the body (i.e. internally rotating the hips or shoulders) or specific asana groups (i.e. back bends or hip openers). This class is ideal for beginning students who are just finding their way as well as experienced students who want to refine and deepen their practice.

 

Free Yoga at Stewart Park (hope to return for the 2017 season)

Free Yoga at Stewart Park is sponsored by Body Balance and Roseburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been offered since 2012. Bring a yoga mat or a picnic blanket. Some shade is available but wear your sunscreen. It is taught by a variety of instructors, so expect a variety of styles. Suitable for all levels. Cancelled if raining. PLEASE arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled. Thank you.