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.
• The studio is non-denominational but also all-accepting. We incorporate yoga philosophy but we do not incorporate any type of religious philosophy.
• 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 through the organs and glands 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! There’s no pressure to “achieve” in our studio, but simply to practice breathing and trying to remain present.
• 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 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.
All classes welcome all levels although the gentle classes are better suited for some individuals.
We try to encourage “do what you can” rather than “do what we say.” Let your inner guide be your Guru!
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.
Think of Gentle Yoga, but with lots of props and most of the postures practiced on the floor. Delicious treat for your precious being!
This basic class follows a 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 rejuvenated AND relaxed when you leave.
Hatha Flow Yoga
This class is a beautiful marriage between flowing movement and making space to pause. Sometimes there’s more flow; sometimes there’s more space! It can be energetic or not. Depends on the energy of all those present and what Carmen has planned…. It’s a treat. Come and experience this journey if you haven’t already!
Mobility&Stability With Yoga
In this slow-paced, mobility-inspired postural yoga class, Andrea incorporates current movement science to develop strength, flexibility and body awareness. Attend this mini-workshop class to engage the body’s natural adaptive response to varying and novel demands to not only build resilience but to exercise your brain with movement! Along with that day’s class theme (“shoulders” for instance), she generally includes a focus on foot health, self-massage with Yoga Tune-Up therapy balls, and some new balance or cross-body work (like “cat balance” pose) to light up both sides of your brain!
Please join us in welcoming the group that formerly studied under Jim C.! He’s moving so two women from his group (Lori & Kamilah) are presenting a weekly practice at Body Balance. This is a little bit different than the format of the Roseburg Zen group as it will not be a traditional koan study group. You will start with a 20-minute mindfulness meditation (bring whatever practice you currently use or follow the instructions that will be given at the beginning of the meeting). Meditation will be followed by brief chanting (optional), and then a dharma reading and discussion. Feel free to attend part or all. Donations are welcome but not expected. (Let your wallet & your conscience guide you!)
Various workshops and special events as available. Below is a sampling.
This early morning class (6am) is offered by Carolyn who has a deep affinity for meditation–her yoga foundation. Her classes are 90 minutes of which the first 15 minutes is a seated meditation. Carolyn feels that this quiet time provides a springboard for mindfulness throughout not only the class, but also a focus that students can take with her/him when they go out into their lives off the mat! The meditation is recommended but not required which means that a student may come and join the class after the meditation or come for the meditation and leave before the asana practice begins.
Yoga for a Healthy Back Workshop 6-week seriesSeries; Next session coming soon. Fee of $65.
Andrea Campos Smith is offering this 6-week exploration/workshop. She will guide you in the practice of asanas (poses) to strengthen abdominal muscles and stretch tight hamstrings and hip flexors. She will also show you how to release muscle tension that may contribute to or lead to back pain. And lastly, you will learn to gently explore posture and movement habits that affect the function of your spine. Her first series has ended but she is planning to begin again with series I for new students and to offer series II for continuing students.
Free Yoga at Stewart Park (This is offered in the summer)
Free Yoga at Stewart Park is sponsored by Roseburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been offered since 2012.Since its inception, Body Balance has been the partner that P&R has worked with. This year we are happy to share that Summer is going to run/coordinate the free yoga in the park program.
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.
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.
Guided Meditation (was on hiatus; see announcement above)
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.