Vinyasa Flow is a vigorous class designed for yogis who enjoy a strong practice and a combination of flowing sequences that marry movement and breath. Vinyasa’s strength is in its diversity, as every class and the sequences taught are different each time we meet and often relate to the energy of the group. You can always expect warming stretches, sun salutations, balance poses, inversions and standing sequences in this class. Be prepared to breathe, move, sweat, and to challenge your body and your mind! All classes end with a savasana, or relaxation time.
Core Vinyasa class incorporates all of the above with a strong emphasis on core strength and stability, so expect to practice abdominal, back, and deep core line exercises as warm ups and within sequences. All are welcome, but class is tailored for those with a strong asana practice. Katie is certified in this style by Sadie Nardini.
All Levels Flow is a Vinyasa class for the yogi who knows how to modify poses or to “amp” it up to suit his individual practice. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will enjoy creative flowing sequences to bring awareness to the breath, as well as longer holds to build heat and stamina in the body. Use of props is strongly encouraged to help you support your body and deepen your practice each time you come to the mat.
Slow Flow includes some Sun Salutations, but it is less vigorous and more about creating a strong foundation in the practice. In this class we spend more time breaking down postures, learning proper alignment, and developing strength and stamina–but all at a pace that suits most people, whether they are beginners or long-time practitioners. Slow does not mean “easy,” as we certainly do challenging poses and sun salutations in every class; but it does give participants a little more freedom to slow down, rest when appropriate, instruction on how to modify poses, and to practice in a way that honors the body. This class is great for strong beginners and intermediate students, for those who want to work on developing flexibility, balance, strength, and awareness, and for those who enjoy a flow class, but prefer a slower pace for movement and breathing.
YinYasa: This is a style Katie coined, incorporating a few long-held deep-stretch “Yin” poses during class to balance the strong “Yang” energy of a typical Vinyasa class. Most people won’t notice much of a difference between a “Vin” and “Yin”yasa class, but your body and mind will recognize the balancing effect of the poses that allow for deep tissue release or mind softening as you turn inward and just breathe…
Partner Yoga: A playful practice for friends and lovers who enjoy supporting each other in stretches, balances, and inversions. Expect an eclectic mix of hip openers, twists, supportive balances, and spontaneous fun! All levels welcome!
Meditation: This is an unguided time for sitting and breathing. Free to all attending class. Suggested $5 donation for those who would like to drop in to meditation time but not stay for asana class.
Tao Yin Yoga: Yin is the counterpart of Yang in the Taoist symbol for harmony. In this class we work to “unplug” from the striving world of phones, radio, driving, talking, texting, and exerting our vital energy in myriad ways; and instead we “plug IN” to the Self and the wellbeing of our physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. Many Yin classes focus just on the deep stretch aspects of the practice, but in Tao Yin, Katie brings to the practice a growing awareness of Chinese Element Theory, the Meridian system, the organs and glands of the body, and how Chi energy moves as we surrender to breath, gravity, and time in each of the poses we practice. If you feel rushed, out of balance, have too much on your plate, or simply need to stretch tight muscles, you deserve to slow down and treat yourself to Yin class. READ MORE in this article in the Examiner about Yin Yoga at Dragonfly: http://www.examiner.com/article/it-can-happen-without-you-releasing-into-yin-yoga-north-sandwich-nh
Restorative Yoga: Restorative yoga is great for every body. It can help those recovering from illness or trauma, support women in pre or post natal care, complement an active person’s workout practice, and simply “restore” one’s sense of Self, honor of the body, and desire to quietly rejuvenate the spirit. Using bolsters, pillows, blankets, and other props to support the body in a variety of passive poses, students remain in a given posture for 10-15 minutes, focusing only on the breath as they are eased into a state of relaxation. Peaceful music, poetry, and guided imagery help participants to release stress, tension, and “let go” of what does not serve the body and mind. This is the dessert class! Katie is a certified in Kripalu style Restorative Yoga.
Restorative Yoga & Reiki: The perfect pair! Take everything in the description above, and add Reiki… you’ll never want to leave the studio! Katie offers instruction in restorative yoga while our Reiki Masters offer Reiki healing to everyone who wants to receive it. Students are visited during each pose to aid in the movement of blocked energy and the intention to heal dis-ease in the body. Inspiring readings, intention setting, relaxing music, and candlelight create a profoundly beautiful opportunity to practice a very healing kind of yoga.
Tai Chi is a system of movements, focus, and breath that calms the mind, energizes the body and creates physical and mental wellness. It may be slow as in Qi Gung (standing in one position) or slow set ( a series of 108 movements), or it may be aerobic as in fast set. It may incorporate extensions of self as in weapons that include knife, sword, sticks, and fan. Tai chi is not goal oriented, and there is always one more time. The emphasis is on the present moment and the body’s capacity to transform to an expanded awareness and a strong, balanced, connected being.
Kids Yoga: A playful practice for younger yogis and yoginis who enjoy stretching, balancing, chanting, yoga games, and more! 4 week sessions at local elementary schools or for private groups available. After school sessions begin again in Fall of 2012. Call for private kids classes–great for a birthday party, family activity, or a rainy day!