WEEKLY CLASS OFFERINGS FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
The weekly class options include 3 types of embodiment practices. All classes have a VIRTUAL option which may be live stream or pre-recorded. Some classes will also be offered as OM In The Oaks IN PERSON classes, and may be added to the schedule last minute “pop up” style a few days ahead of time, weather permitting. If you would like to practice in person, please check the weekly schedule so we can see and be together!
Registration & Cancellation Policy for In Person Classes: If you sign up for an in person class and cannot attend, please remove yourself from the roster more than 12 hours in advance or you will be charged for the class. In person classes that do not meet the minimum attendance 12 hours before class will be cancelled and registered students will be notified.
Read the class descriptions below and give yourself what you need:
Slow Flow Yoga
Thursdays 5:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am
Level: basic, moderate, with a focus on strength and mobility
Take the time to explore the best alignment for your body in this simplified slow vinyasa style. This class is for anyone who wants to be challenged physically while moving at a slow pace. We take time to break down postures and learn to use props to provide a safe, stable method to engage muscles, build stamina and stretch deeply. Students of all levels learn alignment principles in basic poses and how to link movement to the breath. Explore simple flow patterns to increase flexibility, maintain joint function and build heat; hold poses to improve balance and mental focus and strengthen the legs, arms, upper body, and core muscles. Modifications are offered for more comfort and stillness; and options are given for more flow and challenge.
Recommended Props: 2 blocks and a strap available and any other cushy props you enjoy for the savasana relaxation pose.
Fridays 10:30 am
Level: therapeutic, gentle
Want to increase your body awareness and age gracefully? This accessible class teaches a therapeutic form of movement for everyone! It is recommended to anyone who experiences persistent pain, illness, fatigue or limited mobility. The majority of the class is done seated or lying down and can be done on the floor, in bed or in a chair. Somatic yoga combines smooth breath with slow, small motions to safely release old patterns and hidden tension. The awareness is on the internal experience and re-educating muscles toward fluid body movement. There is also emphasis placed on the energetic effects of the practice and working with prana (life-force in the subtle body).
Somatic yoga can improve posture, increase range of motion, reduce pain, and bring you an insightful new appreciation for your body-brain connection.
Recommended Props: strap, blanket, 2 blocks, pillow, and slo-mo ball.
Somatic Yin Fusion ***NEW!
Wednesdays 10:30 am
Level: therapeutic, meditative, restorative
This class will blend the embodied practices of somatic movement with yin yoga. Before settling into the quiet, restful space of a yin posture, you will be guided through a gentle breath centered somatic movement pattern to familiarize yourself with the area of focus of each yin posture. Somatic exploration is likened to a moving meditation. It can increase range of motion, benefit respiration, reeducate muscle movement patterns in the nervous system, and encourage you to experience the body from within. Yin postures target the spine, hips, pelvis, legs and arms in a way that relaxes the muscles; compressing and stretching the deep tissue of the body. A limited number of poses are held for 2-6 minutes. Both somatics and yin also work with the vital life force in the pranic body to release energy to the joints. You may discover a window into the interchangeability of awareness, energy and matter.
Class is done on the floor, seated or lying down making it suitable for ALL levels. Fully supporting the body produces steadiness and encourages relaxation. It can help to reduce tension and fatigue and bring a sense of freedom to the body and mind.
Recommended Props: several bed or couch pillows (or bolsters if you have them), 2 yoga blocks, a strap with closure, and 1 or 2 blankets of different thickness.
Props may be used to encourage more comfort and nourish the body and mind.