Yoga for Chronic Pain Relief (*Starts 6/17, Sundays)-Mindful, trauma informed instruction that focuses on safe movement (mat or chair). Class encourages flexibility and mobility and is designed for a person with chronic pain. You should experience lessened stress, anxiety, and mood imbalance. Chronic pain is often an emotional and physical experience due to an overactive pain response that may be overly sensitive to triggers that activate pain. With this class, you can recreate your pain experience to feel more in control in both your mind and body to lessen your distress and possible dependency on pain medications. Please consult your physician before attending the class for any participation modifications. Instructor: Maria S. White
Good Morning, Yoga! (Mondays & Wednesdays)- Alignment-based yoga together with combination asanas. Morning meditation and breath help you greet the day. Students move in and out of poses, merging slowly and mindfully. Props may be used to fully extend into each posture. Instructor: Sandi Hartz
Chair and Standing Yoga (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)- A fun and nurturing yoga experience without the fear or discomfort of getting up and down off the floor. Modifications and professional instruction ensure that you will gain strength, flexibility, balance and a deeper connection within. Instructor: Emily Miller
Yoga for the Working People (*Starts 6/4, Mondays & Wendesdays)-This class is designed for stress release incorporating breath work, meditation, active asana and restorative poses. The class is appropriate for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Focus will be on basic alignment and asana using the breath. Join us and feel the stress melt away as you focus on being in the present moment... consciously breathing and moving! Instructor: Pam Hester
Tai Chi Chih (Mondays and Thursdays)- This beautifully modified version of Tai Chi Ch'uan, consists of 19 gentle, graceful movements that can be done by almost anyone. Tai Chi works with the building blocks of the universe--yin and yang, bringing balance to the chi or energy within us and our lives. Instructor: Beverly Ward
Nia (Mondays & Wednesdays)- Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind, emotions,and spirit - by engaging the senses and listening to the body. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts are non-impact, practiced barefoot, and are easily adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Specialty Class. Instructor: Annie Sparks Poteat
Beginner I Yoga (Tuesdays) – Using the Integral Yoga system this class is geared toward those new to yoga. We will be perfecting the poses with hands on assistance and modifications where needed, becoming more familiar with the breathing techniques and including deep relaxation and meditation. It is the perfect starting place to spring into other gentle classes offered at the Shift Studio. Instructor: Kathleen Sweeney
Therapeutic Yoga (Tuesdays) Slow, gentle, mindful movement that relieves tension, encourages healing, improves balance and flexibility, and brings a sense of inner calm and clarity. Learn to use specific yoga practices to address mental health and physical health issues. Beginner-friendly and suitable for all levels of experience. Instructor: Jenne Sluder
Yoga Flow + Core (Tuesdays)-An energetic Ashtanga-inspired flow set at a mindful pace with an emphasis on healthy alignment and use of breath to nourish vitality. Accessible to seasoned beginners and intermediate/advanced students. Instructor: Jenne Sluder
ELDOA (*Begins 5/29, Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks) Do you suffer from upper and/or lower back pain? Hip Pain? Neck Pain? Do you want to AVOID PAIN and ENHANCE OVERALL HEALTH? Come DECOMPRESS, LENGTHEN, and STRENGTHEN with the ELDOA spinal decompression stretches!! This unique myofascial stretching technique is NOT Yoga, and NOT Pilates! Instructor: Jennifer Armstrong, PT
Gentle Yoga (Wednesdays and Fridays)-This well-balanced flow is a magical and inspiring blend of traditional postures, energetic therapy, and rehabilitative education. Transitions are smooth and clearly described for any new students. Regular practice will tone every system of the body and leave you feeling more connected to yourself, your purpose and the world. Every class is unique! Participants must be able to get up and down off the floor independently. Please come early to discuss any limitations. Instructor: Emily Miller
B.O.D.Y. Mapping (will return after Emily's maternity leave, Thursdays)- B.O.D.Y. stands for Branches Of the Divine You, and it specifically correlates to the nerve plexus of our chakra system. The chakras work independently and together to create a whole psycho-energetic system that systematically stores emotions and thoughts in the body. This class focuses on somatic therapy movements paired with breath, mantras, and self-loving guidance to open and tone each of the chakras, to offer you a more balanced and aware presence with yourSelf. This class will be hold the same basic structure each week so you can see how you feel in each of the movements as you heal and evolve. All levels are welcome! Instructor: Emily Miller
The Beauty of Imperfection (Thursdays for 7 weeks)- In this introductory series, you will learn some new yoga poses, breathing exercises, and mantras to deepen your meditation. No matter your body size, how stiff or flexible you are, your strength, or your mobility, you are beautiful and you can practice Kundalini Yoga. Even if your body cannot do a particular pose or you sit in a chair, imagining the pose will benefit you. Each week will have a special theme that will highlight the beauty of your body and spirit. Instructor: Daya Narayan Betsy Perry
Yin Yoga (Fridays)- Learn to be still with Yin Yoga. A slow-paced style of yoga with asanas, or static stretches that are held for longer periods of time. The passive floor poses increase mobility of the joints, hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine. By releasing the fascia in the body through static stretches, the body can restore and reformulate the ways our joints and tissues connect to one another. Therefore, Yin Yoga increases flexibility and provides better circulation throughout the physical structure. Come and cultivate a quiet mind and outer calm with Yin Yoga. Instructor: Marian Soss
Yoga & Core (*Starts 5/26, Saturdays) Kick off your weekend with a flow-style yoga class with plenty of deep core work designed to create strength from the inside out. Expect a mix of intelligently-sequenced standing and seated flows, plus strengthening poses for the belly, butt, back and hips. Instructor: Stepfanie Romine
Yoga Nidra Workshop (every last Sunday of each month)- Gentle stretching, self-massage with essential oils, and a restorative yoga session set to soothing live music, culminate in a Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra guides you to the twilight place between awake and asleep where ultimate relaxation resides, with an invitation to connect more deeply to life. Clinical research highlights the effectiveness of Yoga Nidra for increasing vitality, improving sleep, managing chronic illness, and relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. Instructor: Jenne Sluder, $20
WEEKLY BONUS: Yoga Lab with Steve (Mon-Fri, Donation-Based)-Although Steve is not a certified yoga teacher, he studied and did yoga 6 days a week for 10 years with Fred Brown. Steve has been a Chiropractor since 1981. He raised 4 sons here in Hendersonville. Steve is man of many talents, including woodworking and soccer. He loves life! Join Steve for an early morning meditation and yoga practice designed for curiosity, personal practice, and basic learning. Steve Westin
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LAURA MIKLOWITZ
“If you expect the worst, you’ll never be disappointed. Believe in magic instead.”
Advice: Be present. Be authentic. Be kind.
Laura's favorite classes include "Good Morning, Yoga!" with Sandi Hartz, Therapeutic Yoga with Jenne Sluder, and Emily's classes. Laura's favorite color is purple.
Read her full story here in our May Museletter.