Using the principles of traction coupled with relaxation, specialized props which facilitate realignment and energy flow, our 90 minute classes teach each student how to improve flexibility and strength.
can be booked
|Wednesday|| 5:30 pm|
Very Near Yoga Studio
(call for registration)
| 4:30 pm|
|Saturday||8 - 10 a.m.|
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Very Near Yoga Studio
*Note - please call in advance
before attending Saturday classes.
Very Near Yoga Studio
Gilpin Place Apartment Bldg.
1301 Gilpin Avenue, Ground Floor
Corner of Gilpin & Franklin
Class cost: Based on $22 per class; the senior discount applies to able-bodied students.
* Newark Parks & Rec Adult Fitness
This class runs during the school year only.
George Wilson Center
220 New London Rd.
Note: Preregister @ (302) 366-7000 ext 9416
To give you a better idea of how different our classes are from the norm, look at the above image showing Chair Yoga with props.
We are celebrating our 20th year of continuous operations! Thank you to all of our students who have passed through our studio and those who have been with us throughout!
Regularly scheduled classes for 2018 are now posted. The Fall Series 2018 begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day. We will continue our regularly class schedule through mid-December. The Winter/Spring schedule commences the second week in January 2019.
Enrichment of my teaching and personal practice has been deepened in 2017/2018. Many thanks to Practice Yoga Studio in Philadelphia and Simply Yoga in Princeton, NJ for hosting their workshops.
Yoga takes the individual student step-by-step to under-STAND the technique of coming alive to one's own balance, strength and flexibility.
Life is rushed and some yoga classes are taught in a fast-paced, rushed manner that does not contribute to learning on a deep level. Yoga is slow, steady learning process thats extends your brain from the bottom of your foot to the top of your head. This takes time!
The use of props, for instance, including blocks and belts to help you stretch when you "just can't reach that far"; bolsters and blankets used to gradually open the back and hips that have become "too stiff to bend that way"; chair, walls and floor to assist the spine in extension eventually will allow all of you who are new to yoga to use it as "the golden key which unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy".
At the Very Near Yoga Studio, your experience will be as though you were attending a mini-workshop.
Our classes offer great solutions for the problems of aging and the stress of modern life. Using the principles of traction coupled with relaxation and deep breathing, using specialized props which facilitate realignment and energy flow, our 90 minute classes present the student with the techniques to carry on the process at home.
As the above illustration shows, the muscle groups of the rib cage, lower back, glutes and hamstrings are all connected, but separate. Upper torso flexibility is an important component of oxygenating the heart and lung functions. Integrating the systems of heart and lung function with lower body mobility, we will get you out of your rocking chair!
I started learning Hatha Yoga at a time when I thought I was getting older and wanted to stay young: I was only 30 years old. That Christmas Day 1976 B.K.S. Iyengar delivered an address to the International Yoga Teachers Association meeting in India. Now, my truly older self is much stronger, flexible, balanced. With yoga as our "teacher", I want to help other older adults to find better health than they ever expected to have … I have!
Overall, I have come to see how our physical characteristics and shapes mirror what goes on mentally and emotionally, as well as in/on the body. Whether we know it or not, the habits of a lifetime are still with us. Just as we learned to walk, or toddle, learning to balance in defiance of gravity at age one or two years old, watching our parents and others & imitating their stance and gait, this is still going on. When I was very young, say around 7, my father recognized in me a rhythmic ability & from that age & for about the next 7 years, I took dance instruction in all its forms. I loved it, although I was very shy and did not like "performing" as we did every year giving a dance recital for our parents. What I did not understand at the time, however, that I eventually did develop because of the practice of yoga, was good posture and the missing self confidence that made my shyness show on the outside. It was my dance teacher in San Mateo, California that first introduced to our acrobatics class the wonder of yoga stretching... I was only 11 years old and I still relish the memory of that first feeling of what yoga can be.
When I turned 30 years of age, looking for a way to stay youthful, my friend from age 9, Gina & I began a search for some form of exercise that we liked enough to stick with. My dance training as a kid did not have much kick left in it, so after we'd taken a number of classes in modern dance, ballet, folk dancing, etc., we stumbled upon a yoga class with a young man who had just returned from an extended stay in India. He & many others from the West Coast had discovered the genius of B.K.S. Iyengar who was revolutionizing the practice of Hatha Yoga from the university town of Pune. Bill M, our teacher, was a carpenter by trade & was making some of the wooden props that are used in Iyengar-style yoga and he & others in San Francisco like Judith Lasater, Manuso Manos and Richard Rosen were beginning to publish the YOGA JOURNAL under the auspices of the CYTA (California Yoga Teachers Association). That would have been around 1976 or so and I had just begun a business career after having graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in French, wanting to go into international business. I remember how my yoga teacher, Bill M, had spoken of his disenchantment with the politics of the yoga community & the business of yoga, but never did I imagine that after 20 years of my own successful business career that I would drop out of that stream and enter into teaching yoga as a means of making a living and serving as a restorative to my soul.