Generally, all classes are going to give you the experience of your body/mind's current level of balance, strength, and flexibility.
When you are unfamiliar with the workings of the individual body parts, you will be challenged to address muscle and joint stiffness, poor posture and shallow breathing.
Classes at the Very Near Yoga Studio will teach you about the body's anatomy...YOUR BODY's unique anatomy. We start with FEET... The 8-week series, will progress to develop a thorough knowledge of how the lower limbs work in the HIPS/LOWER BACK. Later the UPPER BACK/SHOULDERS/NECK are addressed so that your anatomy is improving both through experience and practice of yoga. Your breathing receives the advantage of all the above and you begin to have more energy in general because the body and brain are getting more oxygen.
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO LEARNING YOGA
You may want to do CHAIR YOGA with us at the Very Near Yoga Studio class on Thursday mornings @ 11:30 am. It is a good place to begin with others in the 55 years plus age range. You must register in advance, the class is now forming for Winter/Spring 2020.
You do not have to be a senior to attend the 11:30 am class. You may be simply a person with special needs.
Learn the Fundamentals by attending, if your schedule permits:
VNY Studio class on Monday @ 5:30 pm or Tuesday/Thursday @ 9:30 am
You are welcome to come to our classes as a raw beginner or an experienced practitioner. Please let the teacher know your what exposure to other yoga classes you have had and, IMPORTANTLY, whether you have physical limitations based on previous injuries, surgeries AND ANY and ALL CONSIDERATIONS. Our classes are slower and afford each individual student the time to understand proper adjustments to improve alignment and postural integrity.
If you are a student of another yogic discipline you need these classes to help understand your body's anatomical misalignments and weaknesses. Classes at all levels of proficiency are constantly reaffirming the power of proper alignment and refining their understanding of the individual yoga postures.
Note: Newcomers can join at ANY TIME. Preferably, begin a series of classes with each 2 month period, i.e. Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun.
If you are uncertain about joining a class, it is useful to book a one-hour private lesson
($ 70 /hour) that will give you the fundamental understanding of what condition your body is in and how yoga postures and breathing will help. If you want to bring in 2 or 3 students for a group private lesson, your cost is $90 for 90 minutes. By arrangement with the teacher, the venue can be other than at the Very Near Yoga Studio.
PRIVATE GROUP INSTRUCTION
You may want to arrange to have a series of on-site classes at your workplace or elsewhere. Please inquire.
Arrive on time or earlier. If you do arrive late, please take your mat as quickly as possible to the floor and catch up with where the class is at. No gum chewing! You CAN make SMART comments! AVOID making small talk with your neighbor. LET US ALL hear what you're saying.
The temperature of the Studio is NOT overheated, therefore hydration is taken care of before and after the class ... when special circumstances are at issue, please talk to the instructor.
Noting that your body's shape will allow you to understand how the postures look when alignment is correct, we ask that you wear form-fitting clothing that will not hang away from the body. If you choose leggings (ankle-length, or what is called "bicycle" shorts or any length in between), there should be relatively no "flare" to the bottom. Your top should hug the shoulders and fit snugly around the hips/waist.
Having undigested food in the stomach does not allow you to move with ease. However, you need the energy to work through the class without being distracted by hunger. Depending on the time of day of your class, make sure that you have enough energy from your last meal or snack.
TELL THE TEACHER
When registering prior to class participation, it is important to inform the teacher in advance of any physical disabilities that may impact your ability to undertake this yoga practice. The studio is wheelchair accessible.
When coming into class or during class, TELL THE TEACHER IMMEDIATELY if you are experiencing:
Sore Neck/Shoulder/Wrist, etc.
Dizziness/Nausea/Shortness of Breath
Aftermath of: Surgery or Accident: Minor or Major
Any condition that requires a physician's care
Take time to consider that YOGA is both FUN and SERIOUS. Your challenge is to meet your SELF, warts and all, and believe that there is more you can do to improve your health now and for the future. The human mind loves to learn! The body is its own pharmacy...let the therapeutic benefits of yoga become your best medicine and your own mind become the best physician you could possibly consult.
Practice makes perfect in the moment...that's all you have to do, but you must do practice regularly!