Thinking of trying yoga? Our mission here at Balance Yoga and Healing Center is to create a safe, warm and down-to-earth environment that is inviting to everyone who feels ready to start a yoga practice. Please know that physical flexibility IS NOT a requirement for yoga. We only ask that you come with an open mind. Those brand new to yoga, as well as long-time practicing yogi’s alike, should know that our staff strives to meet you where you are and accommodate all levels of practitioners. We will be able to give proper modifications where needed, as well as the ability to challenge those with more experience.
However, there are a good number of classes that are most ideal for beginners because of the pace at which these classes move as well as their content. These classes are listed below:
MEDITATION & MANTRA
MYSORE ASHTANGA YOGA ** PLEASE NOTE THIS “PROGRAM” REQUIRES A ONE MONTH COMMITMENT OF 3 MYSORE ASHTANGA YOGA CLASSES/WEEK.**
Ashtanga Yoga is the system of Yoga taught by the beloved late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing internal heat and a cleansing& purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm, focused mind.
MYSORE ASHTANGA YOGA
Mysore is an ancient and authentic way of learning and practicing the Ashtanga yoga method. This method is extremely practical and has proven to be exquisitely effective for decades. Through regular practice, one cultivates a strong, healthy body and a calm, steady mind. Ashtanga Yoga is comprised of a number of specific set sequences that serve the purpose of providing structure and discipline to the initially scattered mind. With the help of the teacher in the room, you will slowly begin to memorize & execute these sequences one posture at a time which allows one to build the necessary foundation of strength, flexibility, and concentration required to progress safely along the path of yoga. The Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is essentially a moving meditation which slowly infiltrates one’s life beyond the mat and into one’s daily experience of life. There is a very special and magical energy of community and connectedness that is felt amongst the students who are moving through and sharing this sacred practice experience together.
Commonly Asked Questions:
How is Practicing An Authentic Form Of Yoga That Comes From India Different From A “Western Created” Vinyasa Practice?
Because it was developed by ancient yoga masters, there is a deep wisdom and integrity within this ancient lineage that has now been experienced and highly valued by tens of thousands of yoga practitioners around the world.
Do I Need To Know The Ashtanga Yoga Series Of Postures Before I Join A Mysore Program?
Absolutely not! In fact, it’s ideal to come in as a total beginner to yoga and let the highly educated and experienced teacher in the room guide you step by step, safely and effectively meeting your individual needs. The prospect of taking responsibility for your own Ashtanga yoga practice rather than being led by a teacher can seem scary and uncomfortable to many new yoga students so it is no wonder that beginners often assume that Mysore classes must be for more advanced students.
What Is The Purpose Of The Mysore Ashtanga Class?
In truth, you will learn more about your yoga practice in a month of attending a Mysore style class than a year of only attending Led Ashtanga classes. Mysore allows you to move at your own pace and only practice the number of postures that is appropriate for you that particular day. Each student’s practice is completely individualized taking into consideration one’s age, health, and current physical state.
What Is The Purpose Of The Led Ashtanga Class?
The Led Ashtanga Class is a very important part of the Mysore Ashtanga Program in that it’s purpose is to maintain & reinforce the correct sequence of postures and one’s understanding of the vinyasa system.
How Does It Work?
We ask that all interested students first come in and observe 1 or 2 Mysore Ashtanga Classes for at least 30 minutes. If you decide you’d like to learn this method, a one month, 3 day per week commitment is required which consists of 2 Mysore classes and either 1 Led class or the Ashtanga For Everyone Class on Saturday mornings. (Which is ideal for beginners because it moves at a slower pace.)
LED ASHTANGA +
A very special Ashtanga Yoga class taught by Stacy Plaske which will guide students through the first half of Primary Series and a handful of safe beginner backbends of Intermediate Series with some much needed hip opens and balancing postures. Steeped in the traditional flow & sequencing of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga along with the intelligence of correct form & alignment, and the compassionate recognition to meet each student where they in their practice, this class warmly welcomes all yogi’s with a current practice who wish to deepen their understanding of yoga.
ASHTANGA LED FULL PRIMARY SERIES
This class is for all levels of Ashtanga practitioners, except for those who are brand new to this style of yoga. The instructor’s intention is to flow through the entire Primary Series which will take 1 hour and 45 minutes and consists of many postures, some being quite “advanced”. However, if the majority of the class is less experienced, the instructor will only cover the first half of the Primary Series. For those who are less experienced, there are two options: observe the unfamiliar asanas and/or modify the postures. Over time and with consistent practice, the student will be more comfortable and able to do the entire Primary Series in an uninterrupted, rhythmic, and meditative flow. This class is meant to challenge but not to overwhelm. Come, do your best, and experience the meditative flow!
(All Levels.) The word Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. In other words, the teacher will lead you through well-constructed, safe, classical yoga sequences of postures, with a strong emphasis upon proper breathing while moving. This technique is sometimes called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth and fluid manner in which the postures are linked together. These classes consist of a short philosophical discourse/spiritual teaching, chanting, a strong asana practice, gentle pranayama (breathing practices), and a short meditation. You work at your own pace, following the teacher’s verbal as well as hands-on guidance and asana options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Vinyasa Flow cultivates physical strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, focus, and moreover, establishes a mindful discipline that is supportive in attaining your personal goals off the mat.
oga in some form is available to everyone, EVERYONE with the benefits of improving your health, physically and mentally; improving your breathe and improving your outlook on life. The benefits of yoga are limitless and will also be discussed. This class is for all individuals – flexible or inflexible, short or not so short, young or not so young, skinny or not so skinny. This is a one hour class of YOUR yoga directed at you and for you . . . . with a smile on your face. We will explore together the basic asana poses, breathing techniques, meditation and centering; philosophy and the history of yoga. We will blend all participants with all limbs of Yoga to create Yoga Blends.
Relax, Restore and Renew! The perfect class for a Friday evening after a full week’s work! A handful of gentle asana (postures) are practiced with the help of props such as blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters and eye pillows. Accompanied by relaxing music, candles and the gentle voice of the teacher, sets the tone for an absolutely peaceful and rejuvenating experience! You will surely start your weekend off feeling wonderful.
TODDLER YOGA (Ages 2-4)
Join Amy for a fun and playful yoga class for your Toddlers and Preschoolers. This class involves songs, stories, games, movement, langaue and concepts and simple breathing techniques to get your child introduced to yoga and feeling calm, balanced and relaxed. Each class will be different but will have a repetitive nature so the kids will know what’s expected. This class is used as a springboard to introduce yoga into the young ones lives.
KID'S YOGA (Ages 5-10)
Join Amy for a fun, creative and playful yoga class for the Kids. Each class will have a different theme and will be guided utilizing music, stories, movement, breathing techniques, math, science, language, and nature to name a few. Kids yoga is a springboard to introduce yoga into your kids lives. Your kids will leave more balanced, calm and relaxed. A guided visualization will be used at the end the class.
Children who practice yoga:
-Develop strong, limber and healthy bodies
-Increase focus, concentration and attention span
-Relax and sleep better
-Cope with stress more effectively
-Discover a sense of awareness and respect for themselves, others and the world around them
YogaKids is a unique approach to integrative learning using yoga as a pathway. Storytelling, music, language and movement blend seamlessly with yoga to educate the “whole” child.
Classes are comprehensive, imaginative and playful
BASIC HATHA YOGA IN THE IYENGAR TRADITION
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of the living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga, who began teaching in Pune, India, in 1936 at the age of 18. Today, at 93, he continues to teach and inspire students all over the world. His daughter, Geeta, and his son, Prashant, are also accomplished teachers and authors of yoga texts. The Iyengar family’s teachings are deeply grounded in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, an ancient summation of the path of yoga considered to be at least 2,500 years old. B.K.S. Iyengar’s intense practice and almost seventy years of teaching have produced significant innovations in the teaching of the art and science of yoga. To learn more about B.K.S Iyengar visit www.bksiyengar.com.
What to expect from this method of yoga.
Qualified and rigorously trained instructors committed to excellence in teaching A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical problems.
Precise use of language
Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action
Individual correction and adjustment of students, when necessary
Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana Incorporation and relevance of practice into daily life Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs.
Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability.
New Student Special! 3 Classes for $30! (excludes Mysore Ashtanga Classes)
This is a ONE-TIME offer for NEW students only please.
Iyengar Yoga 6 class card $102 **Has a 2 month expiration date**
Private Lesson – $100/Hour $125/Hour with ‘Senior Teacher’
Toddler & Kids Yoga -
Classes are held on Thursdays
Toddler/Preschool – 4:00-4:30 pm
$75 for 6 week series/ $15 for drop-in
Kids- 4:30-5:15 pm
$90 for 6 week series/ $18 for drop-in
**To register contact Amy Cohen (516) 319-8109 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
DROP-INS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. You do not need to call first, just come in and take a class (unless it says “pre-registration required,” then call first please)
ALL OF OUR CLASSES are between 60 and 90 minutes and we specialize in giving lots of personal attention and great care.
REFUND & EXPIRATION DATE POLICY: We are committed to providing you with a warm, clean space and excellent yoga instruction. Once you make the decision to commit and purchase a package (monthly unlimited/10 or 20 class card) you have made a commitment to yourself, your practice and to Balance Yoga. Therefore, no refunds are given and we strictly adhere to the respective packages’ expiration date (3 months for 10 and 20 class cards/30 days for monthly unlimited) from the first date you use your membership. If you injure yourself and have a package that is not completely used, we ask that you provide us with a doctor’s note and we can put your membership on hold. Thank you for respecting our policy.
WE KINDLY ASK…
Please BE ON TIME
Please shower BEFORE coming to class.
Please come prepared with your own yoga mat and hand towel (for sanitary purposes).
Please refrain from wearing fragrance or cologne to yoga class
Please remove your shoes before entering the sacred space of the yoga studio
Please leave cell phones, pagers and palm pilots in the car
Please refrain from eating (heavy) 2 hours prior to class