BodyWisdom Yoga
BodyWisdom Yoga

                            Class Descriptions

Prime of Life Yoga - 75 minutes

Prime of Life Yoga offers an overall lifestyle approach to Yoga for persons in midlife and beyond. It includes asana that is accommodating to the individual; everyday biomechanics; management of common aches and pains; and stress reduction. POLY is in the lineage of the great yogi Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar.  Yoga classes always include pranayama, asana and savaasana (breathing, movement and relaxation). Attention is paid to alignment and intention. At the end of a session you will feel relaxed, recharged and happy.

 

Ru Sie Dutton (Thai Hermit's Yoga) - 60 minutes - 

Thai Massage is highly therapeutic, rejuvenating and invigorating.  Want lots of steady energy?  Get a good Thai Massage!!  Unfortunately, they are hard to come by in Key West and they're expensive.  This is your alternative.  Ru Sie Dutton is SELF-Thai-Massage. There is dispute about which came first about 2,500 years ago:  Thai Massage or Thai Self-Massage.  What matters is that this is a practice that you can learn in Key West now at BodyWisdom Yoga and then, with the picture guide-book that we have available, take the practice home and do it yourself, for free, whenever you want or need its beneficial effects. The full practice at BodyWisdom Yoga takes 75 minutes but you can shorten the time at home, if your schedule demands.  Diane Covan and Ben Covan are certified by the International Training Massage School in Chaing Mai, Thailand, and the Thailand Ministry of Education and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, to teach this practice.  While considered "yoga", this practice contains no inversions or twisting into pretzel shapes.  It is suitable for and beneficial for everyone's body. Unlike other forms of yoga which has as their goal the union of body, mind and spirit, this practice is solely intended to be physically therapeutic and rejuvenating.

 

Gentle Chair Yoga - 60 minutes

This is a gentle yoga class that will increase your muscle control, range of motion, and flexibility.  It's also a relaxing stretching session that just plain feels good. You're always welcome to sit in a chair if it's more comfortable than being on the mat. 

 

Gentle Yoga - 75 minutes
The Saturday "Gentle Yoga" class led by Peter Rogers is composed of slow, gentle postures designed to be practiced on the mat, but you are welcome to use a chair, if that is more comfortable for you. This class is suitable for everyone who wants the health benefits of yoga without fear of causing harm or pain to their body.

 

Gentle Flow - 90 minutes

In 1960, the highly-respected Yogi, Amrit Desai, began teaching yoga in the United States.  With a background in Kundalini Yoga (which is based on Prana, the body's own energy), he developed a style of yoga designed to rekindle the relationship with Prana, the energy of the body, which is ordinarily lost by over-concentration upon the mind. Students remain in an inwardly-focused, calm, meditative state.  In the Amrit series, a series of poses are performed slowly and deliberately with complete inward focus. Most people rely on the mind for control and to make events occur in their lives.  When cultivated, the recognition of the innate intelligence of Prana allows an additional — often more reliable —guiding force in life.  Unlike a practice emphasizing only the physical benefits of yoga, a regular AmritYoga practice creates a strong body with a balanced, grounded and steady mind.  The benefit to the union of body, mind and spirit (the definition of "yoga").  In the Amrit Yoga Level 1 class led by Diane Covan, at the conclusion of 70 minutes doing the 26 poses, the class ends with 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra meditation. 

 

Yoga Nidra Meditation - 45 minutes

Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep."  This is intentionally at siesta time.  Have a quick, healthy lunch and there still will be time for this quick combo deep and easy meditation/powernap. You'll be back out, refreshed and renewed within 40 minutes.  Our Amrit Yoga Nidra is led by Dr. Fred Covan, a licensed clinical psychologist who has about 45 years experience teaching and facilitating various forms of meditation.  Dr. Covan believes Yoga Nidra to be the easiest, most effective form of mediation for people who do not have years of dedicated meditation practice and it is what Dr. Covan encourages for all of his patients.  Yoga Nidra is not "yoga" as most people think of that word. There are no postures or positions to get into.  All you do is lie down, close your eyes and listen.  Yoga Nidra is meditation for people who don't meditate, hate to meditate or do meditate.  It is a simple -- yet remarkably effective -- relaxation technique that relieves the effects of stress, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and aids in recovery from addictions and illness.  It's easy and there's no way to do it wrong.  The beneficial effect of meditation is incontrovertible and is supported by a myriad of scientific studies. Yoga Nidra produces its beneficial effects by actually changing brain wave patterns that produce a state of deep relaxation during which healing and change occur when you are taken to the state which is below deep sleep.   When Dr. Covan is unavailable, Diane Covan will lead Amrit Yoga Nidra or Monica Haskell will lead another highly effective form of Yoga Nidra.

Meditation in Motion - 90 minutes

This class begins with gentle stretching, deep breathing and some Yoga Nidra to allow students to go completely inward, becoming totally in touch with bodily sensations.  Then -- while in this deeply meditative state -- postures are suggested rather than "led" or "instructed" and the participants are encouraged to modify all postures as they are led by the body and its needs, engaging in complementary movements and micro-variations. It is a unique and deeply satisfying class in which tension and stress are completely released.  

Power Vinyasa Flow - 75 minutes

Just what you'd expect and not for the faint hearted.

 

Yin and Restorative Yoga by Candlelight - 75 minutes

This class is for rest, rejuvenation and stress-reduction at the end of a long day or week.  Flickering candlelight, lovely music, and Irisha's guidance will cause you to float out the door refreshed and ready at the end of the 75 minute session.

 

Yoga Dance - 75 minutes

A blend of yoga poses and fun dance moves to great music!!  Great way to end a work day or get energized for an evening of work or play.

 

Back to Basics Yoga - 75 minutes

This is great for any beginner or any yogi who wants to improve upon alignment, breath and building a stronger foundation for their practice.

Spinal Rejuvenation Yoga

Carl often reminds students that you "are only as young as your spine". This class is based on the "Spinal Rejuvenation Series" developed by Aadil Palkhivala. The series undoes the effects of gravity and life on your spine. The Yoga Wall system uses gravity to our advantage to release the spinal muscles; we create space between the vertebrae and revitalize the spine. We use decompression, twists, and inversions to address all possible movements of the spine. This class will reduce built-up stress in the spine and back muscles.  You will stand taller and more erect as you leave. The ability to do a headstand is not necessary. This class will address these effects through therapeutic series, asana, and sequences to heal the back, shoulders, hips, and neck. We will range from very gentle floor series to more intense traction on the yoga wall. The class will largely be taught based on who is in attendance.

-- All classes are conducted at our Yoga Studio located at 1901 Fogarty Avenue (at First Street), Key West, Florida --

 

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