Body Weight Training - 60 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 am, Tuesday and Thursday 6 pm - : This class is led by Ben Covan, an aspiring Martial Artist and fighter who spent the past two years living, training and fighting in Thailand. While abroad, he received Level 1 and Level 2 Mark Lauren Certifications in Body Weight Training. Using only your own weight, rather than external equipment, you will quickly build functional strength and improve movement.
Ru Sie Dutton (Thai Hermit's Yoga Self-Massage) - Off the Schedule until further notice - 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 true yoga which has as it goal the union of body, mind and spirit, this practice is solely intended to be physically therapeutic and rejuvenating.
Gentle Chair Yoga - Office the Schedule until further notice - 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 Saturday 2 pm - 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.
Amrit Level 1 with Yoga Nidra OR Kripalu Level 1 with
Savasana- Monday, Wednesday and Friday noon; Tuesday and Thursday 2 pm - Amit 90 minutes; Kripalu 75 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 early 1970's Yogi Desai founded Kripalu Institute in Lennox Massachussets and designed the series (Levels 1 and 2) that are now known as Kripalu Yoga. Years later, Yogi Desai moved to the Ocala National Forest, and opened Amrit Yoga Institute and designed similar series known as Amrit Levels 1 and 2. In both the Kripalu and 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 Amrit or Kripalu Yoga 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. When Diane is out of town or otherwise unavailable, Ben Covan teaches Kripalu Yoga Level 1. Who will be teaching and which class will be taught is shown on the Schedule Page of this Web site. The Amrit class ends with a Yoga Nidra guided meditation, and thus, is 90 minutes long. Kripalu ends with a long Savasana so the class is only 75 minutes long.
Yoga Nidra Meditation Monday and Friday 2 pm; Wednesday 6 pm - 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.
-- All classes are conducted at our Yoga Studio located at 1901 Fogarty Avenue (at First Street), Key West, Florida --