Class Descriptions

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Therapeutic Yoga

This is not an athletic form of yoga, but an individualized process of working with one’s own body, mind, and nervous system. Therapeutic Yoga establishes an overall sense of safety and well being in the participants, resulting in less physical discomfort and stress, and more energy and openness. This practice addresses not just the muscular/skeletal body, but layers of circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems as well.

For a full description of this program, including the purchase of monthly memberships online, see the Therapeutic Yoga Page.

Biodynamic Yoga

Biodynamic Yoga is Michelle Anderson’s innovative approach to teaching and leadership that can be integrated into many kinds of practices.  These are new class names, but not new classes, so you can be assured your favorite class hasn’t changed.  

It is based on traditional yoga, philosophy, and meditation practice, and on the principles of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. 

  1. When individuals come together, an energetic field is created that is greater than the sum of the parts.  This energetic field is a common denominator that resonates with everyone in the room.  This field will move in the direction of greatest health and benefit for all.  The poses, sequences and movements taught are to enable each individual to experience their clearest being, and to learn the skills to remove blockages, reduce pain and stress, and increase happiness, energy flow, and relaxation.  Participants usually report a feeling of deep satisfaction, like the class was exactly what they needed.  
  1. Because the field is always newly created by the participants’ real experience, the sequences are always different as a response.  You will never do the same class twice!
  1. The sequences build stamina in the nervous system and steadiness in the mind and physical body that allow the students to stay with sensation longer. They are then able to watch it transform, calm their breathing, transform unhealthy memories and patterns into safety and empowerment, and recover lost parts of their embodied experience.  
  1. Verbal and non-verbal dialogue are important to build trust and safety. New and returning students are invited to privately share what factors are contributing to their current mind-body state as a tool for self discovery.
  1. The goal of Biodynamic Yoga is to be an integral part of the health of the whole person, and to acknowledge that this health includes the physical body, spiritual connections, emotional satisfaction, community support, and fulfillment in work and home life. To this end, two types of classes are offered:

Biodynamic Yoga

Brilliantly sequenced classical asana classes (sun salutations, standing poses, arm balances, inversions, backbends, twists, etc.) for those without major spine/joint injuries or illnesses, who are able to bear weight on hands and wrists and do standing poses without wall support.  The instructor leads the class and is also a participant; some yoga experience is helpful; chanting, pranayama, and meditation may be included as part of class.      

Biodynamic Therapeutics

These highly individualized classes are inclusive to anyone who desires healing, peace and connection, or who needs relief from life’s stressors.  These classes are very slow-paced and are primarily done sitting or lying down, often with wall support and precisely utilized props.  The practice is a sequence specifically designed for the practitioners in the room, and creates stamina in the nervous system and steadiness in the mind and body that allows one to see through the mental chatter towards one’s own truth.   The instructor guides the class and is an observer; no previous yoga or movement experienced is required.

Therapeutic Yoga Practice with De

Therapeutic Yoga Practice teaches us to work with the natural intelligence of our bodies through a series of gentle, focused and healing movements. This simple, profound approach calms the mind and relaxes the body, creating a safe space for us to build a foundation for creating change. 

Therapeutic Yoga Practice with De is a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed and transforming experience in both body and mind. 

The vision of this Therapeutic Yoga Practice with De is to build a community of individuals with a common interest in deepening awareness within themselves and in relation to others through a movement practice. The hopeful outcome of the practice will be a life of greater reflection, kindness and compassion.

The practice and offerings are uniquely designed to be inclusive to all who are interested and open to possibility. 

Why Therapeutic Yoga Practice with De?
The practice is about quieting our busy mind. Our busy mind is an expression of our pains, fears, and blockages that bounce around and distract us from what really matters. Therapeutic Yoga poses, sequences, and breathing exercises are our guide to understanding ourselves in a state of well-being that permeates all areas of our lives. 

Why is it a healing practice?
The practice allows for better function in the body and a deeper connection between mind, body and spirit. By correcting old patterns and releasing blockages that no longer serve us, we create greater awareness of our physical and emotional health. 

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a practice that is good for everyone and will leave your body feeling deeply relaxed, renewed, and restored.  Restorative yoga will also leave you feeling nurtured while deepening self-awareness.  A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. 

 

Stretch and Reset 

A movement and yoga class for those believing in creating youthfulness and flexibility. Using myofacial release, alignment, core strength and flowing Vini yoga, we will reset our faith and our radiant health each week.
 
This class is appropriate for beginners, injury issues as well as athletes looking to expand their knowledge of structural alignment. By repeating somatic movements and stretches, you will untangle tension in your structural web and release patterns of stress and pain.

If you feel stiff or tight, you can use this gentle form of yoga. You don’t need to continue being stiff. You can regain the loose limbs, neck and shoulders you had as a youth. Learn and refine key actions for a safe and effective yoga practice. Uniting innate intuition with the modern science of biomechanics empowers potent transformation and healing.

This class uses  breath to explore both innovative and the old world traditions of yoga. These techniques are adapted to the individual. By integrating the breath into our practice, we develop the connection between body and mind using mindfulness to stay present. This builds awareness of the various levels of our being (mental, emotional, bio-energetic, and physical).  Yoga philosophy and relaxation included in each class. Individual issues can be addressed.
 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Mindfulness meditation practiced in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.  Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.  

Mountain Stream Sangha is a community of practitioners who come together to support one another in the practice of mindfulness in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village. Each Thursday we meet from 7-9 pm for sitting and walking meditation and group sharing.

We welcome newcomers of all identities at any of our gatherings. 

Participation is free to all, and we accept and appreciate donations to help cover rent and other costs.

Feldenkrais Method ~ Awareness Through Movement® classes

In these group classes a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner verbally guides you through a sequence of movements as a way to cultivate awareness. These investigations allow you to discover habits, develop new options and to attend to your wellbeing. Moving with efficiency rather than effort makes daily life easier. Improvements in balance, breathing and coordination are often accompanied by increased clarity of thinking and emotional ease.
Our rotating schedule weaves in influences from our unique backgrounds of dance, meditation, art, aikido and childhood development. To learn more about our monthly schedule visit: semiorganized.com/atm
 

Yoga for Teen Girls Ages 13 & 14

There are many societal, peer and family pressures on teen girls today, creating anxiety and uncertainty in their lives. This constant state of Fight and Flight is detrimental to body and mind.

Yoga is one way to become calm and centered in the midst of this Chaos. These classes will teach the Yoga practices of breath, movement, meditation and how to keep the energy centers or Chakras clear and flowing. The ultimate goal is for Yoga to become a tool Teens can use in their daily lives to stay balanced and centered when life becomes stressful.

Qigong Practice

Qigong is an ancient practice developed out of China from the Taoist tradition and can be defined as Energy Cultivation.  The practice is based on the concept that there is a vital force, an underlying flow of energy, both within the physical body and extending from it.  This system of energy is the template from which the physical body manifests and functions.

Health, Healing and longevity are found when the energetic body is in balance and energy is flowing freely without blockage or stagnation.  Qigong practices are a way of cultivating, balancing, and harmonizing Qi in order to create a free flow of energy within the human body.

Each weekly class will include a short lecture, some gentle movements or warm-ups, and the introduction of a new form and/or a deeping into one previously taught.  Qigong forms include both Nei Dan (internal or seated/lying meditation) and Wei Dan (external or moving meditation).  No prior experience is necessary.  All ages and abilities are welcome, this is a gentle practice which can be accessed by most anyone.