Yoga may be practiced by anyone, regardless of level of perceived physical ability. The only prerequisites are the ability to breathe and an intention to pay attention!
Benefits of a dedicated Yoga practice…
Yoga practices utilize a wide variety of tools to systematically challenge the body and expand the breath in order to train the mind. Yoga unifies our being at 5 levels.
At a physical level, Yoga makes your body stronger and more flexible, gives you better balance and bone density.
At an energetic level yoga practice increases breath capacity, digestive function and blood flow to eventually stimulate all of your body systems so you have more energy.
At the level of the mind and emotions, Yoga is absolutely your best choice for relieving stress! Yoga improves your concentration and focus, relieves your muscle tension, liberates you from anxiety, elevates your mood and promotes your compassion for self and others.
At the level of the spirit, Yoga is not a religion, but it is a contemplative and spiritual practice. In the quieted mind state achieved through Yoga practice, we may come to deeply know ourselves, experience our connection with all other hearts and minds and find our path…. in other words, we come to see the light ! So….what are you waiting for?
New to Yoga?
Beginning Yoga Instruction: Training for students who are new to Yoga or returning to practice to instruct in proper bony alignment and key muscle actions of basic yoga asana (postures) in standing, seated and lying positions. The ritual and conduct for yoga practice will be explained. Practicing with awareness of the breath and attuning to moving on its flow will be introduced. See schedule page for dates.
Yoga Class Descriptions
Classes with physical therapist and yoga therapist Cheryl Van Demark, E-RYT500:
Mixed Level Yoga: Instruction in this asana focused practice will be presented in a format that allows the student to experience a progression of the yoga pose/asana along a continuum of challenge. Note: Dropping in to this class with no prior Yoga practice not recommended for those with a low fitness level, hip joint replacements, spinal fusion, or significant osteoporosis. Please make time to talk with Cheryl first. Thank you. Schedule and Pricing
Yoga Basics: To build or refresh our skills, it is wise to focus on the basics/foundations of our practice. Enjoy a focus upon feeling your way into proper alignment and learning to build your poses from a steady, balanced foundation. Refine your practice with the right blend of steadiness and ease. This class is a nice point of entry to yoga practice, a progression after receiving the Beginning Yoga Class Series and a class to systematically build your strength, balance and mobility.
Body-wise Senior Yoga: Enjoy a gentle but effective practice adapted for chronic health challenges, motion limitations and joint replacement surgery. This is a chair assisted class – not a seated yoga class. Classes are kept small to provide a high level of personal attention. Transitions to the floor are optional. Props are frequently incorporated to assist the practice. Schedule and Pricing
Sun Salute Power Yoga : 50 minutes of guided sun salute flows and core work with options for progressing at your own pace. Stop and rest as needed. This class is offered in memory of Sarah Dustman-Rouette as a karma yoga community class. There are no fees; however participants are asked to offer a food item donation to the Chino Valley Food Bank. Class is on recess for Winter and will return in Spring 2014.
Yin Yoga : End your week with a revitalizing Yoga practice offering the perfect balance of effort and ease to achieve deep range of motion gains from the joing capsules and deep connective tissues of the body. The Yin yoga style invites us to employ loving introspection while in long held postures on the floor with the support of props. Schedule and Pricing
Relaxing Yoga Medley: ( alternating instructors Amber Aten & Cheryl Van Demark) This class dedicates time for us to round out our Yoga experience by practicing fascinating limbs of the tree of Yoga, beyond the postures (asanas). This class features different simple, but powerful energetic practices each week. Feel how taking different physical shapes spontaneously expands the breath into the body’s primary flows ( Chakras). Learn selected tools to expand your breath capacity (Pranayama). Enhance your perception of the flow of the body’s subtle energies by practicing hand gestures (Mudras). Discover how to release deep myofascial tension that can constrict flow of circulation and energy assisted by balls and rollers. Those students who limit their practice to asana will be surprised at the change in the power of the asana practice when we focus on these subtle energies and deepen our physical body awareness as we ease layers of chronic tension.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga ( with MaryPat Azevedo)
Vinyasa yoga, also known as flow yoga, is a style which synchronizes movement with the breath. Postures and pace will be modified to meet the student’s needs and abilities. Come dance your Yoga!
Guest Teacher Workshops:
Monthly Challenge Practice (with Suzanne Teachey) Offered on the * second Sunday of the month, this is a strong class that introduces deeper poses to expand your practice and build your confidence in inversions, arm balances, and backbends. This class is for students who have been practicing regularly for at least six months, and are ready to work hard and aspire to new challenges. Next date : Sunday December 8 11-1 for hip openers. Read More
Quarterly Expanded Practices ( with Lynne Minton): 2014 Theme is Bandahas Demystified:A Study in 3 Parts. Read more..
Private Yoga Instruction & Yoga Therapy
Core Balance Body Sculpt
Good strength in your core muscles (abdominals, buttocks, back and shoulder blades) is a key to success in all of your athletic endeavors. It is also wise to train the core to keep a strong and healthy spine. We will “explore the core ” using stability balls, foam rollers, resistance bands, Pilates wheels and light weights.
Posture + Senior Stretch n Tone
Enjoy a fun fitness mix that will stretch and tone the muscles and align your spine using functional training positions. Improve your posture by aligning the spine and building your bone density. Improve your confidence in your balance. Boost your energy and experience a greater freedom of motion. There will be lots of variety through use of foam rollers, resistance bands, Pilates wheels and light weights.
Join the party and have fun while you exercise! Our instructors will offer fun options to meet your fitness level as you enjoy learning a progression of simple moves to some great Latin music.
Functional pulley unit, elliptical trainer, kettle bells, Jungle Gym, stability balls, adjustable weight bench, …we have choices for everyone!
Need help figuring out what to do in the gym? Schedule a fitness consult with Cheryl Van Demark, PT and co-create a great program.
Rather exercise on your own? Waiting for a child or a spouse taking one of our great classes? Schedule YOUR time to use our private gym. Or buddy up and circuit train! Sign up schedules are at the front desk. $3/person/use. Maximum of 2 users at once.
Tai Chi Chuan: The Dance of Health
Receive expert instruction from Steve Lefkowitz. T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of exercise that is gaining widespread popularity in the United States. It is a series of slow, continuous, relaxed movements that are performed with great attention. The exercise usually takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete (there is also a 3-5minute version of the exercise), and should be practiced daily in the morning and before retiring. The movements are done without strain, and provide exercise and toning for every part of the body.
The exercise is symmetrical, providing for balanced development of the body. In addition, T’ai Chi Chuan has a relaxing effect on psychological tensions, and develops concentration. Rather than a chore, T’ai Chi is a pleasurable experience, and is easily integrated as a daily means of exercise. It requires little space, and has practitioners ranging in age from 8 to 80. Read more about Chi and benefits of this art… Schedule and Pricing