Yoga may be practiced by anyone, regardless of level of perceived physical ability. The only prerequisites are the ability to breathe and 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 Class Series: An introduction for students who are new to Yoga practice. The ritual and conduct for yoga classes will be explained. Philosophy and energetics will be introduced. We will practice basic alignment points for yoga asana (postures) in standing, seated and lying positions and learn to attune movement to the flow of breath. See schedule page for dates.
Yoga Class Descriptions
Ongoing classes with physical therapist and yoga therapist Cheryl Van Demark, E-RYT500:
Mixed Level Yoga: For individuals at or above a moderate fitness level. Instruction in this asana focused practice will be presented in a format that allows the student to experience a progression of the yoga poses/asana along a continuum of challenge. Note: Dropping in to this class with no prior Yoga practice experience is not advised. Please make time to talk with Cheryl first. Thank you. Schedule and Pricing
Yoga Basics: For new or returning yoga students. To build or refresh our skills, it is wise to focus on the foundations of yoga practice. Enjoy feeling your way into proper alignment and learning to build your poses from a steady, balanced foundation filled with comfortable breath.
Body-wise Senior Yoga: Enjoy a gentle but effective practice adapted for chronic health challenges, motion limitations and joint replacement surgery and back pain. 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
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.
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: This class features a medley of relaxing yoga practices with an emphasis on our subtle body energy. Feel how taking different physical shapes spontaneously expands the breath into the body’s primary energy centers ( Chakras). Learn selected tools to expand your breath capacity (Pranayama) and experience different directional flows of prana ( Pranavayus). Enhance your perception of these subtle energy flows 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. If your practice has been limited to asana, you may be surprised at the power of these tools to deepen your practice. The last Thursday of the month will feature deep guided relaxation through Yoga Nidra.
2014 Guest Teacher Workshops:
Monthly Challenge Practice (with Suzanne Teachey) 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. Read More
Quarterly Expanded Practices ( with Lynne Minton): Bandhas Demystified Read more..
Private Yoga Instruction & Yoga Therapy
by appointment with Cheryl Van Demark, PT. See Therapy Services Tab.
Core Power: Enjoy 30 minutes of challenge to your core muscles in a variety of positions utilizing 1/2 foam rollers, resistance bands, Pilates wheels and heavy balls.. Core strengthening provides great cross training for dance yoga and all athletic endeavors! It is also one of the best ways to support your spinal health.
Body Sculpt: This 60 minute class features full body toning primarily using stability balls, resistance bands, Pilates wheels and light weights. End with yummy strap assisted stretches.
Senior Stretch n Tone: Enjoy a fun fitness mix that will stretch and tone your 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. Challenge your coordination and have fun with lots of variety that is good for our brains! End with a useful health tip and a relaxation experience.
Join the party and have fun while you exercise! Certified Instructor Diane Kennedy offers Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning.
In Zumba Gold: Enjoy an easy to follow program, for seniors or those new to Zumba, that lets you move to the beat at your own pace. Burn calories, have fun and put some dance in your step! I look forward to meeting you!! Bring your friends and learn salsa, cumbia, country, swing, rumba, tango – a little bit of everything!
In Zumba Toning: Learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all the target zones, including arms, abs and thighs. Zumba Toning is the perfect way to sculpt your body naturally while having a total blast.
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.
Bujinkan Jinsei Dojo
Instructor Jason Jacobs offers a traditional Japanese martial art geared toward self protection. Learn all aspects of combat related movements from how to fall safely to how to defend against multiple armed attackers. Use striking/ kicking methods, grappling, throws, joint locks, all traditional and modern weapons. Experience how to to read and understand why the body works the way it does and learn to use this as an advantage, not only in a confrontation, but in everyday life. Train to move naturally, the way the body is designed.