Yoga Classes with physical therapist and yoga therapist Cheryl Van Demark, E-RYT500
Yoga may be practiced by everyone, regardless of your level
of perceived physical ability.
Benefits of a dedicated Yoga practice :
At a physical level, Yoga makes your body stronger and more flexible, gives you better balance and bone density, increases breath capacity, digestive function and blood flow to all of your body systems so you have more energy.
At the level of the psyche 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, promotes your compassion for self and others……and ultimately, puts you on a path to enlightenment! So….what are you waiting for?
Tension Tamer- Stress Remedy: A gentle physical practice with an emphasis on promoting body awareness. This class will assist you in discovering which areas of your body feel tense and how and you are using your muscles to literally “wear” your life stress. Discover how your muscle tension patterns restrict free flow of your breath, your movement and your energy. Learn how to tame these tensions using your breath, gentle somatic movements, supported passive positions and self application of deep pressure to points on the body using various props. Each class ends with a soothing guided relaxation.
Mixed Level Yoga: Explore the foundational principles of the eight limbs of the Tree of Yoga: internal and external discipline, postures, breath work, sensory focus, concentration, awareness, meditation. Instruction in the practice will be presented in a format that allows the student to experience a progression of the yoga pose/asana preparation along a continuum of challenge. Students are encouraged to attend an Introduction to Yoga Workshop within the first few months of entering Yoga practice. Note: Dropping into this class is not recommended for those with a low fitness level, hip joint replacements, spinal fusion, or significant osteoporosis. Please talk with Cheryl about other choices here for entering into your Yoga practice. Schedule and Pricing
Hot Flow Yoga: ( On recess for the hot weather season June – August) A flow/vinyasa style of Yoga focusing on smooth and balanced transitions as one asana unfolds into another on the river of the breath. The room will be heated, so please bring a towel, hydrate well before class and bring a water bottle into the class. Note: Students should have an above average level of aerobic fitness and prior experience in performing Yoga asana/postures to prepare for this flow style of practice. Not recommended for students with a history of cardiac complaints, or for pregnant women. Schedule and Pricing
Body-wise Senior Yoga: Enjoy a gentle but effective practice adapted for chronic health challenges, motion limitations and joint replacement surgery. Classes are kept small to provide a high level of personal attention. Transitions to the floor are optional. Multiple props including chairs can be 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. A great warming activity before the Yin class that follows at 9 am. This class is offered as a community class with no fees. 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: Yin yoga asks for loving introspection in long held floor poses with support of props. Schedule and Pricing
New to Yoga? Begin with an Introduction to Yoga Workshop: Please note a minimum of 4 participants need to be pre-registered to convene this class. Visit the schedule page for the next workshop date.
Beginning Yoga Class Series: A class series for new students to learn alignment and key muscle actions of basic yoga asana/postures or for students who need to refresh or refine their yoga practice skills. This class series is convened every other month. A minimum of 5 participants need to be pre-paid to convene this class.
Private Yoga Instruction & Yoga Therapy
$5 Fitness: Core Balance
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.
Join the party and have fun while you exercise! Instructor Courtney Wagner will match your fitness level as you enjoy learning a progression of simple moves to some great Latin music. Courtney’s Spring Zumba session ends Thursday June 20th. For schedule and fees click here
$3 Private Gym
Functional pulleys, kettle bells, Jungle gym, stability balls, elliptical trainer …we have fitness 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 3 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
Karate with Sensei Bob Layton
In the Martial Arts, introspection begetswisdom…
International Kyokushin Academy of Arizona offers serious physical education, and includes practice of the mind, body and spirit combining the discipline of the Eastern culture and the hard work of the American spirit.
The Dance Studio Too
Beginning Yoga Class Series: A class series for new students to learn alignment and key muscle actions of basic yoga asana/postures or for students who need to refresh or refine their yoga practice skills. This class series is convened on a quarterly basis with a minimum of 6 interested students who have attended the Introduction to Yoga Workshops. Next session dates to be announced.