Bare Bones Basics
Never done yoga before? Feel inflexible or unsure what to do in a yoga class? Have no desire to put your foot behind your head or even know why you would want to? Then this is the class for you! This class will take you through the poses step by step. You will learn exactly how to position your body so that you can feel and learn yoga at a gentle pace, with patient and skilled instructors specially selected to work with brand new beginners, people with injuries and joint issues or those who just feel inflexible, uncertain, intimidated, or want healing and more gentle approach.
In this class, we will add to your Bare Bones Basics poses and introduce Sun Salutations, deeper hip and shoulder openers and a re-introduction to your long forgotten core. This is a great class for someone who is new to yoga or has practiced for a short time.
This class breaks down the basics of individual postures and teaches yoga fundamentals in a slow flow class. This class is great for a more advanced beginner or for students wanting to develop their understanding of basic postures. Its a slower flow and foundation building class. Great for a person who has been practicing for 6 months or more.
This class will take you deeper into the practice. We will explore deeper expressions of certain postures and and offer variation for the more challenging postures—will add poses such as Sirsasana (headstand), Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel) and hand/arm balances. best for students will at least 1 year of practice. Yes you will sweat!
Join us for an exploration of Pranayama and Meditation techniques presented in a slow flow asana class. Taking our practice inward we will use ujjay breathing exercises to expand and enhance energy, and begin to settle the mind through creating an inner awareness. Come away with a new sense of self. Some yoga experience is necessary.
The power of pilates and the fluidity of yoga combine in this class designed to ignite your core, develop healthy muscle recruitment patterns & let your spirit soar. Learn the fundamentals of pilates floorwork to allow for strong supported movement releasing tension in the neck, shoulders, hips and back. Tap into the power of your breath to supercharge your core and learn to coordinate breath and movement for easy, effortless movement. Then glide through a gentle yoga flow and unwind, relax and let go.
Kick Start Flow
*Must Preregister online at least 1 hour before class starts* Kick start your day with an athletic, interval flow class. This 45-minute morning class will use dynamic movement to stretch and strengthen your legs, abdominals, and arms. Using a combination of body weight exercises and cardio we’ll focus on core strength, endurance and proper body mechanics. Be prepared to sweat, strengthen and stretch as you start your day with a kick!
Learn to calm the mind, quiet the senses, and increase concentration during this 30 minute guided meditation class. No experience necessary, and students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Class exercises will include instruction in meditation, calming pranayama (breathing exercises), and methods for developing concentration. Donations are greatly appreciated but not required.
Deep stretch class will open all the muscle groups and go deep into places your flow practice just can’t get to. Most of the work will be done on the floor to enhance deeper hip, shoulder, and hamstring opening. Great class for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
Dynamic Stretch improves your movement by strengthening the body’s core while improving your coordination, balance and flexibility. The result is better posture and ease of movement without tension.
- Strengthen muscles by performing exercises with elastic resistance bands
- Start to move in proper alignment using imagery
- Improve balance and release tension through playful exercises w/balls
- Optimize your flexibility through touch, movement awareness and imagery.
Dynamic flexibility is flexibility in motion. It is best developed through dynamic stretching. This class is appropriate for all levels of movers. **NO MAT REQUIRED**
Yin Yoga is a different approach to yoga asana. Often referred to as “a quiet practice,” poses are done lying or sitting down, close to the floor, and held for longer periods of time to target the connective tissue of the body. Yin Yoga increases flexibility, nourishes and lubricates the joints, and quiets the mind.
45 minutes of Yin followed by 45 minutes of Yang. Start with long-held poses to open the body, move prana, and quiet the mind. Then transition into a mindful, slow and soulful vinyasa flow where inner stillness blossoms into grounded, graceful poses. The Yin and Yang portions of the class will be thematically and anatomically harmonious for a complete yogic experience. Includes meditation and pranayama. Open to all levels.
Gentle/Restorative Yoga & Meditation w/Nehemiah
Restorative Yoga postures, Breathwork and various Energy~Body~Mind Self-Healing Modalities leading the students spontaneously into deep Meditation at the end of the class. Students can drop in or join at any time into the November-December “Chakra Class Cycle” that will start on Sunday, November 8th or into the January–February 2015 class cycle of “Yogic Windows and Doorways Into Our Inner World and Self-Empowerment”.
Body Mind Centering
Through touch, movement and mindful dialogue, Body-Mind Centering® offers options in how you can feel, move, and relate to others with the support of your embodiment. It helps you change, move, heal, and focus on what matters. While most movement and bodywork focuses on the alignment of bones and the activity of muscles, BMC® can encourage you to release, energize and integrate all of your anatomical systems. Imagine your abdominal organs nourished, your nerves calm and eager to learn new things, your muscles responsive, ligaments supple, and your movement coordinating, flowing and easy. Find and bring forward hidden strengths that balance your body, so overworking parts can rest and relax with alertness, ready for action. Understand how your mind moves through your body and your body through your mind. Through BMC® we can increase our comfort with who we are, exquisitely, and find our own way with ease.
In this class you will learn how to move effortlessly. You will have the power to resolve injuries, to radically slow down the effects of aging on the body and to become better at any physical or mental activity. Whether you are an athlete, a yogi, or trapped in a cubical all day… through this method you will learn to transform any activity (yoga, pilates, dance, running, swimming, walking, sitting, standing) into a way that feels better in your body.
We address the mind through the use of imagery in all its applications and we address the body by teaching you how it is designed to function. In doing this you will cultivate mental clarity and focus, physical strength, balance, alignment, stability and freedom. You will discover a love of movement and embrace the profound beauty and perfection of the human body.
Through movement, dynamic alignment, imagery and the use of props such as balls and thera-bands you will guide your body and mind to its most “feel good”, efficient, aligned, tension free state. Open to everyone- all ages, sizes and fitness level!
Sonia Sequeira, PhD is a Neuroscientist and advisor to the Drug Development Program for Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Sonia is also interested in using rigorous scientific methodologies to study how meditation practice, in its many forms, can be used to improve health in diverse populations.
Sonia has been teaching yoga since 1997 and is a certified Instructor in Hatha, Kundalini and Naam Yoga.
Naam Yoga Classes are suitable and enjoyed by all ages and levels of experience. Naam, means Word, and accordingly describes the key practice of chanting meditation in our classes. Through chanting and breathing exercises know as Pranayama, we learn to control the mind, and to develop the mental flexibility and resilience that embraces happiness. Exercises are selected to adapt to the natural cycles of the body described by ancient yogis. Chanting facilitates the more physical exercises of Yoga know as Asanas. In Naam Yoga, several asanas are used to stretch and tone the body. Classes are 90 min.
Balance and Rhythm for Seniors
This class is terrific for Seniors or anyone working with bone loss—or seeking to prevent it. We begin with 30 minutes of fun, lively dance to world music (including salsa, reggae and pop). After a cool-down, we complement the dance with a safe, effective yoga practice.
This class will help to build bone density, improve heart health, increase energy and well-being, improve muscle tone and coordination, and put a smile in your heart. All levels welcome. Please discuss any injuries or health concerns with your instructor.
Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga is an East Side urban oasis in Murray Hill/Gramercy, near Gramercy Park’s well-walked paths. We invite you to transcend the tensions of city life and join us for a “just right” yoga class with some of the best and most skilled teachers in NYC, an illuminating talk, or a super cool dance party. Come to Reflections and celebrate all of who you are! We are located steps from the 6 or N/R trains to 23rd St., at 227 E. 24th St. between 2nd & 3rd aves., New York City.