Hatha yoga integrates body, mind, and breath into a practice that teaches us how to live in harmony with our total environment for the rest of our life.
The goal is a healthier body, an adaptable mind, emotional clarity, and a connection to the stillness at the heart of our being.
Give time and devotion to your yoga practice and it will transform your life into an unimaginable possibility! Click on a class below to read its description.
- Continuing Practice
- $5 Community Yoga
- Hatha Flow
- Chi Core Yoga
- Seniors Yoga
- Healing Yoga
- Mastering Yoga Basics
- Evening Yin Yoga
- Prenatal Yoga
- Hatha Meditation Flow
- Private Classes
At The Movement Center we practice hatha yoga primarily to release tension and feel the flow of prana (vital force) – the fount of health and well-being. With this in mind, the quantity and complexity of asanas learned is not a primary goal, rather, it’s the integration of body, mind, and breath as an entree to spirit that we are excited about. So, we have chosen to call our beyond-beginner classes, “Continuing Practice” to honor this intention and make our classes accessible to as many people as possible. Attendance at most of the Continuing Practice yoga classes require that you have a familiarity with the basic asana repertoire, awareness of your body and breath, and a sense of knowing how to use your body in the yoga poses. You are encouraged to practice at a pace led by your own breath to make the class a deep personal experience.
$5 Community Yoga
A commitment to affordable yoga classes for everyone. We appreciate that a yearly financial commitment to yoga is not possible for everyone. Community Yoga classes are $5/class, or whatever is affordable. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. These are 1 to 1 1/4-hour practices offered 5 times a week. They can be characterized as “Open Level,” i.e. taught for the average student who does not need special attention in class. If you have taken some yoga before, or even if it’s been a long time since you’ve practiced, you’ll likely do fine in Community Yoga.
Practice attunement to your breath, heart and experience while building strength and flexibility. These classes take you into an active and strong practice in which you are invited to move with intentionality and precision. If you have an injury, limited range of motion, or are new to yoga, these classes may not be appropriate for you; please consult with the individual teacher before attending.
Chi Core Yoga
A dynamic, energizing flowing yoga form developed by Jesse Sweeney, refined over more than a decade. This practice weaves together martial arts, yoga and Chi Gong. Chi Core yoga enhances balance, flexibility, energy flow and strength within a dynamic movement sequence. It teaches your body how to function as an integrated unit and can be adapted to all levels of participation.
Senior’s yoga is a class designed for individuals 62 years and up. Traditionally yoga was taught to students individually by the teacher. In “Senior’s Only” yoga we use that same approach because older bodies have such unique histories and patterns. The teacher, Lenore Bijan, works with students to improve proprioceptive balance (the balance one has – or really needs – with eyes closed), of major importance in preventing serious injury from falls. Because the rhythm underlying and empowering everything in yoga is the breath, its awareness and control will be a vital part of each class.
Yoga is often seen as a world of fit and flexible people who look great on magazine covers. But what about everybody else, especially people struggling with illness or injury or just having difficulty finding a healthy lifestyle? Hundreds of research studies and anecdotal evidence have demonstrated that yoga practice is of significant benefit in healing from injury and surgery, as well as a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Who can attend? The student who is feeling “under the weather” and wants a gentler practice this week, or someone wishing to integrate yoga with another healing program, or someone dealing with a chronic condition. There’s no sequence so you are welcome to try the class once or attend on an occasional or long-term basis.
Restore & Strengthen with Yoga
A nourishing, integrative yoga practice for building strength safely and gradually. We’ll focus on moving from our center, with the breath, to get strong from the inside out. Each class ends with integrative relaxation.
You are welcomed and encouraged to call us and talk about your interests, goals, and current state of health, or better yet, come over and we can talk in person about how you can get started, and show you around The Movement Center.
Mastering Yoga Basics
This class is a space to strengthen and further develop your understanding of the basics of hatha yoga. Begining students and continuing practitioners alike will benefit from this exploration and practice.
During pregnancy your body undergoes many changes – postural, hormonal, cardiovascular and muscular – that have a profound impact on your physical and emotional well-being. Yoga will help you feel your best at every stage! It alleviates many common discomforts of pregnancy, preparing your body and breath for labor and childbirth. After delivery, yoga helps you regain muscle tone. Yoga is appropriate for virtually everyone, but please check with your healthcare provider first. Yoga is also a fine compliment to other prenatal and fitness programs such as water aerobics and walking.
Intentional Relaxation (formerly Rest & Restore Yoga)
In a world where doing is valued far more than being, restorative yoga practices are often overlooked. We invite you to clear some time in your busy life and nourish yourself deeply in Intentional Relaxation. The simplicity of this practice makes it possible for anyone to do – beginners and ongoing students alike are always welcome. Come practice with us, learn to relax, and connect deeply to your highest intention for well-being. The rest of your life will thank you!
Evening Yin Yoga
This calming yin yoga class on Fridays from 6:15-7:30 PM is geared towards winding down and letting go of a busy week to bring mind body back into balance. The focus here is on holding restorative postures for an extended period of time and slowly releasing with the breath increasing flexibility. Staying with the sensations in the body from the intense to the more subtle leads to a deep mind body release. The transformation that occurs through yin yoga is central in my practice where I draw inspiration to create a self-explorative environment for renewal.
Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating postures, movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention. You will be introduced to: Grounding to the energy of the earth Clearing, energizing and balancing qigong exercises. Sound and Color Vibration Therapy for freeing up stuck energy, nourishing your organs, calming your mind. If you are recovering from surgery, come… have weak, stiff, unsteady limbs? Come… can stand only for a short while, come… this can change…come as you are….
Hatha Meditation Flow
This class is designed to support you in your meditation practice. The common hindrances to meditation (discomfort in a seated position, mental chatter, disconnection with the breath) will be contacted and worked with, so you can encounter your hour of meditation with increased ease and attention, and less resistance from the body and mind. Following this practice, you’re invited to join The Movement Center’s *Eyes-Open Class in the Meditation Hall. * An introduction to this practice is required before the time you attend. You can schedule it through our offices by calling 503-231-0383.
Private Yoga Instruction Whether you are an experienced yogi, a novice or simply investigating something new, private instruction is a valuable tool for developing your practice. The Movement Center offers private classes to help you develop a practice that is vital, appropriate to you and respectful of your body’s issues. Our experienced instructors are skilled in several different types of yoga and are available for one on one instruction, small group classes, and classes in the workplace.