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The Nia Technique- Classic Nia
60 minute non-impact class that blends uplifting music with dance, martial arts and yoga-type floorplay. If you like Jazzercise or Zumba, you’ll love Nia. All the music and easy-to-embrace choreography, minus harsh impact or senseless flailing. With Nia, you’ll learn how to consciously move your body, in a variety of healthy ways, while en-Joy-ing yourself.
If you want to: Improve balance, heart and lung (“cardio”) function, reaction time, and coordination. Increase your sense of joy and expressiveness. Feel exhilarated versus exhausted, improve/balance your mood, find your voice, be part of a community, and sleep better.
If you like : Zumba, Jazzercise, any kind of dancing, music, old-school aerobics.
The Nia Technique- Nia: Slowdance
Similar to a classic Nia class, Nia: Slowdance takes class at a slower pace. NSD starts with a longer warmup and moves into the “Get Moving” Cycle (cardio section) with a slower tempo, though continues to be cardiovascular training. You’ll get to make your movements bigger and with more consciousness. Those new to Nia may enjoy the slower tempo and less frequent changes in the choregraphy.If you want to: relaxing while exercising, being in community, increasing mindfulness and playfulness. Acknowledging and embracing where you are at in your conditioning program (plus all the benefits of Classic Nia, see above)
Good For: Every Body! Especially those who want more time to luxuriate in their movement.
This 60-minute class is based on Nia’s somatic education where you’ll be invited to sense your body. Throughout class you’ll have time to be present to your body’s experience and make choices for more pleasure and conditioning. Unique to BodySense, you’ll be guided to Sense your body in movement, in space and in alignment at your own pace. This class is perfect for all levels.
If you want to: build overall strength and flexibility while becoming more aware of your sensing your body, even the small details of your body. Improves posture and core strength. Self-heal from pain around specific joints: shoulder, spine, hip and knee. Decrease anxiousness and become more grounded. Improves breath control and helps you slow down.
If you like: traditional yoga, stretching, meditation, Pilates, Feldenkrais (Awareness through Movement), Tai Chi, Chi Gong.
Tai Chi & Qigong*
This 60 minute class taught by SiFu Viola Brumbaugh focuses on the traditional Yang Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) 108 form as its foundation, along with silk reeling, Longevity Joint Lubrication Qigong (Chi Kung), applications and push hands. Students of all levels welcome.
If you want: inner strength, a balance of stability with mobility, enhance your flexibility, enhance your balance. Tues/Thur 8:30-9:30am.
If you like: slow dancing, meditation, a slower, quieter pace class expience and mind-body connection.
*This class is offered through Sifu Viola with seperate pricing. Details here.
Yoga For Our Times*
Marybeth discovered yoga in high school in 1963 and has been practicing ever since. As a professional dancer, she traveled to many countries taking yoga with her as the one constant in a fast-paced, ever-changing life. Trained in the therapeutic viniyoga tradition, she’s been teaching since 2001. Her classes adapt the yoga to the body, not the body to the yoga. With her dance background, Marybeth promises that there will always be movement and fun in her classes. Wed & Fri 9:30-10:45am.
If you want or need: a quiet contemplative practice where you can spend time with yourself in a friendly-supportive environment.
*This class is offered through Marybeth Spector with separate pricing. Details here.
Also: It is Marybeth’s joy to combine her love of yoga and movement to share with you some of the best locally- and regionally-made movement oriented clothing in her Boutique at the Top of the Stairs. She offers a selection of Blue Canoe, Nuu-Muu, and her own line WabiSabiWear. All garments are made of new fiber blends and are resilient, washable, packable, comfortable, and a little elegant.
Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement (ATM)*
Do nagging injuries keep you from doing the things you love? Invest an hour to slow down, and use this space to (re)learn how to cultivate your own inner genius.
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease
and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.
If you want or need: self-healing through a slow, internal experience. Re-educate yourself on movement habits and patterns that may not be healthy. Live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
*This class is offered through Erik LaSeur with seperate pricing. Details and more information here.
Jill’s unique practice of embodying Nia’s 52 moves. This 60-minute class guides you through Nia’s 52 moves in a meditative way, similar to the energy of a Tai Chi. Excellent class for those wanting to move at their own pace with increased consciousness. Good for those new to Nia, recovering from illness/injury or demanding athletic training. A very peaceful and energizing class.If you want to: Embody Nia’s 52 moves. Lower anxiety and relieve stress, guide yourself at your pace, increase balance and connect to your whole body. Improve posture. Increase sensing your body and inner-ward peace.If you like: Tai Chi, Chi Gong, flow yoga, Nia, Feldenkrais, Modern Dance. This class is currently not being offered.