Home | Schedule | Class Descriptions | Registration/Fees | Special Events and Workshops | Wellness Practitioners | Children's Yoga | Meet Our Teachers | Teacher Trainings | Contact & Location

newyoga10.jpg

Class Descriptions

img_1356.jpg

Our classes are offered in comfortable, serene surroundings. Both rooms are equipped with mats and all the props needed to provide a safe , individually tailored practice for our students.
Drop ins are always welcome.

Welcome to our center. I would like to first answer the question: "What is Yoga?" before describing our classes.

Please see class and level descriptions below.

Yoga is an ancient practice that seeks to create union between mind, body and spirit. It is a journey that leads us toward deeper self awareness and a greater sense of well being. In the west we tend to think of Yoga as the various postures and breath (Hatha Yoga). Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, one of the ancient texts of yoga, describe the practice as having 8 limbs which address all aspects of our lives as well as the disciplines and understandings which lead towards deeper self knowledge and meditation.

Hatha Yoga is that branch of Yoga that primarily involves physical discipline and effort through postures (asanas) and breath control/restraint (pranayama) to promote health and well-being.  The many benefits of Hatha Yoga include increased strength, flexibility and resiliency of the body, especially the spine. Through regular practice you will also experience improved concentration, self awareness, relaxation and mindfullness as you move through your days. 

Patanjali’s elucidation of the 8 limbs of yoga is the foundation of and guides our approach to practice and teaching yoga. We strongly emphasize support and alignment within the postures, providing safety and an efficient use of energy and effort. We seek to support each student's ability to explore the multiple layers of the inner and outer experience that is found in the practice. I would call our approach ‘Coming Home’. It is a style that gently and safely welcomes students home to their bodies. Focused on an overall sense of well-being, it invites them into the experience of being present and exploring their potential for growth. This allows the breath to fill the posture, the mind to rest and the self to be revealed.

I sincerely hope that your experience at The Avalon Yoga and Wellness Center is one that encourages your desire for self knowledge and contributes to your experience of health and well being.

 

Leslie Coombs ERYT 500

Owner/Director/Instructor

Please note: All classes, unless otherwise noted, are adult classes. Students must be at least 14 year of age to attend these classes.

Intro & Guided Meditation click here

Yoga Foundations

For those students who have never done yoga this is the perfect place to start. This class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of proper alignment, support and breath awareness in the basic Yoga postures (asanas), The class emphasizes the standing postures and the sun salutation series is introduced as the session progresses..

Level 1

For students who have completed Yoga Foundations or who have previous experience. Students continue to work with the basic postures to develop increased strength, flexibility and awareness. The postures and breath awareness are refined and some variations are introduced. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation Flow) and introductory flows are used in all Level 1 classes except the Iyengar style.

Iyengar style: emphasis is on correct alignment of the asana with the help of various props. To allow students to focus on the integrity of each posture, they are done individually without a sequencing flow.

Level 2

Postures increase in intensity and difficulty as strength and endurance develop.  Preparations for inversions are introduced. Students are strongly encouraged to begin a regular home practice.

Level 3

For ongoing Yoga students. Greater strength and flexibility is required. Pranyama is included. Inversions are a regular part of the practice at this level. It is recommended that students at this level maintain a home practice as well.

Yoga Core Focus

This class offers a full yoga practice with an emphasis on awakening the core. The first 3 chakras are located in the abdominal and pelvic areas. A focus on both strengthening and release in this area helps to create a sense of integration throughout the body and awakens creative energies. The practice will help to stabilize the spine and increase vitality. This class is taught as a vigorous level 1 but will offer variations for more well practiced yogis. Foundations class or previous yoga experience required.

Children'sYoga  (check schedule for ages)

Through games and activities, we will explore yoga postures to help children feel grounded, find their balance and begin exploring their own creativity. Children will increase their self-awareness and self confidence through movement and breath awareness . Children in these age groups are already exploring abstract concepts such as cooperation, freedom, security, loss and generosity.  Adventures in Yoga  explores these concepts and more.  

 

Chi Yoga Flow

 

This class offers creative, fluid, and meditative flows that incorporate  elements from hatha yoga and chi flow motions. They are put together into a wavelike moving sequence to open the physical as well as the energy body, release blockages, inviting new energy to come in revitalizing your whole being.

The flows are in alignment with the quality of the season as well as the lunar and solar qualities of the day. All levels are welcome.

 

Community Yoga (1 Hour)

This class offers a guided practice and is best suited to those students who have previously been introduced to the yoga basics. This is a great class for current students wanting an extra, guided practice during the week, students returning from a break in their practice, and those whose schedules don't allow for regular attendance in an ongoing class.  Please note that this is a multi level class that is of shorter duration. You will not receive the individual attention or step by step introduction to the postures and breathwork that is offered in the ongoing session classes. If you are a beginning student or are looking for a more in depth understanding of yoga or to deepen your practice we would encourage you to join a 10 week class. 

 

Gentle Yoga

 

This class is designed for students who need a slower pace and therapeutic approach to their practice. Creative adaptations help them find their way into the yoga postures comfortably.  A variety of props are used to afford students the ability to work at their own level and pace to accomodate restrictions and/or limitations. Level appropriate  pranayama is included to facilitate relaxation and stress reduction.

 

Pilates Mat

The Pilates mat class works on core strength resulting in a more toned and flexible body. Pilates exercises emphasize the core muscles of the abs, back, buttucks, and thighs. This class will end with a relaxation period and will leave you feeling energized and balanced.

 

Prenatal Yoga

 

This class offers a gentle yoga practice intended to empower the expectant mother.  Honor your pregnancy with a practice designed to awaken your energy and influence your body positively as you progress through the stages of pregnancy and prepare for the birth of your little one. All levels welcome.


 

Please contact us with any questions or suggestions:
410-869-9771
info@avalonywc.com.com
 
Avalon Yoga & Wellness Center 
      10 Winters Lane * Catonsville MD * 21228