Integrative Medicine Class Descriptions

Prenatal yoga

Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay fit during pregnancy, and can be done during the entire pregnancy. Prenatal yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall comfort. It can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. Prenatal yoga poses are modified to help pregnant women avoid lying on their backs or causing damage to their loose joints. The breathing and meditation aspects of prenatal yoga can also be used in the delivery room, helping a woman in labor to breathe through pain and anxiety.

Chair yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle yoga practice with modified yoga poses that are done while seated in a chair, making yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. While seated in chairs, students will do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants will also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is a great for beginners. Students will learn basic poses and practice breathing and meditation. The instructor will bring you through a series of poses designed to work together for better alignment in your body. Gentle yoga is for those who want to move slower with explanations or modifications.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is flow yoga, but stronger. It uses a series of isometric poses to help burn calories and strengthen your body, incorporating down dog and chaturanga poses, as well as inversions and arm balances. It is great for all levels, and the heat helps facilitate flexibility and cleansing.

Morning Guided Meditation

Start your day right and enjoy the benefits all week long by letting go of stress and tension. Explore a variety of meditation techniques such as guided visualization, walking meditation, mantra, and other forms of practice. Meditation can reverse your stress response, shielding you from the effects of chronic stress. During this class, your heart rate and breathing will slow, your blood pressure will normalize, your body will use oxygen more efficiently, and you will sweat less. Your mind will clear and your creativity will increase.

T’ai Chi (6 week progressive course)
T’ai chi (TIE-CHEE) helps reduce stress and anxiety and helps increase flexibility and balance. T’ai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner. Often described as meditation in motion, t’ai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. T’ai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. It may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.