OMY Class Descriptions
"We are all just beginners." This class is ideal for beginners and very beneficial to all levels of practitioner. Instruction on correct alignment for common postures, movement support and breathing principles are provided in a way that is achievable for anyone. A slower paced class providing opportunities for increased self-investigation and lasting learning; it may contain relevant discussions of yogic topics such as various Yoga styles or anatomy. Great for beginners or anyone wishing to strengthen their practice.
Sometimes we just need a quiet place to relax and restore. Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures while be guided and usually supported by props like bolsters and blankets. Note that ‘rest’ is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this type of yoga.
A slower, deeper practice where mostly seated positions are held for long periods of time to work restoratively into the muscles, and often includes elements of massage therapy. This combination releases the energy stored deep within the connective tissues of the spine, hips and shoulders and creates space for deeper breath and a quieter mind. This class is suitable for absolutely everyone, especially beginners.
Treat yourself well with a yoga practice at OMY with Cindi Aurentz, MSN, RN, RYT. Cindi is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Cox College in Springfield and a Yoga Teacher with many years of experience with expectant mommies. Prenatal yoga helps you feel focused, flexible, and strong during pregnancy. Circulation, strength, and balance will improve. Feel better and sleep better. More ease in birth and through the postpartum period. Find more energy, confidence, and comfort. Learn important breathing and focusing techniques for the big day!
Iyengar Yoga focuses on precise body alignment, the use of props to help students of all abilities perform the physical postures (asanas), and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. The asanas, complete with modifications for all, build flexibility, strength, balance and stamina. This class is appropriate for absolutely everyone!
The slower pace of this class allows time to modify each posture to best suit your body. These extremely accessible classes are an ideal choice for anyone looking to develop a practice of conscious, mindful movement with some support—from seniors to pregnant women to world-class athletes. We all need to take it easy sometimes, so be bold and go gentle. Your body will thank you!
Connecting breath and movement, this dynamic class focuses on the basics while allowing for exploration of deeper aspects of the practice and building heat. Adjusting direction and intensity to facilitate the individuals present it carefully builds energy towards a peak pose and then back down; a wonderful combination of flowing and static postures making it invigorating and when appropriate, introducing more challenging postures including inversions and balancing poses.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga is a set sequence of classical postures that synchronizes breath with movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body and a great system to learn set postures progressing in difficulty over a long period of time. The led half Primary Series (up to navasana with finishing inversions and backbends) will teach the fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga: ujjayi breath, energy locks, sun salutations, asanas and Vinyasas to prepare the student for development of an established personal practice.
Mysore is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga Yoga and is a great way for beginners to establish a practice. No previous knowledge of the system is required. Students are instructed on an individual basis and learn the traditional sequence of set postures at their pace, arriving and leaving on their schedule. This is NOT a led class but provides personalized guidance from the teacher, with modifications and attention to special needs. It is best for students who are able to commit to attending at least two days a week over a long period of time.