Class Descriptions

Sheila Cullen specializes in teaching yoga practices that cultivate focus and stillness. Her hatha classes are slow and mindful. This does not necessarily  mean “easy” She will teach you to find proper alignment using props and modifications as necessary to create the most balanced practice for each student. She encourages students to take the time to tune into the sensations that are created in any given pose.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. All physical styles of yoga are considered Hatha Yoga. (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara, etc)

Hatha Basics

This class is appropriate for those new to yoga, or those that may have been away from the practice that want to revisit the basics of their core yoga practice.

Hatha for Life

This is a yoga practice for mid life and beyond. (Although all students are welcome) This class explores both the physical power and transformative potential of yoga, and encourages students to develop mindfulness, confidence, and compassion through an emphasis on the breath, heart, and body alignment.

 

Restore and Renew

Sheila’s philosophy is that a “Being” instead of “Doing” practice is imperative for bringing balance into your life. She encourages students to include at least one of these classes per week (if not more) for a well rounded Yoga schedule

YIN Yoga

Based on the teachings of the Chinese model of yoga, this class consists of sequences of long held (up to 5 minutes) Yin poses (mostly seated passive poses) to benefit and gently release the joints and tendons. Once physically open, energy (chi) is able to flow more freely helping to release old physical and emotional patterns. Each class has a particular focus often related to the season. The class ends with a short meditation period to allow the individual to fully incorporate the natural congruency between inner and outer, upper and lower, and yin and yang aspects of the body and mind

Restorative Yoga

Through the use of yoga props this class teaches a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. The supported poses allow the body to relax and open, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression. This is a very important practice for building immunity and bringing the body to balance. All levels are welcome.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an ancient Tantric yogic practice of deeply relaxed meditation. It is a  systematic approach that essentially massages the brain by taking a guided  journey through different body parts. This induces  a profound state of receptive relaxation.  It is typically practiced lying down. Within this deep state of effortlessness, your innate “knowing” or intelligence reveals solutions, revelations and resolutions that you are seeking (consciously or subconsciously)- so that you can address the issues, questions and conundrums of your daily life. With a regular Yoga Nidra Practice, it is common for spontaneous physical, psychological and interpersonal transformational shifts to occur. Visit here for more info on Yoga Nidra.

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