Mind-Body Studio

Contact

WENDY SHUTTY
Fitness Director
wendy@saymca.org

 

MindBodyStudioTai Chi

Tai Chi is a slow, gentle form of exercise that uses agile stepping to regain/maintain body awareness and strength. Research has proven that Tai Chi helps with fall prevention by increasing balance and mental focus.  Tai chi can be done anywhere, including a chair if necessary, and requires no special equipment (loose clothing and low sole shoes are suggested.) The word Chu’an indicates the Tai Chi is for health purposes; it is not a martial arts class.

  • Tai Chi for Energy – This class combines slow and smooth with fast bursts of energy.  For anyone who thinks Tai Chi is too slow!  Suitable for all fitness levels.
  • Tai Chi Intermediate – This class is for practitioners who have some experience and want to take their practice deeper or learn new forms.  This class will also include more advanced Qigong.  Feeling comfortable with the principles we use is a prerequisite.
  • Tai Chi Advanced – The full name and style of this advanced class is “Advanced 73 Forms (Sun Style)”.  The “Tai Chi Advanced” class is for people who have been practicing Tai Chi long enough to feel ready for a more challenging, strenuous practice.  This class requires greater leg strength and balance to achieve more difficult movements.  Participants should be familiar with the principles taught in the beginner class, since less instruction is given in this advanced class.

 

Yang Tai Chi

This is the most commonly practiced tai chi style.  Flowing, graceful movements increase strength and flexibility while calming the mind.

P.A.C.E.: “People with Arthritis Can Exercise”

This class is for individuals with arthritis (or not) who have the balance, strength and body control to hold him/herself in various positions at or on a chair. Special props are used for exercise and assistance. (Participant must be able to independently get down and up from the chair and positions.)

 

Pilates

This mat-based mind-body class (sometimes with props is a muscle-conditioning class for all ages that encourages correct posture, tone and strong muscles, long and sleek body lines, increased flexibility and agility, and a challenge to the mind.  You will feel an inner and outer strength.  This Pilates Principles are:

  1. CONCENTRATION – focusing your thoughts on the area being exercised, and paying attention/noticing how your muscles respond.
  2. CONTROL – eliminating sloppy, involuntary, jerky, or hurried movements, and focusing on slow and smooth movements instead.
  3. CORE STABILITY – learning and practicing the development of a strong core that will support the rest of the body, because core stability is fundamental for aligning and balancing the body while protecting the spine.
  4. BREATHING – taking full breaths, then expelling them completely, to relieve stress and increase energy by delivering more oxygen to your muscles.
  5. PRECISION IN REGARDS TO ALIGNEMENT – it is important to perform every single direction to the later – just a 1/2 inch out of correct alignment is much less effective…and a safety concern.
  6. VISUALIZATION – the mind should work in conjunction with the body…once you see the correct movement in your mind’s eye, the body can better follow.
  7. INTEGRATION OF THE FIRST 6 PRINCIPLES – bringing together the first 6 principles when performing an exercise, so that you feel your body as a whole even if working on one particular muscle group.

 

Yoga

Yoga Fundamentals

This workshop series of 6 weeks is designed for anyone brand new to yoga or for those wishing to get a re-fresh on the basics.  We will focus on the why, how, and when of yoga.  Each class in this 6-week series will build upon the other resulting in a good foundation of the basics allowing for a smooth transition to our Gentle Flow Yoga class.

Gentle Flow Yoga

This class is a “stepping stone” class from the “Yoga Fundamentals”, when you are feeling ready to advance into flowing movements. You will continue learning Yoga postures and terminology, but flows will be added. The “Vinyasa” (flow) of the class is slower than our Vinyasa class.

 

EarlyBird Yoga

Come do your sun salutations along with the rise of the sun; well, actually before the rise of the sun. Practicing early morning Yoga can help you seize the day both mentally and physically. And, you may just find your early morning practice energizes you more than that first cup of coffee!

 

Vinyasa Yoga

This class an active, invigorating, flowing progression of postures for a moderately challenging practice.  Coordination of breathing and movement is emphasized. This class features functional strength, flexibility, muscle balancing and relaxation/meditation. **If you are new to Yoga, please consider first doing our Beginner Yoga classes for the foundation needed for participating in this class.**

 

Intermediate Yoga

This class is for those who have been taking the above Yoga classes for some time, and are feeling ready to deepen their personal practice and experience of the poses, flows and breathing.

 

Chair Yoga

This chair-based and chair-supported 30 minute Yoga class gently works on flexibility, mobility and strength. It is excellent for those who would like the benefits of Yoga practice without getting down on the floor. Don’t let the chair fool you; the method is gentle, but the Yoga is challenging.

 

Adaptive Yoga

This Yoga class is for those who need to learn and perform very gentle, adapted poses. It is designed for beginners of all ages and those with medical issues who desire a gentle Yoga flow for stress reduction, injury rehabilitation and relief from chronic lower back and joint pain. If you are recovering from an injury, have chronic pain, joint issues or just want to move more intentionally through the practice, this class is a great option. The pace of the class will give you time to comfortably transition between postures (stretches) and teach you how to protect those knees, hips, and wrists that are not the joints they once were.

 

Wall Yoga

This class is for all levels and is practiced on the racquetball court utilizing the wall space for poses.  Offered occasionally, check the schedule for days and times

 

YFM: Yoga for Men

This class is geared for men who are beginning their yoga journey.

Please bring your own mats for Yoga & Pilates!
We have some spares if you forget or have not yet purchased your own.

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