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 sold shoes are suggested.) The word Chu’an indicates the Tai Chi is for health purposes; it is not a martial arts class.

  • 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

Beginner Yoga (50) and Beginner Yoga

This is a class for those brand new to Yoga or feeling inexperienced, but if you have been an attendee of other Yoga classes and want to revisit the fundamentals of Yoga, feel free to attend this class. In this class, you will learn introductory Yoga poses and terminology, along with proper form, technique and breathing. If there is a (50) following the name, the class is 50 minutes in length rather that 55-60 minutes.

Beginner Yoga 4-week series:

  • Beginner Yoga classes are now taught in an ongoing 4-week series.  Soemtimes, there will be a week 5, which is a content review week of the prior 4 weeks.  Look for the number beside “Beginner Yoga” name to know which week it is in the series>  Even thought it is good to start with week 1, you can start attending the classes at any time, no matter what week it is withing the series.
  • The Beginner Yoga 4-week series is an opportunity for you to learn, review or renew your understanding of basic Yoga poses.  Each class in the series introduces new poses and practices, but each class also builds on the content of the classes that came before.
  • While the series is geared toward beginners, all levels are welcome.  Consider revisiting the classes in the repeating 4-week series as needed, to review or refine aspects of your practice (even if you have been attending the more advanced Yoga classes.
  • At the end of the 4-week series, participants should have a well-rounded introduction to Yoga.

 

Flow Yoga Basics

This class is a “stepping stone” class from the “Beginner Yoga”, 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.

 

Yin Yoga

This gentle yoga class involves longer holding of a few restorative postures, focusing on relaxation with an emphasis on stillness and the breath.  Yin Yoga is great for all ages and bodies, including runners, those with tight hips/hamstrings or anyone looking to increase flexibility.

 

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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