Frequently asked questions

Health Concerns?

Weekly classes, Private Sessions and Yoga Therapy Class are options. Some conditions we treat with yoga...... Autoimmune disorders (MS, thyroid, diabetes, vasculitis; lupus, etc.), hip & knee replacements; HBP, heart and circulatory problems; balance issues; TBI, Osteoporosis, arthritis....and more. Gentle Touch Yoga - Mondays & Thursdays 11am - 12:15 am is a good place to start. Private Sessions - for those whose conditions or injuries cannot be completely addressed in the weekly classes, it is best to set up private sessions (1-3 or more) with Lauren by calling (928) 940-0996 Yoga Therapy Class - for those who've been in classes with Lauren for at least 2 months or have taken private lessons with her; this option gives students more hands on with Lauren and is less costly than private sessions. Yoga Therapy Class is by appointment only. Tuesdays. 11-12:30 am; $20 for single class; $80/5 classes

What class is best for me?

New to Yoga? Do you have health concerns? do you want to learn progressively to avoid injuries? Do you want more mobility, stability, better balance? Want a workout? We have a variety of classes for you. New to Yoga classes Gentle Touch Yoga - is for step-by-step learning; for health concerns: hip & knee replacements; balance issues; autoimmune disorders; HBP; etc. Good for those new to yoga who have been sedintary and want to build moblity, flexiblity, stability and strength. Mondays & Thursdays. 11am - 12:15 pm. (ongoing classes; drop-ins welcome) Yin Yoga - unknow yourself with deep stretching to target the fascia (lining) of the muscles, allowing joints to be "oiled" and freed up for less friction and better action. Beginners welcome. Mondays beginning July 6 2020 and into the summer Flow Mixed Levels - for stronger, more athletic students want a bit more workout; learn to use breath coordinated with the flow of movement to build flexibility, strength, endurance and a focused mind. Wednsdays 9-10:15 am; Fridays 9-10:15 am begins July 24, 2020 For those who've practiced 6 months+ Inner Awareness Iyengar Yoga- begin to hold poses longer for strength, flexibility and concentration; learn inversions for improved immune system function; practice ropes for greater opening of shoulders and hips; learn basic breath control (pranayama) to generate greater energy. Learn basic yogic philosophy to improve self reflection. Thursdays 9-10:15 am; Saturdays 8:30 - 10 am Iyengar Yoga Beyond the Basics -Intermediate; refine the practice of the basic poses and connect to more advanced poses; increase length of time in inversions to bring more mental stability. Deepen breath control (pranayama) for improved energy; learn to employ yogic philosophy in life; beginning meditation practice. Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am Meditation - bring quiet and calm to your life with this weekly class that teaches you how to work with your mind and overcome the tendencies that disturb your mind, body and spirit. Beginners and those more practiced are welcome. Sundays 9am - 10:15 am Health Concerns? See the FAQ "Health Concerns" about the classes, privates and our Yoga Therapy Class options we offer.

Other classes offered at OSYC

Meditation - ongoing year round; de-stress; quiet your mind; become more focussed; greater self-reflection; improve sleep; become more peaceful; improve relationships. Drop-Ins and beginners Welcome; Sundays 9-10:15 am Philosophy Classes - from time to time we offer focused philosophy classes to give students a deeper connection to the vast realm that is YOGA. Look at our schedule for the next one offered. Workshops - Yoga Therapeutic Classes addressing particular common issues such as back pain, shoulder and neck pain, knee pain, Osteoporosis/Osteopenia, HBP, menopause, etc. are offered. Check our schedule for the next one offered. Tai Chi - improve balance; help with body pain; slow down; improve concentration. Drop-Ins Welcome. The first 6 session series starts June 13, 2020; check our schedule for the 2nd - 6 session series start dates. It's All on the EVENTS page Go to our "events" to view the newest special classes, workshops and events.

Styles of Yoga offered at OSYC

IYENGAR YOGA, is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga put forth in Patanjali’s treatise on yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, that was codified over 2500 years ago. Through the in-depth study of yoga and through his guidance, Yogacharya, BKS Iyengar has transformed the teaching of yoga for our time. What distinguishes Iyengar Yoga is the emphasis on the alignment of body, breath, mind, and spirit within each yoga pose. This precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility, reduces potential for injury, maximizes the benefits, and provides a deepened sense of equanimity with all and a deeper connection to in one’s inner life. PRANAYAMA (taught in the Iyengar Classes) – breath control, is an essential practice for those wishing to deepen their practice and expand their conscious awareness. Pranayama is a vital practice for generating energy for the body and mind. Pranayama practices are the doorways to the deeper practices including dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). Due to the effect that breath control has on the physical body and especially the nervous system, in the Iyengar method, the practices aren’t introduced until a steadiness is achieved in the asanas. Breath practices are usually paired with restorative asanas that are inward-focused to awaken the subtle body. At OSYC the last Saturday of most months teach Pranayama as part of the Saturday morning Iyengar Yoga class. FLOW YOGA– also know as “Vinyasa” (arranging something in a special way), is one of the most ubiquitous styles in the west. In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. This dynamic style is an exploration of the many boundaries of the body and mind. The poses (standing, seated, twisting, abdominal, inverting) are linked to and through Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward facing Dog, one of the poses of Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations. Beyond this, Krishnamacharya, the great yogi of the early 20th century, emphasized vinyasa as an artful approach to living, a way of applying the skill and awareness of yoga to all the rhythms and sequences of life, including self-care, relationships, work, and personal evolution. YIN YOGA (Yin/Yang Yoga as practiced at OSYC) - targets the fascia or connective tissue. It is slow and static, like traction. Muscles are relaxed and joints are exercised relieving stiffness and preventing degeneration. It also stimulates synovial fluid which “oils the joints” and encourages the flow of chi (energy).” Yin postures are held anywhere from 1 minute to 5 minutes depending on how advanced the student or class is. These postures mostly target the hips and spine. Props are used with the goal of achieving total relaxation as in Restorative Yoga. The Yin/Yang Class at OSYC starts with some Yang (flow) movement to stimulate the chi or life force that flows through all living things. The practice ends in Pentacle (Savasana -total relaxation). The Yin practice encourages the release of expectations and to go toward stillness!

What if I'm a "real" beginner in yoga or meditation?

Everyone was a beginner at one you're not alone. Our OSYC staff is particularly adept at guiding those who have never practiced yoga or meditation. We individualize poses and practices to insure you're "not holding anyone back" or "feeling left out". Private Sessions are available if someone has a particular health challenge that prevents them from participating in the general classes.