Yoga Classes

Introducing Patricia Marie Hillyard, IYT, e-RYT 500; Professional Yoga Therapist and Yoga Instructor since 1975.

“My approach to a yoga practice is to create a sacred space, a place to honor the body and listen to the teacher within. I offer each class as a prayer.”

The Purpose of Yoga is to completely relax, tone and revitalize the entire system and help you control and relax the mind.

The Goal of Yoga is to have a body of perfect health and strength, a mind with all clarity and calmness, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a will as pliable as steel, a heart full of love and compassion, a life full of dedication and realization of the True Self.

Therapeutic Yin Yoga

A quiet practice that compliments your regular dynamic yoga practice. Yin Yoga targets the spine, hips and legs and releases energy to the joints unlike a dynamic yoga practice that directs the energy to the muscles. A small number of poses are held comfortably for approximately 3 to 5 minutes each using props if you wish to support your pose. Each pose is designed to open meridians (superhighways through the body, carrying energy or prana). Yin Yoga applies strategic stress to connective tissues to help prevent deterioration of connective tissue which happens as we age. We increase our range of motion and reverse our aging process through Yin Yoga.

Dates and Times: Thursdays 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Therapeutic Flow Yoga

The practice of smooth transition of asanas or postures. A great class for yogis and yoginis with either a basic or continuing practice looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of asana, build strength and endurance, while being challenged to explore more advanced variations in a safe environment. Emphasis is placed on the use of breath and learning the basic principles of alignment of your body to experience the full benefit of the pose and avoid injury. Each class explores yoga therapy, yoga philosophy, some pranayama, fun asana sequencing, and exploration of flow yoga, linking breath to movement. As your breath becomes more in tune with your movement, it not only strengthens the body, but brings focus and clarity to mind, grounding you firmly into the present.

FAQs for Beginners

  • First, and foremost – yoga is for everyone and always has been!  All who come to Medicine Wheel  Wellness Center are welcomed. If this is your first time to yoga, please come with an open mind and an open heart. Yoga is unlike anything you may have ever tried before! Also bring with you a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. Here are some other suggestions:
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early so that you have time to relax. The beginning of each class is one of the most important times for focusing within.
  • This time is especially for you, please do not bring your cell phone in or turn it off.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after class.
  • Try to avoid eating a meal less than two hours prior to class and one hour after class.
  • Stay until the end, the final pose is one of the most beneficial poses for your central nervous system and your overall relaxation.

What do I wear?

Comfortable, breathable and stretchable bottoms, and tops that will not come over your head when you bend over. We prefer bare feet, please leave your socks and shoes outside the room and, please avoid wearing perfumes, colognes or scented lotions.

Do I need to bring anything?

You can borrow one of our sticky mats if you do not have your own, but we recommend you purchase your own mat for sanitation purposes. We have mats, blocks, straps, sand bags, therapy balls, and eye pillows available for purchase in our retail area. We also provide blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters if you wish to use ours.

What if I just can’t do a pose?

If you encounter a pose that you are not quite ready for, you can always ask the teacher for modifications. You can also opt to rest, or do another pose that you would like to work on. The important thing to remember is that this is your practice. We foster a non-competitive environment and ask that you honor your body and do only what is comfortable and feels right to you. With time, you may find that you can, indeed, master that challenging pose.

Prices:

$ 10.00 drop in
$ 45.00 for 5 classes
$ 80.00 for 10 classes
Introductory Offer: 1st package purchased $35.00 for 5 classes $65.00 for 10 classes