Just Plain Yoga
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camp hill, pennsylvania     
 
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JUST PLAIN YOGA
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Below you will find general class descriptions. Each of our instructors brings their own unique presentation to a class based on their influences from training, teachers, and styles (Krishnamacharya, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Prana Flow, Amrit Yoga, Iyengar, Yin, etc.). For classes held in a specific style or tradition, a separate class description is included under the category.

 

FOR BEGINNERS OR THOSE WHO WANT TO SLOW DOWN
Pace:extremely slow/slow
Focus: stretching/relaxing
Intensity: gentle, mellow, soothing
Suitable For: All levels, beginners, practitioners seeking to slow down and relax, and practitioners feeling out-of-shape and inflexible. Basic asana and pranayama; does not include inversions.

Easy Hatha
This 60 minutes class is great for beginners or people who just want to take an hour to slow down and calm down! You will be guided through a gentle flow of yoga poses to stretch and relax the body. The postures will vary slightly from week to week including joint opening warm-ups, basic standing poses, gentle balance poses, seated forward bends and twists, and a guided relaxation. This soothing practice allows you to get in touch with your breath and calm the body and mind.

Gentle Kripalu® Yoga
This 60 minute class is great for beginners—and everyone interested in exploring a gentle practice. The class includes pranayama (breath control / breathing exercises), as well as a variety of foundational asana (postures) - standing, seated, and supine. Like most yoga styles, Kripalu® includes the classic postures and focus on the breath. Kripalu® Yoga is defined by the emphasis on non-judgmental self-awareness,compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness (observing without judgment), and following the flow of prana (life force energy). Experience a soothing practice of quieting the mind while stretching and relaxing the body.

Kids' Yoga and Kid's Yoga Party
Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) classes incorporate singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more. KAY yoga is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness and manage the spectrum of emotions that they experience in their day-to-day activities. They don’t even notice that they are practicing yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing) they are having so much fun.

Tai Chi
A gentle way to fight stress. If you are looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Who can do tai chi? Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all age and fitness levels.

Yoga Nidra – Deep Relaxation
Amrit Yoga based guided relaxation for stress relief and rejuvenation. Do you suffer from stress? Stress affects everyone; do something about it by doing absolutely nothing! De-stress during Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation designed for relaxation. What to expect: you will be guided step-by-step through the entire process with plenty of time for questions. Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra, under clinical conditions, has been shown to be effective for treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, addiction, and other stress related issues. What can Yoga Nidra do for you? This is an all-levels class designed for all fitness levels. No yoga experience needed, you will not be required to exert yourself in any way.

Note: This class is held once per month – see workshops page for dates and times.

Yoga for Any Body
Have you heard about yoga's many health and well-being benefits but were reluctant to attend a class because you are not flexible, are overweight, or are not in shape? Are you unable to touch your toes? Does the idea of twisting from side to side seem impossible? This class may be just what you are seeking. Experience a one hour class of gentle Hatha yoga (physical postures) to stretch and relax the body. The pace is extremely slow and postures are guided to allow everyone in the room to make the movement work for them. The breath is an integral part of yoga and is always emphasized in classes, and you will also be guided in pranayama (breath control / breathing exercises) that will help you to turn inward, experience the breath, and relax. At Just Plain Yoga, we believe that yoga should be accessible to all, regardless of real or perceived limitations. Sherra Zavitsanos, your instructor, knows from personal experience how to accommodate for the overweight and inflexible. Join her in a safe, non-judgmental environment where all are welcome.

 

A NEXT STEP FOR BEGINNERS OR PEOPLE WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE
Pace: slow/steady
Focus: stretching/relaxing and strength building/flexibility
Intensity:Relaxing, balanced between easy and moderate
Suitable For: All levels, beginners, practitioners to seeking to relax, focus on learning postures, and starting to
delve deeper. Balance of basic and introduction to more challenging asana, may include Sun Salutations, longer holds, and pranayama.

Basic Hatha
This class explores a Hatha practice at a slow to steady pace with a balance of easy and moderate asanas (postures). Experience warm-ups and/or Sun Salutations, a flow of standing and seated poses, some basic to moderate backbends, as well as some simple inversions, and close with a soothing relaxation – all with emphasis on the breath as an anchoring and energizing tool. Each student is encouraged to work at an appropriate level and will be given modifications to suit your practice.

Hatha Yoga 1 or 2
This class explores a Hatha practice at a moderate and steady pace with a balance of easy, moderate and mildly challenging asanas (postures). Experience warm-ups and/or Sun Salutations, a flow of standing and seated poses, some basic to moderate backbends, as well as some simple inversions, and close with a soothing relaxation – all with emphasis on the breath as an anchoring and energizing tool. Each student is encouraged to work at an appropriate level and will be given modifications to suit your practice. Level 2 increases the challenge in postural work with longer holds and more exposure to postures and pranayama (breathwork).

Kundalini Yoga® Kundalini Yoga classes (as taught by Yogi Bhajan ) combines breathing,movement, physical postures,meditation,stretching, stress release,relaxation techniques,the science of sequence ,rhythm and sound to work every aspect of your body. No previous experience in Yoga or other related disciplines is required for anyone to achieve benefits almost immediately. It is dynamic in its practice,vast in practical information, and a powerful experience.

Moderate Kripalu®
This hatha yoga class focuses on basic breathing techniques, Kripalu style Stage 1 postures in which they are held for 20 to 30 seconds, some Kripalu Stage 2 postures which are held for longer periods of time, and meditation.

 

A DEEPER EXPERIENCE OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL YOGA PRACTICE
Pace: steady/moderate
Focus: strength building/flexibility
Intensity:moderate,temperate
Suitable For: All levels; progressing beginners; practitioners looking to intensify and deepen their practice
within a hatha class. Basic and more challenging asana, longer holds, posture refinement, and pranayama. May include Sun Salutations.

Hatha Yoga 2-3
This class offers an eclectic blend of asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breath control / breathing exercises) at a steady and moderate pace. Explore foundational to moderately challenging postures to develop flexibility, balance, and strength including warm-ups and/or Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses, a variety backbends, as well as some basic to moderate inversions, and close with a soothing relaxation – all with emphasis on the breath. Classes will challenge you physically while directing your focus to mindfulness, breath, and fully experiencing each asana. Proper form and alignment are touched upon, as they are essential to getting the most benefit from your practice. As you practice, your strength and stamina will improve, confidence will increase, and you will learn to challenge yourself to your own level of ability.


Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga aims to encourage flexibility in connective tissues, primarily around joints such as the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Poses are passively held, without muscular tension, for long periods of time, typically one to three minutes.  The emphasis on releasing muscles rather than contracting them means that the shape of poses and techniques may be slightly different than practitioners are accustom to. If you practice seated meditation, or simply wish to find stillness in your mind and body and balance within your practice, a yin class would strongly support your goals.


PROGRESS TO A NEW LEVEL WITH A LITTLE MORE CHALLENGE
Pace: slow/steady
Focus: Stretching, relaxing, building strength, stamina, and flexibility
Intensity: easy to moderate
Suitable For: All levels, beginners. Slower paced class with some vinyasa and more cueing; focus on grounding in the breath, continuing to build awareness, strength, and skill in vinyasa, and learning a meditative flow.


Basic Yoga for the Core
This class is based in formal Pilates training. Learn to access and use the core of your body for health and well being. This is a great class to help you advance your understanding of safe movement in yoga postures.  The abdominal region of the body is the center of our balance and strength. The core is both a physical and energetic space.

Easy Friday Flow

End a long week or kick off your weekend with an easy vinyasa flow class.  Enjoy this all levels vinyasa based class with modifications offered for beginners and more complex and demanding options will be made available for students seeking more challenge.  Inspired by the lineage of Krishnamacharya (including Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) branches of vinyasa yoga, this class links the breath to a continuous flow of asana (yoga postures) while emphasis is placed on the breath, bandhas (energy locks), and dristhi (gazing point). Practice non-judgmental awareness and finding inner stillness through asana through a meditative flow starting with warm-ups and/or Sun Salutations, a standing sequence, basic seated postures, and some easy backbends and inversions, followed by relaxation.   

Slow Vinyasa Flow
This class is gentle, yet energetically stimulating. We may begin with traditional Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) and move into some simple vinyasa sequences, designed to warm, awaken, energize and strengthen the body. The pace will be slow and poses will be held longer. The principles of alignment, as a well as a strong focus on the breath will be enforced. Slow enough for beginners to join and challenging enough for experienced practitioners to gain the benefit of a slow, meditative practice.

FOR A STRONGER PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PRACTICE- MEDITATION IN MOTION
Pace: steady/moderate
Focus: building strength, stamina, and flexibility
Intensity: moderate
Suitable For: Physically fit progressing beginners and practitioners seeking a steady paced vinyasa practice with moderate asana and may include some challenging postures. Note: Pilates is all levels. Flow may sometimes be interrupted to focus on alignment. Practitioners should have a basic awareness of yoga postures (excluding Pilates), their own bodies, and limitations.

Basic Vinyasa Flow
Inspired by the lineage of Krishnamacharya (including Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) branches of vinyasa yoga, this class links the breath to a continuous flow of asana (yoga postures) while emphasis is placed on the breath, bandhas (energy locks), and dristhi (gazing point). Practice non-judgmental awareness and finding inner stillness through asana through a meditative flow starting with warm-ups and/or Sun Salutations, a standing sequence, basic seated postures, and some easy backbends and inversions, followed by relaxation. Modifications are offered for beginners and more complex and demanding options will be made available for students seeking more challenge.

Sunrise Flow
"The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun and burn.” Sunrise Flow will be all about connecting the mind, body and spirit to create the best possible start to your day. A combination of pilates and yoga that will help you build core strength, tone muscles, increase stamina, and focus on improving flexibility and balance while establishing a strong connection between mind and body. Each class will incorporate the best of pilates and yoga and will end with a traditional yoga savasana. Sunrise Flow will leave you feeling energized and inspired for the day ahead.

Yoga for the Core/Core Basics for Vinyasa yoga
This class is fun , energetic and challenging working with the core though asana and attention.  The abdominal region of the body is the center of our balance and strength. The core is both a physical and energetic space.

 

EXPERIENCE RECOMMENDED: LESS VERBAL INSTURCTION AND MORE MEDITATIVE FLOW.
Pace: dynamic/rapid
Focus: building strength, stamina, and flexibility
Intensity: challenging
Suitable For: Physically fit practitioners with yoga experience, practitioners seeking an intense and dynamic practice. Challenging asana flows and demanding sequencing requiring strength and endurance are explored. Working knowledge of Sun Salutations, postures, and inversions recommended. Focus on fluidity in the flow, moving with awareness and the breath.

Vinyasa Flow
Inspired by the lineage of Krishnamacharya (including Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) branches of vinyasa yoga, this vigorous vinyasa flow class includes pranayama (breathing exercise/breath control) and a continuous flow of asanas (yoga postures) including challenging and demanding asana sequencing set at a dynamic, rapid pace – all while linking breath with movement. Emphasis is placed on breath, bandhas (energy locks), and dristhi (gazing point).

Experience a continuous flow of warm-ups, Sun Salutations, standing and seated postures, basic to challenging backbends, inversions, and arm balances, followed by relaxation. Great benefit comes from regulating the breath while approaching poses with awareness, intelligence, and modifications as you move through, and beyond, the body's physical, energetic and emotional blocks (granthis).

Power Vinyasa Flow Do not let the word 'Power' intimidate you. Yes - this is a challenging but slow flow and modifications will be provided. Experience a continuous flow of warm-ups, Sun Salutations, standing and seated postures, basic to challenging backbends, inversions, and arm balances, followed by relaxation. Great benefit comes from regulating the breath while approaching poses with awareness, intelligence, and modifications as you move through, and beyond, the body's physical, energetic and emotional blocks (granthis).  As for the word 'power', allow the word to be interpreted as the POWER WITHIN YOU.  Power to connect mindfully to the mind, body, and breath which lies within you. 

 

Modifications of complex postures are both appropriate and expected. JPY encourages you to work at your own level.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS: CANCELLATIONS PRIOR TO 30 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND. CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE EVENT WILL RECEIVE A 50% REFUND. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS THE DAY OF AN EVENT.

 

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