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Yoga

Yoga

Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, mental awareness and relaxation. According to ancient tradition, there are eight limbs of classical yoga. Hatha Yoga uses three of those limbs. First, it uses physical postures or asanas. Second, yoga requires that we pay attention to our breath, a practice known as pranayama. Third, yoga entails internal mental focus and concentration, or dharana. At its core, yoga helps us understand our true nature, and teaches us how to harmonize and balance aspects of ourselves.
In these classes you will learn the principles of alignment for each posture, and the mechanics of how the body works.

Level I (Beginner Class for all ages)
This class focuses on building a solid foundation of postures, using the breath. Classes include standing postures, balance postures, supine postures, abdominals, hip-openers, gentle backbends, restoratives and relaxation.

Level II (Intermediate for all ages)
This level is for those who have been practicing yoga for 6 months or more. Classes include standing postures, sun salutations, twists, inversions, arm balances, backbends and hip openers.

Level III (Advanced for all ages)
This class is for those who have had a regular practice for 3 or more years. It takes the student to the next level of their practice, refining the postures they have been learning already. Postures include inversions, twists, handstands and arm balances.

Multilevel Classes
This class is a combination of Level I, II and III. Students are encouraged to go at their own pace and to modify postures as needed. Each student will receive individual attention.

To learn about prenatal or postnatal yoga go to Prenatal and Postal Care

Private Yoga Sessions
Individual lessons are invaluable to those new to the path of yoga, particularly people who may find group classes to be intimidating, fast-paced, or challenging. These sessions are also useful for people who have long-term or acute injuries and can benefit from specialized attention. Claudia draws from 20 years of training in dance kinesiology, movement analysis, Pilates, the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais.

Meditation Classes
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It brings balance, rest, and inner peace. When practiced on a daily basis, meditation produces profound results on all levels-physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects a person with their vitality, clarity of mind, and heart. Techniques include mindful meditation, positive thinking, relaxation, breathing techniques, and guided meditation. 

Yoga and Movement: Strength, Stretch and Release
This class combines yoga and movement and includes exercises such as active muscle stretching, joint mobilization, core strength building, balance, strength, flexibility and relaxation. These exercises expand joint range and promote healthy muscular tone. Classes include the use of thera-bands, yoga straps, blocks and balls. All ages and all levels of experience are welcome.

Children’s Yoga

Classes are designed based on the interests and developmental stages of children. All children are unique and develop at their own pace. Claudia creates a yoga program appropriate to children’s individual needs.

Yoga 5 - 7 years old
This class exposes children to yoga in a playful way. Children will learn about the breath, the foundations of postures of yoga, motor coordination, visual imagery and relaxation techniques. They are encouraged to express themselves, learn social skills and develop positive thinking. The class includes cooperative games and themed activities.

Yoga for 8 - 10 years old
These classes encourage children to develop body awareness and interpersonal skills. Classes include sun salutations, balance postures, breathing exercises, creative relaxation techniques, games, and lots more!

Yoga 11 - 13 years old
Classes integrate standing postures, arm balances, sun salutations, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation techniques, as well as self-reflection. Students gain a deeper understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga in a fun and creative way.

Teen Yoga
Teens develop physical and mental strength and flexibility, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises. They will develop self-esteem, respect for their body and mind.

Teacher Trainings in Yoga and Movement for Children

These trainings are designed to support school teachers who would like to incorporate yoga and movement into their curriculum in the classroom.

Teacher Trainings in Yoga and Movement for Prenatal and Postnatal

Learn the skills to work with women who are pregnant or those who have just given birth.

 

Testimonials

Claudia has and uses all the skills one expects from an excellent yoga teacher. She knows about alignment and how proper alignment protects the student from injuries. She knows how to choreograph a yoga session to optimize the benefits of the class. She pays attention to the capabilities and limitations of each of her students. She crafts her classes around a theme so that every class has a focus. What is special about Claudia is her warmth and humor. Because of this, every student knows that he/she is in a safe, nurturing place where his/her practice can grow.                                     
- Glen K.

Running a business is very stressful! Before I met Claudia, as a business owner, I never knew when to stop working, especially in my head! Her calm voice and optimistic outlook brings peace to my hectic mind, making it easier to maintain discipline and stay active. She gets to know your body's strengths and weaknesses so she can customize the routines in your workout, making it easier to reach even the most challenging fitness goals. During class, Claudia goes out of her way to pay attention to everyone, ensuring proper alignment and technique, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed! Taking Yoga with Claudia is a great compliment to a healthy lifestyle. :) 
- Juan A.

Claudia has been teaching yoga to my two daughters, ages 8 1/2 and 11, for the past five years. They always love going to her class, as she makes it fun for them. They learn many yoga poses each class, and she incorporates poses into games for them as well. They do handstands, sun salutations and mediation. I have seen the improvement in their poses and strength. She is a wonderful teacher.
- Lisa F.