What is Yoga?

Yoga is a mind-body practice designed to improve overall health, strength, flexibility, and mental clarity in people of all ages and fitness levels. Yoga classes at Now and Zen are a safe and friendly way to learn and practice yoga. We encourage every student to practice at their own level and honor their bodies. We believe in adapting the poses to meet the needs of the students.

Yoga Etiquette

  • Please arrive 5-10 early so that we are able to start class on time.
  • You will want to wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in. Shoes are not necessary, we practice in our bare feet.
  • We have yoga mats available for your use, there is no charge for the mats.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to class, we need to keep our yoga room fragrance free.

 

Now and ZenBenefits of Yoga

  • Improves strength, flexibility and balance
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Helps with mild depression and anxiety
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves sleep
  • Brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind
  • Improves digestion

 

Class Levels
Beginning- Students having never done yoga or those who would like to revisit and perfect their poses
Level 1- Students who have taken the 8 week beginner session or have done yoga previously.

Level 2-Students who have been practicing for 6 months or more. We explore deeper expression of poses, basic pranayama, inversions and begin simple arm balances.

Level 3-Students who have been practicing 1 year or more. We explore history of yoga, chakras, pranayama arm balances and inversions.
Mixed Level- Students practicing at the Level 1-3. We offer modifications as well as enhancements for poses. Students are encouraged to practice at their own pace.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

NOTE: Some of the class styles listed below are offered a varying time throughout the year. Please check our class schedule to check for class availability.

Yoga – Yoga is a mind-body practice designed to improve overall health, strength, flexibility, and mental clarity in people of all ages and fitness levels. Yoga classes at Now and Zen are a safe and friendly way to learn and practice yoga.

Mixed Level Yoga – This class is good for advanced beginners to advanced students who have an open mind when coming to class. There will be modifications for advanced beginners and enhancements for advanced students. This class will have a flow element to it so students who need a gentle class because of wrists, knees or health issues should avoid this class.

Beginning Yoga – Our beginner class starts with basic yoga poses with explanations of their benefits and proper modifications. As the session progresses we add a flow to the class so that by end of the session students are ready for a level 1 or mixed level class. The level of difficulty increases, however the option for the more modified version is always encouraged.

Flow Yoga – In this class we integrate strong fluid movements with energizing breath work to build your yoga practice. As we flow from one posture to another we build heat in the body helping to energize and renew our minds, bodies and spirits. Although this class is not suited for beginners, it is a perfect class for all other levels.

Gentle Yoga – Gentle Yoga concentrates on gentle stretching, hip openings and breath. The primary focus of gentle yoga is to bring balance to the body with gentle and relaxing postures. This class concentrates on joining the breath with each movement in a gentle and guiding manner. This is perfect for seniors, beginners, those recovering from an injury or surgery, or those with health issues. Chairs are available if needed.

Indoor Standup Paddle Yoga – The Indo Yoga Board simulates the unstable yoga that has been popularized by Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga, which is yoga performed in a body of water on a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board. The Indo Yoga Board is designed to take yoga to the next level by adding instability making students have to work harder to stay balanced. This class will help to develop strength, balance, focus and stamina. Don’t want to use a board? You can join us and have a regular practice on the mat! Think of it as a Slow Flow Yoga.

Pilates – This class focuses on the core postural muscles to stabilize body while improving the quality of the movement. This form of exercise concentrates on correct posture, breathing, flexibility, toning and strengthening.

Pilates Plus – Pilates Plus is an energetic upbeat intermediate class. It is not appropriate for beginners but if you have taken pilates previously it is a perfect class for you! Enhancing the basic pilates moves while moving to music will be the focus of this class. This is not your typical pilates class.

Prenatal/postnatal Yoga – This class not only offers postures, breathing exercises, and meditation for expecting and new moms, but includes time to share with other new moms and moms-to-be.

Slow Flow – This class is perfect for beginners and those with an established practice. This easy moving class will build strength and flexibility in a gentle, yet invigorating way. It is a little more rigorous than a gentle class so it may not be appropriate for those with wrist or knee issues.

Sunrise Yoga – This class is a perfect way to start the day. We start with gentle stretches to wake up the body. Depending on the needs of the students we will either keep it slow and gentle or move into a little more flow as the class evolves. Greet the sunrise with yoga!

Svastha Yoga – Svastha literally means “To stay as yourself” and refers to a state of complete health and balance, in body and mind. In this class we will have a short discussion at the beginning of class, followed with asanas (poses), pranayama (breath) and meditation. This class is appropriate for all levels of students. It has a different flavor than other classes taught at Now and Zen, with less emphasis on the physical poses.

Therapeutic Yoga – This is an extremely gentle class. We show the poses using a chair, props (blocks, bolsters etc) and modifications without props. We move at a slow pace and design the class specifically for the needs of the students in the class. This is a perfect class for people dealing with MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, injury, oncology and seniors.

Yin Yoga – Yin Yoga poses gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues around our joints. In order to get to the fascia (connective tissue) and ligaments we hold the poses for 3-5 minutes while relaxing the muscles. Yin yoga is challenging mentally and physically for those who tend to gravitate to a more active style of yoga. It is a nice way to compliment running, biking, tennis, pilates and active yoga practices. This class is perfect for beginners to advanced students.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors – We developed this class knowing that patients living with various treatments have times when they feel good and times when they do not. This class is designed specifically for the needs of those in each class. The class includes extremely gentle poses, breath work to calm the body and mind, and some guided meditation. We will allow time for students to chat as well. We encourage survivors, care givers and family members as well.

Yoga for Flexibility – We focus on stretching the hamstrings, thighs, hips and psoas muscles. We work on opening the chest and front body to create more space for breath. We incorporate poses to increase strength in the upper back and abdominals. This is a great class for beginners, advanced students, and athletes who are looking for a class with a little less of a flow sequence and a little more stretch. Everyone is welcome!

Class Levels

Beginning – Students having never done yoga or those who would like to revisit and perfect their poses

Level 1 – Students who have taken the 8 week beginner session or have done yoga previously.

Level 2 – Students who have been practicing for 6 months or more. We explore deeper expression of poses, basic pranayama, inversions and begin simple arm balances.

Level 3 – Students who have been practicing 1 year or more. We explore history of yoga, chakras, pranayama arm balances and inversions.

**Students are encouraged to practice at their own pace and always let instructors know if you need modifications.