Mary Lou Middleton
Mary Lou has been regularly practicing yoga for over 10 years and just completed the Blue Heron YTT to earn her teaching certification While her primary background is alignment based asana, she has participated in and studied many different styles of yoga. She is eager to share the wisdom from her many teachers to help students find the expression of a pose that supports their body's alignment, and to face challenges with humor and compassion.
Mary Lou Middleton instructs the following:
- Mixed Level Yoga
- Prenatal Yoga
- Wake Up & Flow
- Yin Yoga
For yogis with some prior experience who are comfortable in Blue Heron's Yoga 1 classes. This class refines basic poses and gives the opportunity to work towards more advanced practices like arm balances, breath work, and meditation. Modifications and preparation poses are given so students can work at their own level. This class works to build strength and endurance for a deeper practice.
This prenatal yoga class is designed for those who who are looking for a community of moms during their pregnancy and new ways to keep their body moving. Pregnancy changes everything - body, mind and spirit. This practice will help your body throughout the process of pregnancy and delivery, building strength and endurance in your legs, core, pelvic region and hips. Breath work and meditation are included to strengthen the mind/body connection and give you time to rest your whole being and deepen the bond already there between mother and baby. This class welcomes participants within the broad spectrum of yogic experience from absolute newbies to seasoned practitioners.
Come wake up with yoga. This all-level class offers vinyasa flow to wake up your body and get your day off to a good start and some restorative yoga to help you let go of tension. Vinyasa flow builds strength and flexibility and encourages cardiovascular health. Form, movement and breath work are integrated into carefully sequenced yoga poses. Prepare to work, restore, and move!
This contemplative practice utilizes modest floor poses to stimulate connective tissue giving particular focus to the hips, sacrum, low spine, and knees. Uniquely therapeutic and rehabilitative to these areas of the body, Yin Yoga is an excellent modality for providing a structural and emotional counterbalance to more muscular forms of asana and other "yang" activities.
This practice is appropriate for people who have resisted becoming active because of joint pain and is also ideal for athletes who experience joint pain caused by muscular overuse. The gentle but consistent stimulation to the connective tissues taught through Yin Yoga encourages long-term health and mobility of the joints, calms and recharges the nervous system, and naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state.