Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Classes

CLASSES - Which Blue Heron Wellness Yoga Class is right for you?


Classes for Beginners

Yoga I and Gentle Yoga are both appropriate for beginners as are Meditation, QiGong, Prenatal and Yin Yoga.

Hatha Yoga Classes

Hatha yoga refers to the physical practice of yoga. Our Hatha yoga classes will teach you poses (asanas)that can help balance strength and flexibility. These classes include Gentle Yoga, Yoga I, Yoga II, and Mixed Level Yoga. The teachers give alignment cues to help you learn and enhance the postures for maximum benefit. These classes may have a theme and integrate mindfulness and centering techniques like breath work.

Vinyasa Flow & Flow and Release

Vinyasa classes move from pose to pose in a fluid way. These classes are faster paced and spend less time on the basics of alignment. It's best to be comfortable in Yoga I or start with our Vinyasa Level I class. If you like to dance and feel the rhythm/movement in your body you may fall in love with Vinyasa Flow! Teachers will often play music during class.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga utilizes modest, longer held floor poses to stimulate joint and tissue spaces. The gentle but consistent stimulation to the connective tissues 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. Yin is yielding, allowing, nourishing, and calming and provides an excellent complement to active yoga practice or other muscular exercise.

Meditation

Our mediation class begins with light movements to loosen up the body in preparation for the meditative practice. The practice is guided by one of our yoga teachers to help bring you deeper into relaxation and focus. All are welcomed.


Class Descriptions

This class is for intermediate/advanced students who are looking for a little more adventure on their yoga mats. This 90 minute yoga practice will focus on approaching the fundamental and intermediate yoga poses from an advanced perspective.
Emphasis will be placed on strength-building through skillful application of alignment principles and both consciously embracing challenges as they arise through the more difficult and complex asanas, including inversions, deepening backbends, arm balances and transitions. Expect creative sequencing and a strong but playful practice.
Regular practice outside class strongly encouraged.
Chair Yoga invites you to practice yoga without having to get up and down from the floor. This yoga practice is modified so much of it can be done seated in a chair. The poses will include twists, hip stretches, forward folds and mild back bends. Fundamental body alignment, breath, strengthening of the shoulders, back and legs will be addressed as well as range of motion, and balance. There will be optional standing poses and the practice will close with a seated rest.
No experience necessary.
Designed to both invigorate and unwind, this yoga practice will begin with a dynamic, flowing vinyasa sequence and end with a restorative sequence of poses which will send you into the rest of your day feeling relaxed and renewed.
Blue Heron is offering free community classes to allow new teachers to share their love of yoga with new and existing community members. All levels welcome.
Gentle pacing and access to props makes this an ideal class for beginners and those desiring a less vigorous yoga experience. Suitable for those with health concerns or challenges. Modifications are offered for poses to enhance each student's experience of increasing body awareness, flexibility and strength. This class is designed to improve strength, balance, flexibility and release stress. 
We begin each class with light movements and gentle yoga (can be modified to be done seated in a chair). You are then led into a restorative or laying down posture followed by seated meditation at the end of practice. Classes may also include breath work.

If you have avoided meditation because you think you can't sit still, come try this class. You might be surprised. If you are experienced with meditation, come learn ways to deepen your practice.

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.
Tone and energize your body using the basic principles of the Pilates method. Re-discover your powerhouse--the muscles of the abdominals, lower back, hips and buttocks. Pilates will strengthen and tone muscles, improve your posture, flexibility, balance and enhance your physical and emotional well-being. Janet Richards, certified Pilates instructor, will provide individual attention and a supportive environment to make even brand-new beginners feel at ease. Drop-ins welcome.
This pre/postnatal yoga class is designed for those who who are looking for a community of moms during their pregnancy and beyond. 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. We suggest postnatal moms wait for 6 weeks after delivery (or when your health practitioners give you the go ahead to continue your practice.) This class is not designed for babies to attend. If you are interested in baby and me classes please contact joann@blueheronwellness.com. 
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 to experience the immediate healing effects of a QiGong practice. QiGong involves gentle movements synchronized with the breath leading to a process of energetic change in the mind, body, and spirit. Through this process of transformation, students will develop expanded awareness of themselves and their energy bodies to balance emotions, regulate qi (life energy), and relax the mind. QiGong is designed to address individuals where they are, whether beginners or advanced practitioners, and all levels of fitness.
This one-hour, all-level evening class provides some basic instruction for beginning yoga students as well as options for more advanced students. An eclectic mix of hatha, vinyasa, strengthening, and pranayama with music will enrich your Monday.
Unwind from your week with a class that incorporates a slow-flowing, hatha yoga practice followed by deep relaxation through supported, restorative yoga postures - flow and let go.
Build strength and flexibility and encourage cardiovascular health with this fun and quick-paced Vinyasa Flow class. Form, movement and breathwork are integrated into carefully sequenced yoga poses, generally referred to as sun salutations. Prepare to work, have fun, and develop a practice with many health benefits.
In Vinyasa I the emphasis is on learning and refining the basic elements of a vinyasa class, as well as deepening awareness of the body and understanding of alignment of a sun salutation. This class will move a bit more slowly than an average vinyasa class and will give time for questions and adjustments within the practice.
This class is a great opportunity to learn the basics of vinyasa, as well as building strength for more challenging classes down the road.
Come wake up with yoga. This all-level class offers slow placed vinyasa flow to wake up your body and get your day off to a good start. 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, have fun, 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.
Using varied alignment-focused yoga sequences, this class will help you develop core strength and awareness in mind and body to help support you on and off your mat. All levels welcome. Some yoga experience required.
Yoga for Strength Building will integrate many aspects and styles of training into a fun, energizing and powerful yoga practice. We all can tend to get stuck doing the same regimen, which results in a lack of physical and even mental change. In this class, you will learn new techniques for strength and resistance training, cardio drills, which will all be mixed into Yoga poses with a flowing sequence. This class is a perfect fit for anyone looking to increase their lean muscle mass, improve balance and core strength, strengthen their heart, and become more flexible. You will be introduced to dumbbells, kettle bells, foam rollers and explore all the many methods you can use to incorporate them into your fitness regimen. If you struggle in Chatturunga in Yoga class, or Chair pose, take this class to become stronger and more able bodied!
In Yoga I the emphasis is on developing awareness of the body and learning alignment. Students will be introduced to Sun Salutations and other basic poses, as well as breathing techniques.
For students with a good understanding of the basic standing, seated and revolved postures wishing to deepen their practice. This class will explore more advanced variations of asanas as well as introduce more challenging inversions, arm-balances and pranayama.
For students with a good understanding of the basic standing, seated and revolved postures wishing to deepen their practice. This class will explore more advanced variations of asanas as well as introduce more challenging inversions, arm-balances and pranayama.
Level 2-3 classes are appropriate for students who are familiar with intermediate yoga postures (including inversions and backbends). In these classes you will use your knowledge of postures and breathing to practice exciting, physically demanding, and challenging sequences and variations. You will focus on achieving breakthroughs in your practice and your self-awareness. We recommend you have a year of solid Yoga under your mat before you join 2-3 classes. Expect to be transformed.
This class is designed to help build and maintain mobility and promote an overall sense of well-being. Instruction includes the use of props and/or modifications to account for specific needs and fitness levels. Students will work towards increasing and maintaining flexibility, strength, balance and stamina. Classes will begin with a few moments of centering and simple breathing exercises and conclude with a 5-10 minute final relaxation. Drop-ins welcome.
Yoga and Meditation enables students of all levels to sit with greater ease and delve into the wellspring of their inner awareness. This practical and accessible class blends tried and true poses, essential pranayama (yogic breath work), and basic subtle body visualization techniques. These three elemental pillars of yogic wisdom combined in one class will serve to enhance and yield many potent outcomes in your personal yoga practice.