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Class Schedule


 

Karen's weekly calendar.  See details below.  Evening classes are open to teens and adults.

Mondays:

  • Gales Ferry - Ledyard Senior Citizens Center
    • 12 Van Tassel Drive, Gales Ferry (Directions)
    • 9 - 10:00 a.m.  Mat Yoga for Seniors 
      • 9/10 - 11/26 (No class 10/8, 11/12)
        • 10 Classes
      • Register with Ledyard Senior Center (860) 464-0471
  • Ledyard - Ledyard Center School
    • 740 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard (Directions)
    • 5 - 6:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga
      • Fall Session I:  9/10 - 10/29/18 (No class 10/8)
        • 7 Classes
          • $65 / $75 non-residents
      • Fall Session II:  11/5 - 12/10/18
        • 6 Classes
          • $56 / $66 non-residents
    • 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.  Moderate Flow Yoga
      • Fall Session I:  9/10 - 10/29/18 (No class 10/8)
        • 7 Classes
          • $65 / $75 non-residents
      • Fall Session II:  10/29 - 12/10/18
        • 6 Classes
          • $56 / $66 non-residents
    • Register with Ledyard Parks & Recreation
      • Register by mail or in person or online (no phone ins)
      • Payable to:  Ledyard Parks & Recreation Department
      • Mail to:  4 Blonder Boulevard, Ledyard, CT  06339
Tuesdays:
  • Uncasville - Montville Senior Center
    • 12 Maple Avenue, Uncasville (Directions)
    • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  Chair Yoga for Seniors
      • Ongoing 
    • Register with Montville Senior Center (860) 848-0422
  • Gales Ferry - Community Center
    • Hurlbutt Road, Gales Ferry (next to Gales Ferry Library)
    • 11:00 - 12:00 noon Yoga Basics
      • Summer Session II:  7/17 - 8/28/18
        • 7 Classes
          • $65 / $75 non-residents
      • Fall Session I:  9/11 - 10/23/18 (No class 10/8)
        • 7 Classes
          • $65 / $75 non-residents
      • Fall Session II:  10/30 - 12/11/18
        • 7 Classes
          • $65 / $75 non-residents
      • Single Class $15
    • Register with Ledyard Parks & Recreation:
      • Register by mail or in person or online (no phone ins)
      • Payable to:  Ledyard Parks & Recreation Department
      • Mail to:  4 Blonder Boulevard, Ledyard, CT  06339
  • Preston - St. James Church
    • 95 Route 2A, Preston (Directions) 
    • 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.  Gentle Yoga
      • Summer Session:  7/3 - 8/28/18
        • 9 Classes
          • $81 Preston residents / seniors 65+
          • $91 non-residents
      • Fall Session I:  9/4 - 10/30/18
        • 9 Classes
          • $81 Preston residents / seniors 65+
          • $91 non-residents
      • Fall Session II:  11/6 - 12/18/18
        • 7 Classes
          • $63 Preston residents / seniors 65+
          • $73 non-residents
      • Single Class $15
    • Register with Karen (860) 204-0797
      • Checks payable to “Yoga Heals Us LLC"
      • Mail checks to:  32 Borodell Avenue, Mystic, CT  06355
      • Join anytime - late enrollment prorated.
Wednesdays:
  • Ledyard - Ledyard Center School
      • 740 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard (Directions)
        • 6 - 7:30 p.m. Therapeutic Yoga for Backs and Hips
          • Fall Session I:  9/12 - 10/24/18 
            • 7 Classes
              • $65 / $75 non-residents
          • Fall Session II:  10/31 - 12/12/18 (No class 11/21/18)
            • 6 Classes
              • $56 / $66 non-residents
        • Register with Ledyard Parks & Recreation
          • Register by mail or in person or online (no phone ins)
          • Payable to:  Ledyard Parks & Recreation Department
          • Mail to:  4 Blonder Boulevard, Ledyard, CT  06339
      Wednesdays:  SUMMER YOGA
      • Gales Ferry - Gales Ferry Community Center
        • 18 Hurlbutt Road, Gales Ferry (Directions)
        • 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.  All Levels Yoga
          • Summer Session II:  8/1 - 9/5/18
            • 6 Classes 
              • $56 residents / $64 non-residents
          • Single Class $15
        • Register with Ledyard Parks & Recreation
          • Register by mail or in person or online (no phone ins)
          • Payable to:  Ledyard Parks & Recreation Department
          • Mail to:  4 Blonder Boulevard, Ledyard, CT  06339
      Thursdays:
      • Gales Ferry - Community Center
        • Hurlbutt Road, Gales Ferry (next to Gales Ferry Library)
        • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Chair Yoga for Every Body
          • Fall Session I:  9/13 - 10/25/18 
            • 7 Classes
              • $65 / $75 non-residents
          • Fall Session II:  11/1 - 12/13/18 (No class 11/22/18)
            • 6 Classes
              • $56 / $66 non-residents
        • 11:00 - 12:00 noon Yoga Basics
          • Summer Session II:  7/19 - 8/30/18
            • 7 Classes
              • $65 / $75 non-residents
          • Fall Session I:  9/13 - 10/25/18 
            • 7 Classes
              • $65 / $75 non-residents
          • Fall Session II:  11/1 - 12/13/18 (No class 11/22/18)
            • 6 Classes
              • $56 / $66 non-residents
          • Single Class $15
        • Register with Ledyard Parks & Recreation:
          • Register by mail or in person or online (no phone ins)
          • Payable to:  Ledyard Parks & Recreation Department
          • Mail to:  4 Blonder Boulevard, Ledyard, CT  06339
      Wednesday - Saturday

      Contact Karen.

      Class Descriptions

       

      Many people become interested in yoga as a way to become flexible, reduce stress and experience a sense of peace. Yoga is highly adaptable allowing students to move in ways that accommodate aches, pains and limitations. The regular practice of yoga can increase strength and flexibility, lower blood pressure, quiet the mind, improve concentration, and cultivate a sense of well-being. Our yoga classes offer a comprehensive yoga program that includes yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, yoga exercise known as asana, concentration and meditation techniques and deep relaxation integrating body, mind and spirit.

      Chair Yoga for Seniors
      This is a fun class that explores the needs and sensitivities of seniors including breath work and exercises that increase range of movement, strength and flexibility.  Seniors who have taken this class report that they can walk further, reach higher and sleep better – and have fun doing it!

      Gentle YOGA

      For all levels, especially beginners.  Move with greater ease.  Enjoy the calm, peace, and self-acceptance of yoga no matter what shape you’re in.  Karen’s gentle approach infuses her classes with humor, humility and warmth as she invites you to go at your own pace.  Karen is known for her clear and caring instructions, skillfully breaking postures into developmental increments using props and modifications that provide an accessible yoga experience for every body.  Ideal for students who want to move with greater ease and reap yoga’s many benefits, even with minimal flexibility.  Includes a variety of postures (standing, seated and on the floor.)

      Mat Yoga for Seniors

      This gentle class includes traditional yoga postures that start sitting on the floor, transition to hands and knees, then standing poses, then hands and knees again onto the belly, ending on the back for deep relaxation.  Modifications are given for students who have problems with knees, hips, wrist, shoulders and back.  Pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy round out the class.


      Moderate Flow Yoga 
      This flow style class is done at a moderate pace including longer holding and posture explorations focusing on proper alignment and movement coordinated with breath.  In particular this class will feature standing posture flows including sun salutations, strength building warrior series, and balancing poses.  This 75 minute class includes warm-ups, breath awareness, and yoga postures seated, kneeling, standing, prone and supine.  Guided relaxation and meditation round out the class.  This class is designed for students who enjoy an active and sometimes challenging yoga class.  Modifications are given as needed to ensure the postures are done safely.  Students who are new to yoga may want to consider the Gentle class first.

      Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Health Challenges / Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
      Designed for new and continuing students, this class adapts traditional yoga postures to the needs of each individual.  Ideal for students who have health or physical limitations including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, and more.  This class offers a balanced approach for strength and flexibility, breath work and deep relaxation.  Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for people with MS because it involves stretching and range of motion exercises for the whole body which can reduce symptoms such as muscle spasticity, muscle weakness, problems with balance and fatigue.  Focused breathing exercises promote relaxation of the mind and the body.  As with any other form of exercise, it is important that the Yoga exercises be tailored to the particular physical needs and limitations of people with MS.  Private lessons available.  Private Lessons

       

      Yoga Basics

      For all levels, beginners and experienced students.  Cultivate an internal, meditative experience while stretching and challenging the body.  Practice includes a variety of foundational postures (standing, seated and on the floor) that focus on balanced alignment.  Breathing techniques, yoga philosophy, meditation and deep relaxation are woven into each class.  Individual attention and modifications are given as much as possible within the class situation. Modifications are offered for both ends of the spectrum, beginners and more experienced students.  Classes are geared toward the majority of the students’ ability in the class at the time.  Students who have a specific physical limitation or injury may need to attend the Gentle class first.  (Individual lessons are recommended for students with specific needs.)


      Yoga for Chronic Back Pain
      Do you have persistent back pain?  Back pain is considered chronic if it persists longer than 12 weeks.  Some people live with some sort of back pain for years.  The causes can vary and there are strategies that can help relieve and even eliminate this type of chronic pain.  This 4-part series addresses postural alignment, core strength, muscular tension and techniques to relieve stress.  Techniques include gentle stretching using the breath to relieve tension and somatic movements to rewrite the neuromuscular patterns that contribute to chronic pain, deep relaxation and mindfulness practices that can be integrated into daily life.  This is not a substitute for medical care.

       

       

      Available for Private Lessons and Small Groups

       

      Compassionate Yoga Therapy for Cancer Survivors and Thrivers

      Cancer changes your life. It knocks the wind out of your sails and rocks your world, causing physical and emotional changes that take time to heal.  Compassionate Yoga Therapy uses the 4 stages of healing - rest, restore, rebuild, and remember - to develop appropriate yoga practices to support your healing. Gentle therapeutic yoga movements at your own pace ease mobility while decreasing pain. Guided imagery, deep relaxation and simple meditation techniques promote feelings of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

      From one who's been there, I know that a cancer diagnosis changes your life. The treatment changes your body, your mind, and your spirit. And I have good news. I got through it. And you can too. As a lifelong practitioner of yoga, I had tools to help me through the tough times, yoga practices that I could lean on to help me relax, breathe, calm my mind, and eventually stretch and strengthen my body. I want you to have these tools, too.

      This class is oriented toward individuals who are have recently been or are currently being treated for cancer.

      Let Go of Stress with Yoga Nidra

      For all levels, including beginners and experienced students.  A primary cause of many illnesses, mental stress weakens the immune system and invites a variety of physical and mental health conditions.  In this yoga class, you’ll learn stress reduction techniques that will broaden your ability to practice the art of relaxed living, including one of the primary practices, Yoga Nidra.  Yoga Nidra is the state of conscious deep sleep.  In Yoga Nidra, you’re awake and the body is in a very relaxed state.  Yoga Nidra brings calmness, quietness and clarity.  It’s one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of deep stillness and insight.  This class explores various methods of practice that lead to the state of Yoga Nidra through which we can transform stress and experience the fullness of living an authentic life.  Try it.  You’ll love how you feel!


      Mindfulness Meditation: Skillful Tools for Stressful Times

      Perhaps you've heard that meditation can help you relieve stress or improve your concentration or improve your health in some way. Maybe you've tried to meditate but you haven't yet found the practice that works for you.  Each week includes discussion and meditation practice, and sometimes, guided relaxation. Leave with a renewed sense of well-being and tools to continue meditating at home. Research has shown that a regular meditation practice has many health benefits including reduced stress, improved attention, stronger immune system, less emotional reactivity, and improved sense of health and well-being.  Start feeling better now. No experience necessary. Bring your own meditation cushion or bring a chair cushion. Chairs are available on-site. Bring a journal or writing materials to class.

       

      Recommended reading:

      Lovingkindness The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

      The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn

      How to Meditate by Pema Chodren


      Yoga Heals Us Policies

       

      The policies listed here are intended to provide guidance and to answer common questions. 
       
      Registration: 
      • Please register for the class and location that you will attend most often. The makeup policy was designed to help you stay committed to taking care of your health and well-being by giving you the flexibility to make up classes at multiple locations, days and times. If you find that you are making up more classes than you are attending, please sign up for the class that you actually go to. If the class that you transfer into costs more due to residency or location you will be charged the difference.
      • Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be canceled.
      • Late enrollment is prorated. This means that if you join the class after the session has started, you don’t pay for the classes you have already missed. You do pay for the remaining classes in the session. Classes that are missed during the session, for any reason, can be made up in accordance with the Makeup Policy.

      Class Etiquette:
      • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
      • Please do not eat 2 hours prior to class.  If you must, keep it light, such as a piece of fruit.
      • Inform me of any physical limitations or health concerns.
      • NO FRAGRANCES PLEASE. Some students have allergies. Please refrain from using scented lotions, etc.
      • Shhh...To Minimize Disturbances.
      • NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES PLEASE. Please remember to turn off your cell phones and anything that beeps.
      • Please arrive a few minutes early.
        • Late Arrivals and Early Departures
          • If you must be late, please do come. Please wait outside the room until you are ready for Yoga – shoes and outer clothing removed, keys put away, mat unrolled and ready to place on the floor.
          • Please do not enter during the centering and beginning OM. Your fellow students will love you for considering their inner sanctity! If you must leave early, please remove quietly to the outer room & pack up there.
      Refunds / Make-ups:
      • Students must call me when classes are missed in order to make up these classes.
      • Missed classes are non-refundable and must be made up within the same session dates.
      • One make up class may be carried over into the next session.
        • Make up classes that are not used by the end of the next session are forfeit.
        • Make up classes may be used to attend classes other than the one that you regularly attend.  For example, if you regularly attend on Monday at 5, you may make up your missed class on Tuesday at 5.
        • Make up classes have no cash value and can not be used toward payment of any class.
        • Evening and Park & Rec. classes may be made up at other evening or Park & Rec. classes.  Senior daytime classes may be made up at other daytime classes.  Applies only to those classes taught by Karen.
        • Some classes may be full. When in doubt, call ahead.
      • Guest pass:
        • You may give one make up per session to a friend to try the class.  Make-ups can not be given to current students.

      Cancellations:

      • Ledyard Parks & Recreation classes will be canceled when Ledyard Schools are closed due to weather. These classes will be made up at the end of the session when at all possible. 
        • Check TV Channel 3 or Chanel 8.
      • Ledyard Senior Center classes will announce cancellations on TV Channel 3 and 8.
      • Montville Senior Center classes will be canceled when Montville Schools are closed due to weather. 
      • Preston Parks & Recreation classes at St. James Church will be canceled at my discretion.
        • I will attempt to contact students who are registered for the affected classes and I will post a message on my voice mail.
        • When in doubt, call me at (860) 204-0797 or miss the class at your discretion and make it up.
      • Classes that are canceled will be made up or given a credit at the end of the session.
      • Yoga for MS classes at Independence Physical Therapy will be canceled at my discretion.
        • I will attempt to contact students who are registered and I will post a message on my voice mail.
        • When in doubt, call me at (860) 204-0797 or miss the class at your discretion.
      • Classes that are canceled will be made up or given a credit at the end of the session.
      Guest Pass:
      • Current students who have missed classes may use one make-up per session to bring a guest who is not a current student in another class.