Millbrook Yoga is home to a wide variety of classes for any level of practice. With our goal to enrich and nourish our local community, we welcome beginners to long-time yogis to our studio for classes and workshops. From restorative, gentle classes to more challenging classes, you can find the perfect fit to connect mind, body, and soul. Each of our class has been given a difficulty level by the teacher to help allow you to find the best classes for your personal practice.
Chair Yoga is a very gentle style of yoga in which students are not required to get down and up from the ground. There is standing work with the aid of a chair or not, as needed. These classes cover all the basics of yoga, including forward bending, twisting, extension, standing, balancing and strengthening. Chair yoga is appropriate for people recovering from injury as well as those dealing with other conditions. Appropriate for everyone.
Embodyoga™ was developed by Patty Townsend and taught In the Studio by Nancy Causey, combines the deeply healing and spiritual essence of traditional yoga with the cutting edge principles of the body-mind consciousness field.
The basics are covered in the gentle class along with more advanced variations of postures, including inversions, arm balances, and seated postures in the moderate to strong class. When not practicing the vinyasa portion of class, we tend to hold the postures longer.
Gentle Yoga is an eclectic mix of hatha yoga styles which includes, standing poses, slow vinyasa practice, floor work, pranayama, and meditation practices. Props are available to assist people in their practice. The pace of gentle yoga is easy with plenty of instruction. These classes are appropriate for beginners as well people with yoga experience who prefer a more quiet practice.
Mixed Levels Yoga
Mixed Level Yoga uses a blend of yoga styles and levels. Teachers develop a class once they consider the individual levels and capabilities of the students in any given class. Some days it will be more challenging, some days less challenging. Most mixed level classes will cover some vinyasa, standing, sitting, and reclining poses. Each teacher has her own style, but all of Millbrook Yoga teachers have an ability to handle classes with varied levels of students.
Qi Gong/ Tai Chi
Qi Gong is easy to learn, fun to do, and anyone can practice. Qi Gong combines movement and breath with the intent of reducing stress. The benefits include strengthening one’s body, refining one’s energy, and calming one’s mind, all leading to better health and vitality.
Slow Flow allows a person to become familiar with his or her body, create a reflective pause, and create the time to go inward. Slow flow yoga is a therapeutic dance of moving meditation. Slow Flow classes help you find the space between poses while still retaining the gentle rhythm of a flow yoga class.
Vinyasa yoga is about moving through poses with synchronization of the breath. The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way.” Our breath is incredibly important; it’s energy. When we hold our breath, we don’t allow our energy to move and we become imbalanced. The flow of vinyasa has a meditative effect on us. As the breath and movement become fluid, our minds can let go and we can breathe more deeply.
Yin Yoga has a long history with roots in India and China and has been part of traditional yoga practices for generations. The primary focus of Yin Yoga is the lower body – hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine – areas rich in fascia and other connective tissue. Specific sequences are designed to stimulate particular meridians as understood in traditional Chinese medicine. Sarah Powers, one of the foremost teachers of Yin Yoga today, believes one of the primary objectives of a yin practice is the cultivation of inner stillness.