Yoga For Everybody September News

 

September is a time of transition and transformation–a time for looking within, creating a manageable routine, and beginning anew. Today, your friends at Aries Ashtanga Yoga are delivering a gentle reminder to embrace your fresh start! You can probably remember the invigorating feeling of brand-new clothes and shoes, crisp clean backpacks, and sharpened pencils that accompanied your first day of school as a child. And since change is inevitably accompanied by resistance, you may also remember those anxious first-day-of-school jitters. Return to your practice, to your center, and to your confidence this September as you make yoga part of your daily routine. We'll roll the mat out for you–all you have to do is show up!



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The physical building that houses Yoga for Everybody's studio is an older brick building in Downtown Fairfield. We occupy the whole upstairs. Our studio has two practice rooms with windows on three sides, and there is a lobby, sign-in room, restrooms, and a changing room.



 


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

― Rumi

New Yoga Schedule

With the birth of another season comes the advent of a new yoga schedule! We hope you are comforted to see many of your old favorites and exited to see some fresh faces and additions to our classes. Check out the complete schedule on our website for more details.



New Class Highlights:


Sun Restorative with Kris 9:00am-10:30am

Mon Vinyasa with Erin 11:30am-12:30pm

Tues Restorative with Kris 9:00am-10:30am

Wed Bikram with Jan 4:00pm-5:00pm

Thurs 50+ Yoga with Eric 3:00pm-4:00pm

Fri  Basic with Andrew 7:00pm-8:30pm

Sat All Levels with David 2:00-3:00pm

 

 

Our studio offers convenient online registration for all class types. Simply follow the link below to our weekly schedule and commit to your yoga routine for this week! Have some questions before you begin? Email a yoga advisor!




Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

New Meditation Workshops

Need to unwind? Get a grip on your busy life? Find a better balance of your work and home life? Join Ali Antonelli for the next six-week session of Relaxation Meditation. During this empowering program, you will learn how to decide what is important to you, how to let go of what is not, and how to find peace--even when you are facing chaos. Want to learn more? Come to a guided meditation and question-and-answer session Friday, September 4th at noon. Pre-registration is required via the link below. Ready to sign up and uncover a happier version of you? Reserve your space today!

 

Register for the Free Q & A

September 4th

12:00pm

 

Register for the 6 wk Program

Facilitated by Andrea Smith

Runs September 6-October 20

Meets Wednesday Nights at 6:00pm

Program Cost:  $395

 

This class is for new caregivers and their babies 6 weeks of age or older, who are not yet crawling.
 
Stretch, bond, and breathe with your baby in this special yoga class designed for caregivers (mothers, fathers, adult relatives!) and their babies . Babies are natural yogis! Each class explores gentle yoga and massage techniques for babies which help aid in digestion, gas and colic relief, improved sleep patterns, and add in the development of fine and gross motor skills.  We also incorporate partner poses and playful songs to help create a casual, comfortable bonding environment. Dress comfortably and bring a receiving blanket for your little one.
Qigong Sound Healing works on a deep level of vibration with the inside of the body: the organs, cells, bones, as well as the breast, reproductive and hormonal systems. Qigong sound healing is like chanting a soft lullaby to the internal make-up of our bodies. When we chant these sounds we facilitate the breakup of stagnant qi and infuse the body with vitality and fresh energy. Repressed emotions within the body will come out when chanting these sounds on a regular basis.
We are constantly being vibrated, on a cellular level, by heard and unheard frequencies. Sound has a tremendous influence over human functionality. Sound is vibration that causes resonance and rhythm in our bodies, touches us and influences our emotions like no other source of input or expression. Due to the demands of our daily lives, the increase in stress related disease in modern society is of little wonder. Stess, which might be defined as “an over ramping of the nervous system” has many contributors. Many external influences have a proven effect on our well being…and so do the sounds of a gong bath. The Gong is one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments, and is used in yoga, sound meditation and vibrational therapy from the distant past to present. A gong bath meditation is an ideal tool for stress reduction, stimulation of the glandular system and serves as a facilitator to break up emotional, physiological and spiritual blockages. Sound and music are nutrients for the nervous system. The auditory mechanism s a mega-portal to the brain and sonic tools empower health, learning and productivity. Due to its nature, the Gong resonates all cells of the body simultaneously in a most powerful and effective way. The goal, in all healing, mediative spiritual and transformational pursuits is to raise and individuals frequency and thereby changing a person’s nature of being, restoring and intrinsic state of balance. This class will start with a breathing technic followed by the gong meditation.
The practice of self-healing meditation is just this: resting the mind in silence and space, allowing it time to recover and rejuvenate. Meditation does not mean sitting in a perfect state of peace while having no thoughts. Instead of attention being drawn off by whatever thought happens to present itself, in meditation, you watch your thoughts from a different, more stabilized perspective. You''re training yourself to place your attention where and when you want. It gives you the ability to direct your thoughts (and mood) in more productive and peaceful directions. This ability has profound self-healing implications for physical and mental health.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of meditation that will take you into the deepest levels of relaxation while still remaining fully aware. It is practiced lying down in savasana (on your back, in corpse pose). Yoga Nidra induces complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Yoga Nidra helps to reduce the tensions that create stress, disease and unhappiness. Those tensions are physical tensions, emotional tensions, and mental tensions. You are guided through a series of meditations and visualizations.
Yoga Nidra is a profound, deceptively simple and scientifically based tool for physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Through the use of specific guided visualizations the practitioner is able to enter a state of deep rest and penetrate the otherwise inaccessible recesses of the mind. Systematic relaxation of the body and senses through the use of guided visualization allows the individual practicing Yoga Nidra to move with consciousness into the sub-conscious and unconscious realms and open up the possibility of releasing the ingrained patterns that bind us and cause our suffering. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.
In this style of yoga, movement is synchronized to the breath. This style allows for a lot of variety: sitting, balancing, possible inverting, or lying down. It may also include one or more of the salutations (sun A, Sun B, Sun C, or moon). The Teacher will cue you to move from one pose to another using an inhale or exhale. Modifications are always offered with the opportunity to cue up to more challenging poses if desired. Prior yoga experience is recommended.
Gentle Yoga is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are often used for safe practice, and to allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Often restorative poses are practiced as well.  This class is a good option for beginners.
gentle viniyoga. This class places special emphasis on the coordination of movement with breath, and the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice.
Extra-gentle viniyoga/therapeutic. This class places special emphasis on the coordination of movement with breath, and the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice. Ideal for beginners, seniors, and those with injuries or other physical limitations. Sometimes taught in a chair and also standing using the wall.
Gentle (Kripalu) This yoga class is a gentler version of the Level 1. It is a Kripalu-inspired, meditative class with longer holding for a deep, "in-body" experience. Lots of silence to enhance the peaceful nature of yoga. Emphasis on breath, trusting the body's wisdom and Eastern philosophy. If you have issues with blood pressure, knees, shoulders, or other joints, this might be a better class for you than Level 1, and it is a good starting point for a new person.

The program consists of sitting meditation listening to Japji recitation yoga set (postures and breath). Morning meditation with 62 min of chanting. Warm ups and yoga set (kriya) morning meditation consisting of the same 7 chants (one for each chakra) followed by relaxation. There is very little music, with softer background music and mantras. All are welcome, although there will not be guidance and directions for people new to Kundalini.

Your class card is not charged for this class, it is listed as free in our system. 

Wearing white is preferred but not an obligation.
A typical class begins with chanting, ends with singing, and in between features asana, pranayama, and meditation designed to create a specific outcome. Expect to encounter challenging breathing exercises, including the rapid pranayama known as Breath of Fire, mini-meditation, mantras, mudras (sealing gestures), and movement-oriented postures, often repeated for minutes, that will help you find and possibly surpass what you consider your edge, all to your current capacity. The focus is on lasting rather than going deep. Hatha yoga postures or asanas are secondary. No hands-on assists are given in Kundalini, and there are no levels such as introductory or advanced.
This yoga class is open to new and experienced students. It includes a centering, stretches, asanas (yoga postures) standing, sitting and lying down, with explanations of how to come in and out of postures. There is attention to breathing and alignment of the body. Students generally feel inner peace, relaxation, and a sense of renewal from this class.
Mixed level yoga class. Options are offered for different levels. Beginners are better off in Gentle or Level 1.
Mixed level yoga class.  Options are offered for different levels. Beginners are better off in Gentle or Level 1.

Level 2 classes are designed to expand your strength, stamina and flexibility. Expect possible arm balances, inversions, backbends as well as challenging sequences.

This class is for students who have taken at least 6 months of level 1&2 and are ready to take their practice to the next level. More challenging poses and inversions offered.
Short Meditation may be offered at the end of class.
The student can expect a moderate-to-intense class. For experienced students only.
Yoga for moms-to-be! Explore breathing and meditation techniques as well as poses suited to helping ease labor and birth. The prenatal class is designed for expectant mothers. Modified postures will help ease the discomforts that come along with pregnancy. Prepare for childbirth while releasing stress and the worries of pregnancy. Take time to develop a relationship with your baby. Permission from your OB/GYN caretaker is requested before attending
This class has limited space so pre-registration online is a good idea. This yoga practice is extremely gentle and is suitable for everybody, the new student up to the advanced practitioner. Using breathing techniques and guided visualization, the body is supported by blankets, blocks, bolsters and straps in a series of postures intended to allow deep relaxation. This style of yoga addresses mental & physical stress, fatigue and tension while revitalizing the body.
Vigorous Flow Yoga involves synchronizing breath with a progressively more difficult series of linked poses or postures. Combined, this energizing and dynamic series of yoga poses offer a practice that increases core stability, strength, flexibility and endurance. The hallmarks of this spirited practice are the strong focus on core and the steady breathing that connect one pose to the next. 
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for approximately 3-5 minutes each.

Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—to foster optimum lubrication, range of motion and vitality in the body as a whole. Yin Yoga is intended as a supplementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise. 

Appropriate for all levels.

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Erica is a 200 hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher working on the additional 300 hour training through Pranakriya School of Healing Arts.
Erica is certified to teach pre-natal and MS yoga. Erica remains inspired by the Kriplau roots of a compassionate non-judgmental witness consciousness, through continued exploration of energy awareness, and breath work.
With gratitude, Erica continues to explore and nurture a belief in the healing practice of yoga, through the power of yoga to inspire, heal, and connect us to ourselves to each other and to a higher purpose.
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