REGULAR GROUP CLASSES (reservations necessary)
Hatha yoga 90 min
Combination of mindful movement, physical poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and yogic philosophy. During practice a major focus is on developing and applying mindfulness, body awareness and kindness to self. The yoga of sound (nada yoga) is used to promote the elevated experience in a form of specially prepared music lists, vibrations of tibetan bowl and chanting.
Pilates 60 min
Combination of mindful movement and conscious breathing with the goal to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Emphasis is on strengthening the deep core muscles and developing healthy postural alignment. Building the skills of mindfulness and body awareness is also a necessary part of these lessons.
These yoga and pilates classes run as closed groups with term prepayment policy. Occasionally a single opened spot is available for a single participation. Contact me for availability: firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTHLY OPEN CLASS – YIN YOGA (reservation necessary)
Yin is the feminine force in the universe that defines all that is cool, dark, slow, smooth and passive. It is an attitude of reflection, reception and relaxed observation. The yin way is gentle and a surprisingly powerful method to invoke change in both body and mind.
Yin yoga is aunique gentle way of practising Hatha yoga. Instead of recruiting muscles to stabilize a posture the asanas are performed mostly on the ground and are supported by props like bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. Relying on the props to ‘hold’ the shape of the posture the student can fully relax their body — removing all physical effort. By releasing the body in this way the tension is transferred to the connective tissue (fascia) rather than the usual stretch felt through the muscles. The fascial network defines our physical shape as well as playing a large role in our emotional and mental landscape. By stimulating particular areas in the fascial net we are able to manipulate how we are feeling and what we are thinking. During a prolonged period of holding of the asanas (5-8 min) students are encouraged to use mindfulness meditation to observe, allow and accept physical, mental and emotional sensations that might arise.
By applying the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s meridian system and the knowledge of the Indian Chakra paradigm to the Western medicine system of myofascial trains, we can synthesize Eastern and Western approaches to healing.
Yin yoga is suitable for any level of fitness or yoga experience. It’s not recommended to hyper flexible bodies and pregnant women, whose connective tissue is already loose. After the Yin Yoga class it’s not advised to engage in a vigorous physical activity (vigorous sport, lifting heavy weight etc.) for about 6 hours. Please discuss any concerns or health issues (physical / mental) with the instructor prior to taking the Yin Yoga class.
Due to the slow pace of the class It’s recommended to wear extra layers of comfortable clothes and socks.
All group classes are intended for generally healthy people and don’t substitute any medical treatment. Yet, they may serve as a support or complement to physiotherapy, chronic illness treatment or stress management. As the emphasis is on cultivating body awareness, the clients are encouraged to listen to their bodies and adjust or stop any exercise that would feel painful. The body and mind need a healthy challenge to cultivate strength and flexibility. Yet, pain is always a signal to stop. Practitioners of all levels are welcomed to the group classes, modifications are usually given to most practices.
In case of any major health issue (physical or mental) the client needs to consult her medical professional and Jana prior to taking the class. For full terms & conditions click here.
I’ve been practicing yoga with Jana for several years. Sometimes I tease her by telling her that she is my guru, which she refuses humbly. But it’s true. I admire the values that characterise her and that she really lives by and spreads further. Her classes don’t just mean a good exercise for the body, but also alignment of scattered thoughts, clarification of personal life priorities and food of the soul. I often leave her class with a solution to my current problems, including work issues. Again and again Jana tunes into my unexpressed exact thoughts and during the class offers her view or rather a non-preaching insight. I’m greatly inspired by her reminders about an overactive ego, always with perfect timing, but without any unpleasant preaching. One quality I would like to raise above others is Jana’s empathy. At her classes I feel like she is connected with us by invisible threads, through which she is nurturing us with her love and attention.
Inez Cusumano – owner of Chateau Mcely
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