Class Formats

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Connect with a friend, family member or partner as we join breath and motion for a unique opportunity to experience yoga. Develop greater trust, sensitivity and understanding as we sustain our partners with our presence, breath and support through partner yoga. Unite breath and motion to experience yoga from a new perspective…beginners encouraged. Develop greater trust, sensitivity and understanding as we sustain our partners with our presence, breath and support. In these yoga poses, partners rely on each other’s support to keep correct body alignment, balance, and concentration.

Begin at the Beginning
Focus on the foundations of Hatha Yoga with a hands-on, “how-to” format.  You will learn some of the basic traditional poses and breathing exercises that will give you the foundation to join in an on-going class or begin a personal practice.  While this class is designed for beginners, it is also an opportunity for those revisiting their practice or those wanting to reconnect with the foundations of the discipline of Hatha Yoga.

Yoga for Everyday Living

This class is a practice of asanas (postures) that relate to everyday movement.  Focusing on back strength, core and pelvic stabilization, balance,  and lengthening of muscles,  students will learn the most beneficial way to  position the body for the routine movements we use every day- sitting down, rising from a chair, standing, walking, reaching.  Your specific physical needs will be addressed, allowing you to familiarize yourself with  areas that need to be strengthened or accommodated to ensure  healthy movement throughout the day. All levels welcome


Yoga for Bone Health
Ongoing osteoporosis research shows positive benefits of yoga on preventing and reversing signs of osteoporosis and osteopenia. Join me for a practice addressing the issue of bone health. You will  be guided through  a series of postures to aid in strengthening bone while improving flexibility and balance.

Chair Yoga

We all know how to sit on a chair, but do you sit in good postural alignment? Incorporating the Mountain pose brings you into proper alignment on the chair. You then use the chair as a tool to assist you in all your yoga asanas. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body, allowing you to take full advantage of the many benefits of yoga, the integration of body, mind, and spirit.This class provides a practice for those with limited mobility from injury, who cannot sit long or comfortably on the floor, or those who want to explore a different yoga experience. Chairs are provided.

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Also known as “Yogic Sleep,” is a combination of relaxation, affirmation, respiration and visualization techniques that are used together to create deep relaxation in the physical body. This multidimensional approach to relaxation facilitates the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Restore & Rest
This practice combines the benefits of both Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). Savor the deep relaxation of restorative yoga postures for the first half of the class, then move into the guided module of Yoga Nidra, a de-programming of our central nervous system to encourage integrated rest and relaxation. This practice is appropriate for anyone, regardless of physical condition. Please dress warmly in layers, as you will be lying in Savasana for about an hour.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors (Gentle Restorative Yoga)
Reunite your mind, body and soul after cancer treatment. Join for a flowing sequence of supported yoga postures, breath work and meditation designed to help manage the side effects and stress of cancer. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, relaxing practice that provides an effective way to: reduce stress, manage treatment side effects, relieve pain, regain health and attain peace of mind.  This class is appropriate for all levels and no prior yoga experience is needed.  This class is open to all cancer patients and survivors.

To register for this class contact:
Jennifer Hicks
Program director UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship