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Heartwood offers a variety of yoga classes for the general public, each class designed for bigger and quieter yoga experiences where people can enjoy convening with nature and retreating from life's stresses in a relaxed, beautiful environment. Our classes not only provide excellence in theory and form, (thanks to a teaching staff comprised of only experienced ERYT-500 certified teachers with special training in yoga therapy, Reiki and other healing mediums) but the beauty of the space, the gorgeous natural environment, and the resources of a meditation garden, walking labyrinth and other mindful spaces provide opportunity for a deeply introspective and expansive yoga experience. (Scroll down to see a list of our yoga options, class descriptions and prices.)
For up to one hour after class at Heartwood Retreat Center, students are invited to hang out to browse our yoga library, relax in our welcoming yoga center or to visit the Chakra meditation garden with a cup of tea or a journal, a wonderful way to extend the yoga experience to include much deserved personal time for reflection, balance, and to feel deeply refreshed, inspired and renewed. We want your yoga experience to go beyond the physical, by encouraging you to embrace yoga beyond the hour on the mat, so your practice will serve you in deeper ways.
Up to date schedules can be found by uploading the free Heartwood Retreat Center app to your phone for convenience or check below for current classes. Yoga Sessions are a series of 5 classes connected by a theme, such as Yoga for Stress reduction, or Yoga and the Chakras. These classes are closed enrollment, allowing us to work with one group at a time to introduce and build on helpful yoga concepts (over the 5 sessions) to provide a yoga experience that has continuity and is reflective, educational and inspirational.
Heartwood offers two 75 minute yoga classes a week for students to drop in or take as the spirit moves them- a perfect opportunity to try out our facility. All other classes are 90 minutes, offered in 5 week sessions. These short courses are each designed with a theme so students have a slightly "bigger" yoga experience than what might be had in a studio or gym. The closed enrollment system of the 5 week course means students will enjoy a class, but learn a bit about the deeper dimensions of yoga too. Each class includes a 75 minute class, and 15 minutes of conversation, exercise, meditation or other activity to expand the student's awareness and understanding of yoga's potential to enhance health, self-knowing and wellness. Offering these classes in sessions means we can control class size (keeping the sessions to 10 or less) to assure safety during covid, but also provides the opportunity to deliver a progressive learning experience since the instructor can build from lesson to lesson for 5 weeks to introduce concepts that can be taken off the mat and into our lives. Check the offerings here.
Heartwood has a variety of weekly yoga & meditation classes with drop in options or yoga courses in 5 week sessions. Download our free phone app (HeartwoodRetreatCenter) for daily schedule updates.
Heartwood staff have the highest credentials recognized in yoga, making them highly proficient mentors for anyone seeking private instruction or formal yoga therapy. Our therapists are C-IAYT - certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
Heartwood offers children's yoga classes and a very special youth yoga camp for ages 4-12 or teens each summer. Heartwood is a certified children's yoga facility and all teachers are RCYT (Registered Children Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.)
No matter what stage of cancer treatment you are in, yoga can help with stress, pain management, self-acceptance, trusting your body again, This cancer informed gentle yoga class is appropriate for everyone addressing the challenges of cancer in support of your healing journey. All those who have been impacted by cancer are invited to attend.
We strive to help our students dive deeper into yoga theory to support a greater understanding of authentic yoga. Check out our free online courses to expand your awareness.
Heartwood features meditation courses or as an accompaniment to yoga class to learn and practice various meditation techniques. We also offer monthly sound healing crystal bowl and gong sound bath.
Students taking more than one session in a single time frame (such as attending two sessions a week) receive 10% off.
Gentle Yoga serves as a great introduction to yoga and/or is designed for students with physical limitations or who have stepped away from physical challenges for a while and need a gentle reentry to body conditioning. The class offers traditional Inegyar inspired hatha yoga instruction with an emphasis on proper alignment, breathing, gentle stretching, and stress relieving restorative poses.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. This class gently restores the body and mind, with soothing poetry, aroma and gentle poses, a great way to re-set the nervous system and to honor and care for your body.
These class offers traditional Ingeyar inspired hatha yoga with full sun salutations, pranayama (breathing) and a variety of balance and stretching postures. Inversions are limited to supported poses and restorative asana positions. The instructor offers alternative poses and movement suggestions throughout the class, assuring all students can work to the level appropriate to their current development.
Journey to the Heart, and Movement and Meditation are meditative classes, healing in nature, designed to reduce stress & reconnect with yourself. These slower-paced, mindfulness based practices provide a safe, compassionate environment that is softer, nurturing, meditative and relaxing. Accessible to all levels and ages.
Yin is a yoga system that is designed for good join health and the restoring of deep connective tissue. With a relaxed approach to postures that are held for 3-5 minutes, this class increases flexibility while addressing areas of the body that are not addressed in the traditional mat class.
Flow yoga is a vinyasa style of practice that incorporates breath and movement with held postures to move energy and forge a deep relationship with the body and the breath. This Iyengar inspired practice is an all levels yoga class incorporating some meditation. Slow Flow and Roll is a flow class incorporating a yoga wheel for added health benefit. Appropriate for beginners and all levels.
Learn how to greatly supplement your existing yoga practice with gravity and inversion positions that traction the full spine and joints, stabilize the structural muscles and flush and invigorate the entire hormone system. Our Om gym yoga system provides an adjustable yoga sling with attached handles to safely take your yoga practice off the mat and into the air. We also have aerial silk classes for those looking for the cocoon effect in their practice. These classes begin on the mat and graduates to the sling where the instructor offers a patient, careful introduction to the benefits of aerial yoga. Students work at their own pace and comfort level. Appropriate for beginners.
During this restorative yoga practice, sometimes referred to as “yogic sleep” the body is comfortable and supported in Savasana. An accessible practice for all, it can be experienced on a mar or in a chair, To bring the body to a state of complete relaxation, students are led through a series of guided meditations which include body and breath awareness to purposefully connect into the deeper realms of the mind creating a space for healing. Yoga Nidra can help relieve stress, anxiety, headaches, trauma-related disturbances and sleep disorders.
Start your day in a spiritual way! Our Nature Yoga category allows students to take their yoga beyond the classroom to the beautiful grounds of Heartwood. This includes Yoga on the Labyrinth, Yoga at the Medicine Wheel, or inspirational classes in our outdoor pavilion. Each class has a theme, such as finding our path or purpose, letting go, non-attachment, trust, connecting to nature or other inspirational yoga concepts with meditation and practice designed to provoke thought and inspire appreciation, change and acceptance of issues in our lives.