Body Grace brings safe, effective, high quality group fitness and yoga classes to the community in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.
We strive to help students achieve physical strength, and mental and emotional ease through consistent exercise, believing that care of the body through fitness is a sacred act.
We recognize individual physical needs and abilities with classes that encourage self exploration and reinforce a strong mind/body connection.
Body Grace offers yoga, Pilates, cardio and strength classes to help you develop a strong, healthy, and functional body. Classes are conveniently timed so there are always options to fit into your busy schedule at an affordable price.
Body Grace teaches an alignment-based vinyasa (flow) style of yoga. These classes move slowly from pose to pose, linking breath and movement with an emphasis on alignment and longer holds. Classes encourage students to move slowly, deeply, and mindfully into their bodies, creating a greater depth and awareness in their yoga practice.
alignment flow level 1
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm (Melanie)
Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 am (Jan)
Tuesdays 7-8:15 pm (Beth)
A foundational class that includes a flowing warm-up, sun salutations, standing postures, balance, core work, gentle back bends, forward bends and twists, and ending with relaxation. This would be a nice place to begin a flowing yoga practice or for those looking for a good basic practice to help with strength, flexibility, and stress release.
alignment flow level 1-2 (multi-level)
Mondays 6:45-8 pm (Beth)
Tuesdays 8-9:15 am (Jan)
Saturdays 8-9 am (Body Grace Staff)
Saturdays 9:30-10:45 am (Body Grace Staff)
This class is the same as Level 1, but with a few more sun salutations added and offering students the option for more challenging variations of some of the other poses.
alignment flow level 2
Wednesdays 6:45-8 pm (Jan)
Fridays 10:30 am - 12 pm (Jan)
For people seeking a bit more in their yoga practice, this class includes more breath work, all variations of sun salutation, more challenging balance poses, and working toward deeper back bends, forward bends, and twists. Some yoga experience is preferred for this class; no beginners please.
slow flow yoga
Mondays 10:45-11:45 am (Emily)
Tuesdays 11 am - 12:15 pm (Jan)
Tuesdays 5:15 - 6:15 pm (Rheema)
Thursdays 11 am - 12:15 pm (Kathy)*
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm (Emily)
Saturdays 11 am - 12:15 pm (Body Grace Staff)
This is a less strenuous yoga class including a longer warm-up using gentle flowing movements, working toward standing postures and balance work, and ending with floor work and relaxation. A nice class for those seeking a slower-paced practice or those who are new to yoga.
*Kathy's 11 am Thursday slow flow class will occasionally include partnering with another class member to explore a specific pose with support.
Wednesdays 11 am - 12 pm (Jan)
A gentle yoga practice using a chair for support in both seated and standing postures. This class also includes some floor exercises and relaxation and is suitable for everyone and perfect for anyone with some limitations.
Thursdays 6:45 - 7:45 pm (Emily)
This class uses the support of bolsters and blankets to stay in a pose for up to 10 minutes. The yin component allows us to move into a deeper stillness of body and mind by stretching out the connective tissues of the major joints. By relaxing into the poses and staying, the opening of the body happens organically. The restorative component slows the major systems of the body allowing us to release ourselves from the damage of chronic stress and stimulates the body’s internal healing to move towards balance.
Mondays 4- 5 pm (Melanie) The 1 pm class is not being offered at this time.
This class requires instructor approval
Taught by Melanie Dorn, a Speech Language Pathologis, LSVT Certified Clinician, Certified Vocal Yoga Instructor HLVYM.
$20 per class fee for every student ($120 for an eight week session)
This class is specifically for those that currently have voice disorders, have a history of voice disorders secondary to vocal abuse or Parkinson's Disease. They may or may not have already received voice therapy. This class will provide them with a way to consistently use deep breathing techniques to maintain or improve a good quality voice.
This class combines vinyasa yoga, deep breathing and vocalizations to increase breath support necessary for a strong, good quality voice. The combination of yoga and deep breathing is perfect for anyone use uses their speaking or singing voice on a daily basis, holds tension in their neck or has had a previous vocal dysfunction including hoarse voice quality and decreased volume. Participants will benefit by stretching muscles necessary for breathing, learning deep breathing techniques, increased relaxation, improved posture and improved vocal care.
To obtain instructor approval please email Melanie.Dorn@verizon.net
Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 am
This is a mat class with standing work, focusing on the fundamental Pilates principles of alignment, flexibility, and overall core strength. Each class is tailored to the mix of students each week. Exercises are offered in base pose through advanced, and students are encouraged to work within their own fitness level. No Pilates experience is necessary, however, this class is best suited for the already physically active student.
strength & cardio
Mondays 9:45-10:30 am (Stan)
Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 am (Stan)
Fridays 8:30-9:15 am (Jan)
Fridays 9:30-10:15 am (Jan)
A great muscle-conditioning class that utilizes weights, tubing, and body-weight exercises, working every major muscle group. This class proves that you don't need a lot of fancy equipment to have a strong, healthy body! Please wear supportive fitness shoes.
Wednesdays 8:30-9:15 am (Jan)
This class includes approximately 30 minutes of mixed impact aerobics, choosing the level that's appropriate for you. All fitness levels welcomed. Class also includes muscular strength work and a relaxing stretch. Occasionally fun circuit/interval classes will be taught to help challenge the body in a new way. Please wear supportive fitness shoes.
Sundays 9-10:30 am
Please join us in this drop-in meditation group. Our intention is to provide a relaxed place for you to come learn or practice Vipassana meditation with a group of like-minded individuals. Class will typically consist of approximately 30 minutes of a guided sitting meditation, followed by a dharma talk, or Q&A.
Fee: This class is offered on a donation basis. Lack of funds should not be an obstacle to coming to class, so please practice generosity, as you are able.
Jon Waterman began practicing yoga and meditation while teaching martial arts in the early seventies, with a concentration, since 1994, on Insight meditation. Jon is a founding partner of Mind Body Health Associates, which brings Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs to hospitals, universities, and the workplace.
Trisha Stotler has been practicing various forms of meditation for 20 years, and has a keen interest in mindfulness practice as it relates to stress, chronic pain and illness, and trauma. She is on the Board of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute.