class update
NEW! Thursday night Level 1 Easy Evening Yoga at 8:30 pm with Melanie.

mission statement

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. 

offerings

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.

yoga

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)
Thursdays 6:45-8:00 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)

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.
 

yoga for core and connection

Mondays 6:45-8:00 pm (Carolyn)

A truly stable core allows the body to respond naturally, without bracing and excessive tension, despite changes in how fast you are going, how much weight you are carrying, or if you are changing direction.  This unique class is for people seeking to strengthen and balance their internal structure—“core” stability—through improved movement.  Class will include a blend of mindful movement, breathing exercises, yoga poses and meditation to help practitioners experience how a supportive and responsive “core” emerges when you are moving and breathing well. Class suitable for all levels.


easy evening yoga

Tuesdays 8:30-9:45 pm (Melanie)
Thursdays 8:30 - 9:45 (Melanie)

This class is perfect for those wanting an introduction to yoga.

The foundational flows and poses are introduced and built upon in practice with special attention to alignment and safety. This later in the evening class has longer holds, movements coordinated with breath and an extended final relaxation. If you are new to yoga, or looking for a relaxing way to unwind from the day please join us!
 

gentle/chair yoga

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.

 

vocal yoga - Class is on a hiatus at this time.

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

 

pilates

pilates mat

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

strength

Mondays 9:45-10:30 am (Stan)
Wednesdays 9:45-10:30 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.

cardio

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.

 

meditation

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.

please click on image to enlarge

quote 02.jpg