I offer a variety of classes through Rise & Align. Below is a description of the types of classes that Rise & Align yoga provides.
Power Yoga is meant to build heat in the body and allows you to play with your edge. All are welcome in this power class and all skill levels can have a positive and accessible experience.
Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. The poses in a restorative class are typically held for 3-5 minutes.
Gentle Flow Yoga is a class that is great for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. This class will flow slowly through sun salutations and postures designed to build internal heat slowly and gently. Meditation and Pranaymana (breath work) techniques are taught to promote relaxation. Class concludes with Restorative Yoga postures which settle the body and mind.
Trauma Informed Yoga Classes: These classes are designed to allow students to safely and comfortably get in touch with their bodies. Classes are similar to Gentle Flow classes but can be modified to suit the student. For more information about Trauma Informed Classes, please email me at nicole@riseandalign.
The objective of trauma-sensitive yoga is not to access emotions or dredge up trauma memories, but rather to help clients heighten their body awareness—to notice what is happening inside their bodies—and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear and arousal, and tolerate sensation. The practice is based on the growing understanding that trauma takes a heavy toll on the body and the brain. When the body absorbs and anticipates trauma, individuals are likely to experience hyperarousal, hypervigilance, and an inability to calm themselves. At the same time, their bodies respond by shuttering or dampening sensation. They avoid stimuli and their bodies become numb. Trauma-sensitive yoga helps them learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and, thus, their emotions. They're able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies. (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga By Kate Jackson Social Work Today Vol. 14 No. 6 P. 8)
I offer various types of private sessions for individuals and groups. If you are interested, please email me to find out more information about the private sessions that I offer.